Ayotte Continues to Focus More on Winning National GOP's Favor than Needs of NH's People
CONCORD - Kelly Ayotte, who spent the better part of the summer aggressively campaigning to be Mitt Romney's Vice President, will have her moment in the spotlight tonight, but here at home voters are left scratching their heads at her failed record and out-of-whack priorities.
"Kelly Ayotte is more focused on winning the favor of the national Republican Party thanthe priorities of New Hampshire citizens," said Raymond Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "In her short time in the Senate, Ayotte has racked up a lot of air miles for Mitt Romney - and a lot of bad votes for New Hampshire."
Though not accepting her party's nomination as Vice President like she had hoped, Senator Kelly Ayotte will nonetheless bring her failed record and inexperience to the podium this evening as she addresses the RNC in Tampa. Particularly in areas important to women and the middle-class, Ayotte comes up glaringly short
Kelly Ayotte has repeatedly pushed to take women in New Hampshire backward - not forwards.
"In the Senate, she has repeatedly failed to fight for women's rights by voting against equal pay for women and advocating against a woman's right to choose and Planned Parenthood at every step of the way," Buckley said.
Ayotte is a vocal critical of the Affordable Care Act and advocates repeal without a clear plan to replace or address the preventative care benefits for women. Ayotte also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help stop wage discrimination before it starts.
Ayotte is an endorser and cheerleader for Paul Ryan's radical budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it and raise costs on seniors.
"Senator Ayotte supports the radical Ryan Budget plan that would hurt the middle class by making massive cuts to programs critical to its economic security and ending Medicare as we know it to help pay for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires," said Buckley.
Ayotte was also the only member of New Hampshire's federal delegation to vote against the bipartisan Transportation Bill which funded critical infrastructure projects in New Hampshire like the widening of Interstate 93 and provide good jobs for Granite Staters.
AYOTTE BACKWARDS ON WOMEN'S ISSUES
Kelly Ayotte has worked to undermine women's rights: from restricting a women's right to choose to cutting funding for Planned Parenthood to endorsing the Blunt Amendment, she is not an advocate for America's women.
- Abortion: Ayotte is anti-choice and believes that abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape or incest [Concord Monitor, 8/12/09]. One of Ayotte's highest-profile case as New Hampshire's Attorney General was her 2005 decision to defend a law restricting abortion rights before the Supreme Court. The law, enacted in 2003, required parental notification at least forty-eight hours before teenagers could obtain an abortion without an exception for the health of the mother (it did, however, have an exception if the mother's life was at stake).
- Defunding Planned Parenthood: Ayotte said the federal government should not fund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with the Susan B. Anthony List, Ayotte said, "I certainly think that, when we look at the fiscal state of this country right now, we've accumulated a $14 trillion debt and Planned Parenthood is a private non-profit organization that should be sustaining itself and their corporate business model relies on abortions. Abortion yields 37 percent of all Planned Parenthood revenues by conservative estimates. And, also, I'm troubled by what's come out in the videos that have shown that they were essentially looking the other way on sex-trafficking. They obviously need to look at their internal management as well. And, so that's another reason I don't think it's appropriate to provide taxpayer dollars. It's clear that taxpayer dollars for abortion is not something that I support and again their business model really relies on abortion to continue the organization." [Interview with the Susan B. Anthony List, April 6, 2011]
- Affordable Care Act: Ayotte is an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act and advocates repeal without a clear plan to replace or address the preventative care benefits for women [Union Leader, 6/28/2012].
- Blunt-Rubio Amendment: Ayotte voted in support of the Blunt- Rubio Amendment which would take women's health decisions out of their hands and give it to their bosses. [U.S. Senate vote: S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813, 3/1/12]
- Equal Pay: Ayotte voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes that prevent women from fighting for equal pay and help stop pay discrimination before it starts. [U.S. Senate vote: S. 3220, 6/5/12]
AYOTTE PROUD ENDORSER OF THE RYAN BUDGET
Ayotte and Romney would hurt the middle class, making massive cuts to programs critical to its economic security and ending Medicare as we know it to help pay for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.
- Ryan Budget: Ayotte: "If the Ryan budget comes up for a vote in the Senate, I will support it. And I will say this: I would like to see if those who have been so critical of this budget to put forward a constructive plan. What's your plan for America? ... Now is the time for leadership in this country, and I respect that Paul Ryan has shown that leadership, and there's no other plan on the table right now that puts us on a sustainable path, addressing the rising costs of Medicare." [Washington Post, 5/23/11]
AYOTTE IS FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE
- Balanced Budget Amendment: Ayotte called the Balanced Budget Amendment "the single most important piece of legislation we can pass." [Twitter, 3/31/11]. Economists have called the balanced budget amendment "dangerous," "radical," and "the worst idea in Washington." [Washington Post, 4/1/11]
- Voted against the debt ceiling deal. [Union Leader, 8/2/2011]
- Tax Breaks for Big Oil: In March, 2012, Ayotte voted to sustain tax breaks for big oil. She addressed the issue on Morning Joe where the following back-and-forth occurs:
- Ayotte: I personally would like to see us eliminate all subsidies on those issues. Let's make it an even playing field.
- Brzezinski: So how did you vote on that?
- Ayotte: I voted against it... [Morning Joe, 4/4/12 Clip at 9:12].
AYOTTE OPPOSED THE AUTO RECOVERY
Just like Mitt Romney, Senator Ayotte would have let Detroit go bankrupt.
- Auto Industry: Ayotte: "Well, I get angry when I think about bailouts. Bailouts not only for the private sector but also, obviously, for the car companies. I don't think that's the right direction for us. And that highlights it, I think that's what part of the anger was from the Tea Party movement, but also just anger about what's happening here in Washington with the fiscal state of this country." [The Daily Rundown, 3/15/12]