After Stonewalling New Hampshire Reporters, Ayotte Now Actively Seeking Endorsement From One Of Republican’s Far Right Leaders

Today, two months after refusing to tell New Hampshire voter if her ideology was closer to Maine Senator Olympia Snowe or extreme right-wing South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, we finally have the answer - Ayotte would be a DeMint Republican.  According to POLITICO, Kelly Ayotte has been actively reaching out to Senator DeMint in hopes of securing his endorsement.  With each passing day, Ayotte affirms her right-wing credentials. Ayotte is anti-choice, anti-gay rights, and against common sense health care reforms. DeMint is someone who believes that health care reform is not needed because anyone can “show up at a hospital,” he compared the U.S. to Nazi Germany, and has said he wants to “break Obama.”  If Ayotte were to receive DeMint’s endorsement, she would join the ranks of extreme right-wingers like Chuck DeVore in California, Marco Rubio in Florida, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, and Tom Coburn in Oklahoma.  A brief introduction to Senator Jim DeMint is below.   

 “After dodging the question from a New Hampshire reporter for months, today’s story reveals Kelly Ayotte’s true colors as a right-wing conservative Republican out of the New Hampshire mainstream,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Communications Director Eric Schultz.  “We challenge Ayotte to offer policy differences with DeMint.  Being a Jim DeMint Republican might work in South Carolina, but it’s not going to sell in New Hampshire in 2010.”

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is perhaps the most conservative member of the United States Senate.  Instead of working to help the people of South Carolina, DeMint has been hell-bent on obstructing each and every proposal that President Obama puts forth to turn the economy around and get our country back on track. 

Ayotte Refused to Clarify If Her Ideology Was Closer to Snowe or DeMint. According to the Laconia Citizen, Ayotte “balked at providing many direct answers from a variety of questions that varied from her stand on states’ rights, to whether her political philosophy was closer to that of Maine Republican Olympia Snowe or South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint. ‘I can’t identify with one person, but I would listen to the people of New Hampshire,’ Ayotte said” [Laconia Citizen, 9/10/09]

DeMint Said He Would Rather Have 30 Republicans Who Agreed With Him Than 60 Who Didn’t.  DeMint continued: “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”  [Washington Examiner, 4/28/09]

DeMint: “Freedom Fighters Are Outnumbered In Congress.” In 2009, DeMint told 9/12 protesters gathered in Washington DC that “freedom fighters” were outnumbered in Congress. He said, “Friends, this is a critical battle for the heart and soul of America, and for freedom itself. Freedom fighters are outnumbered in congress, but not in America. If you continue to stand up and speak out, we will save freedom in America.” [Politico, 9/12/09]

DeMint Compared US To Nazi Germany. In 2009, DeMint blasted the direction the country was taking under President Obama to Germany before the Nazi takeover by Adolf Hitler and other “power grabs” in modern history. He said, We’re about where Germany was before World War II, where they became a social democracy. You still had votes, but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran and other places in South America, like (President Hugo) Chavez is running down in Venezuela.” [The State, 8/9/09]

DeMint: No One Is Uninsured Because Anyone Can “Show Up At A Hospital.” In 2009, DeMint downplayed the number of uninsured individuals in his state because hospitals are open to everyone. He said, “No one is going to go without health care because everyone can show up at the hospital, that's just not the most efficient way to do it.” [Huffington Post, 11/4/09]

  • ·         Nearly 20% Of South Carolinians Are Uninsured. In 2009, the South Carolina Department of Insurance reported that 19.4% of South Carolinians were without health insurance and every uninsured individual in the state imposes a cost of $1,936 on the larger health care system. [South Carolina Department of Insurance; accessed 11/23/09]

DeMint: Health Care Reform Is An “Irredeemable Disaster,” “Rotten To Its Core.”  In November 2009, DeMint blasted Senate colleagues who voted to bring health care reform to the floor. He said, “Some senators may have made a career-ending decision tonight. If this bill ultimately passes, voters will hold them responsible. Americans will not soon forget who voted to sell out our freedom in order to give Washington more control over our lives. The Reid-Obama health care takeover is an irredeemable disaster that cannot be fixed with a few amendments, because it is rotten to its core.” [DeMint Press Release, 11/21/09]

DeMint: Health Care Is The Democrats’ “Trojan Horse” To Exert Washington Control. In November 2009, DeMint compared health care reform to a Trojan Horse for Democrats to impose control. He said, “Our health care system needs reform, but we need to fix what's broken not end what's working. This bill isn't reform; it's a Trojan Horse for Democrats to enact their decades-long dream of a single-payer system that allows Washington to control every aspect of health care.” [DeMint Press Release, 11/21/09]

DeMint: Joe Wilson Was “Telling The Truth,” Health Care Reform Will Cover Illegal Immigrants.  In 2009, DeMint defended Rep. Joe Wilson who yelled “You lie” at President Obama during his health care address to a joint session of Congress. DeMint said, “Joe has handled it well. The fact is, Joe Wilson was telling the truth. … There’s a huge loophole that virtually guarantees that illegal immigrants would be covered.” [Washington Independent, 9/12/09]

DeMint: Health Care Is Obama’s Waterloo. In 2009, DeMint compared Republican obstruction of President Obama’s health care plan to the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. He said, “If we're able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” [Muskegon Chronicle, 8/26/09]

DeMint Equated The Stimulus With A “Mugging.” In 2009, DeMint accused President Obama and Democrats of “mugging” the American people with the stimulus bill. He said, “The stimulus bill that is being championed by President Obama, which was passed by Democrats in the House last night, is the worst piece of economic legislation Congress has considered in a hundred years. Not since the passage in 1909 of the 16th Amendment - which cleared the way for a federal income tax - has the United States seriously entertained a policy so comprehensively hostile to economic freedom, nor so arrogantly indifferent to economic reality. ... This bill is not a stimulus, ladies and gentlemen; it is a mugging. It is a fraud. [Talking Points Memo, 1/29/09]