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NHDP - What Does McCain Think of Ayotte's Plan to Cut 20 Percent from the VA Budget?

Concord, NH - As Senator John McCain comes to New Hampshire to campaign alongside GOP senate candidate Kelly Ayotte at a veterans rally in Nashua, what will he say about Ayotte's plan to slash the Department of Veteran Affairs' budget by 20 percent?

Kelly Ayotte has proudly touted her idea to cut up to 20 percent in spending from every federal department, and has failed, even when asked, to exclude the VA. At the same time, she's promised New Hampshire veterans a full-service VA hospital, without detailing how she would pay for one. 


"What does John McCain, a veteran himself, think of Ayotte's plan to take a 'hatchet' to the VA's budget?" said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "As they stand together to face New Hampshire's brave service men and women, will they tell them what benefits they're going to cut and what services they're going to eliminate if Kelly Ayotte becomes our senator? Will they tell Granite State vets where they're going to magically find the money to build a full-service VA hospital while cutting 20 percent of the department's budget?

"New Hampshire's veterans deserve better than political posturing and empty, election year promises."


Kelly's Campaign Bulletin - October 1, 2010 

TONIGHT: Kelly on “Hannity”
Kelly and John McCain will be guests tonight on Sean Hannity’s show on FOX. Tune in at 9 PM Friday to see Kelly talk about her candidacy for U.S. Senate and her plans to bring New Hampshire common sense to Washington!

Big Momentum
We all know that the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day. But two polls out this week indicate that Kelly has big momentum.

The WMUR/Granite State Poll released yesterday shows Kelly leading Paul Hodes by 15 points – 50% to 35%. And earlier in the week, an American Research Group survey showed Kelly with a 14 point lead – 46% to 32%. Kelly has now led Paul Hodes in 23 consecutive polls!

No matter what the pundits and pollsters say, Kelly and her team are working day and night to win this election. We can’t – and won’t – let our foot off the gas!

On The Trail With John McCain

Don’t forget: John McCain will campaign with Kelly TOMORROW – Saturday, October 2 – in Nashua and North Hampton. If you haven’t already let us know you’ll be there, call campaign HQ at 232-1162 or send an e-mail to

10:00 AM                     
Rally with Kelly Ayotte and John McCain
VFW Post 483
2 Quincy Street
Nashua, NH 03060
Doors Open At 9:00 AM

12:30 PM                     
Barbeque with Kelly Ayotte and John McCain
Hampton Airfield
9 Lafayette Rd # A
North Hampton, NH 03862
Door Open At 12:00 PM


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NHDP Presents McCain-Ayotte "Waffle" Breakfasts

Concord, NH - Tomorrow, in honor of failed presidential candidate turned right-wing sellout John McCain's visit to New Hampshire to campaign for failed Attorney General turned Sarah Palin endorsee Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire Democratic Party will be hosting two waffle breakfasts, in Manchester and Nashua, prior to major volunteer phone banks and canvasses.
"In their struggle to get through competitive Republican primaries, both McCain and Ayotte waffled on every major issue facing voters this cycle - from immigration and health care to the stimulus and global warming," said NHDP Press Secretary Emily Browne. "They proved themselves more interested in chasing after Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's approval than in being honest advocates for the people they represent."
Details for the breakfasts are below:
Manchester McCain/Ayotte "Waffle" Breakfast
Hodes for Senate HQ
379 Elm Street, Manchester 
Manchester Phone Bank
11am - 2pm, 2pm - 5pm
Hodes for Senate HQ
379 Elm Street, Manchester 
Nashua McCain/Ayotte "Waffle" Breakfast
97 Main Street, Nashua
Nashua Canvass/Phone Bank
11:00-2:00, 2:00-5:00
97 Main Street, Nashua


NRSC - Rothenberg: For Democrats, Senate Still a Possible Nightmare

NOTE: Unless things change, Republicans will likely hold all 18 of their seats up this cycle. No GOP incumbent is in any trouble… Of the open seats, Kelly Ayotte (R) looks like a solid bet over Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D) in New Hampshire, and Rob Portman (R) has opened up a lead over underfunded Lee Fisher (D) in Ohio. In Florida, Independent Charlie Crist appears to be slipping, and that should all but guarantee the election of former state Speaker Marco Rubio (R).

For Democrats, Senate Still a Possible Nightmare

By Stuart Rothenberg

Roll Call Contributing Writer

Sept. 29, 2010 – 11:01 p.m.

Delaware’s Republican primary may well have lulled Democrats into a sense of complacency about their ability to hold the Senate after November’s elections. They would be wise to wake up if they want to avoid a nasty surprise on election night.

Tea party activists did indeed do Democrats a huge favor in selecting Christine O’Donnell (R) to oppose New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) in the fall.

Yes, Coons is an unabashed liberal, and he almost certainly would have fallen to Rep. Michael N. Castle (R) in an election cycle when voters are dissatisfied with Democratic governance and focused on issues such as spending and big government. But most voters don’t care about ideology, and O’Donnell’s worldview and agenda simply do not fit Delaware.

Smart Republicans know they will win if the 2010 elections are about Democrats, not about the Republican candidate’s background or ideology. Tea party activists apparently don’t get that, even though it isn’t a complicated idea.

O’Donnell’s primary victory notwithstanding, Republicans are still headed for major Senate gains, and a 10-seat gain isn’t impossible.

With a month to go until Nov. 2, Republicans have a clear advantage in five seats held by Democrats, with another five seats still in play.

Unless things change, Republicans will likely hold all 18 of their seats up this cycle. No GOP incumbent is in any trouble — even Sens. Richard M. Burr (N.C.) and David Vitter (La.), who seemed at some risk early on, look headed for comfortable victories — and Republican open seats appear to be at limited risk.

Of the open seats, Kelly Ayotte (R) looks like a solid bet over Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D) in New Hampshire, and Rob Portman (R) has opened up a lead over underfunded Lee Fisher (D) in Ohio.

In Florida, Independent Charlie Crist appears to be slipping, and that should all but guarantee the election of former state Speaker Marco Rubio (R).

That leaves Kentucky and Missouri, where weak Republicans are likely to take advantage of a good political environment to hang on to GOP seats.

While Democrats like to talk about Kentucky as “within the margin of error,” most surveys show Rand Paul (R) ahead, probably by somewhere from 3 to 6 points — meaning that the contest could be anywhere from even to Paul up by 8 or 9 points.

While the campaign of Jack Conway (D) claims momentum and portrays the contest as even, there is little reason to see Kentucky as a pure tossup. Paul clearly has a narrow but important edge, with few undecided voters in some surveys.

The same goes for Republican Rep. Roy Blunt in his Missouri Senate contest against Robin Carnahan (D). Blunt isn’t an ideal candidate in this or any cycle, but Carnahan’s Democratic label and liberal bent are more damaging to her. Blunt is ahead in the race by at least a few points, and barring a major goof by the Republican nominee, he should win.

GOP nominees have a solid advantage in three states: North Dakota, Arkansas and Indiana. They have an advantage in the polls — and a momentum advantage — in two other states: Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Polling in Illinois has been close for weeks, but with Republican Bill Brady running ahead in the gubernatorial race and Republican Congressional candidates overperforming in a number of parts of the state, Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk seems more likely than not to win the Senate race.

If all of those races fall into place as expected, they add up to a gain of six seats for Republicans, with six other contests still in play.

Two of the six, Colorado and Nevada, look like tossups. But in a year like this, the party with a strong wind at its back normally has a better-than-even chance of winning the jump balls. In Colorado, in particular, Ken Buck (R) appears to have a slight advantage over Sen. Michael Bennet (D). The Nevada race is so tight, and both Sen. Harry Reid (D) and Sharron Angle (R) are so unpopular, that any outcome is possible.

If Democrats lose both tossups, Republicans would have a net gain of eight seats, and they would need two of the remaining four contests — West Virginia, Washington, California and Connecticut — to net 10 seats

West Virginia voters like Gov. Joe Manchin III (D), but they don’t like President Barack Obama , which is a headache for Manchin in a state that went solidly for Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008. While Manchin can win the Senate seat if the election is about the governor, Democrats could easily lose the seat if the election is about Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Washington and California are difficult for Republicans for different reasons, while Connecticut is quickly emerging as perhaps a more viable target than the two West Coast states.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) isn’t popular, but California is difficult for any Republican nominee. Boxer’s recent television ads seem to be taking their toll on challenger Carly Fiorina, who is slipping in polls.

Sen. Patty Murray (D) is more popular than Boxer, but Washington’s size and politics offer more opportunities for GOP Senate hopeful Dino Rossi.

In Connecticut, Linda McMahon (R) has run a strong race, but the state’s uninspiring Democratic Senate nominee, Richard Blumenthal, for all his problems, enters the final month of the campaign with a small advantage over McMahon. As in California, the partisan bent in Connecticut is a problem for McMahon.

Republicans would need a strong wave to carry through Election Day to make a 10-seat net gain. While that’s not yet likely, Senate Democrats can’t take their East Coast/West Coast firewall for granted.


NHDP - Why Hasn't Palin Showed? 

Concord, NH- As Republican presidential hopefuls continue to flock to the Granite State, why hasn't Sarah Palin made a visit yet? Since wading into New Hampshire this summer to endorse GOP senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, Palin has been noticeably silent, even struggling to remember Ayotte's name when prompted on national TV.
On the other hand, Ayotte has embraced the failed VP candidate, saying she is "proud to have her support" and that the ex-Alaskan governor has an open invitation to come to New Hampshire whenever she likes. [FOX News, 9/24/10; AP, 9/29/10].
Which begs the question - why would Palin turn down an open invitation to the first in the nation primary state?  
"Is Team Ayotte telling their Mama Grizzly to keep quiet, given her abysmal approval ratings in New Hampshire? Or is Sarah Palin just not enthused with her chosen Granite Grizzly?" said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "There's a deluge of 2012 Republican ambition sweeping across New Hampshire, but the ultimate Tea Party darling is noticeably leaving Ms. Ayotte and the NH GOP high and dry."