NRSC Memo: New Hampshire Senate Primary Results

To:            U.S. Senate Republican Leadership

From:        U.S. Senator John Cornyn, NRSC Chairman

Re:            New Hampshire Senate Primary Results

Date:         Wednesday, September 15, 2010

After an open and spirited primary, New Hampshire voters chose former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as their Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, providing Granite Staters with the opportunity to elect a proven, commonsense leader who will fight for smaller government, lower taxes, less spending, and checks-and-balances in Washington.

Liberal Congressman Paul Hodes’ radical left-wing agenda demonstrates that he is far out of step with the values and interests of the state’s fiscally responsible voters. Hodes blindly rubberstamped his party bosses’ failed $787 billion stimulus debacle, and he helped ram into law their massive health care overhaul, which a majority of New Hampshire voters want repealed. Hodes also supported the auto bailout, voted for the radical environmentalists’ cap-and-trade energy tax, and co-sponsored the labor bosses job-killing card check proposal, which would kill workers’ rights to a secret ballot.

That’s why Kelly Ayotte has led her Democrat opponent in every voter survey taken of this race for more than a year. In fact, Rasmussen Reports’ most recent survey shows Kelly Ayotte holding a strong 51 to 38 percent lead over Paul Hodes this November. Meanwhile, Hodes’ national party bosses still refuse to commit to his campaign, demonstrating their wariness about his weak candidacy.

Kelly and her husband Joe, an Iraq war veteran and small business owner, understand firsthand how burdensome Washington policies can affect job-creators in New Hampshire and across America. She knows that out-of-control government spending has hurt our economy and failed to create the much-needed jobs the current administration promised. And Kelly realizes that our children and grandchildren will pay the price for the nation’s current $13 trillion debt, which Hodes championed as an incumbent member of Congress.

Paul Hodes wants a promotion to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to rubberstamp his party’s costly tax-and-spend agenda. In contrast, Kelly Ayotte will be an independent-minded leader who will stand up for the Granite State. If voters like the direction in which Washington is moving, they should elect Paul Hodes. But if they believe that we can do better than the status quo and they are tired of the reckless spending and bloated bureaucracy in Washington, they should choose Kelly Ayotte.

The choice is clear this November, and that is why I am confident that New Hampshire voters will elect Kelly Ayotte as their next U.S. Senator.

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