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Thursday
Sep162010

Ovide Lamontagne Speech Regarding U.S. Senate Primary Results in NH

Click here to watch Ovide's message from the State House in Concord, today.

Good afternoon. I think I recognize some of you from last night’s party. What a party! And what a campaign this has been. This has been a classic New Hampshire campaign, one for the ages that we’ll be talking about for a long time to come.

I believe that in our American Republic, the people are the sovereign – they are the king -- and government is their subject. Well, the people of NH have spoken and they have ruled. While I am disappointed with the result, I humbly accept their verdict and I would ask you to join me in doing the same.

Since the Secretary of State released his final election results earlier this afternoon, a number of our supporters have expressed their strong opinion that I ask for a recount. This is message is meant directly for my supporters from around the State of New Hampshire. I have always promised to tell you the truth, even when it hurts, or when it isn’t convenient.

In my professional life I have been involved in a number of recounts. I have reviewed the numbers and have spoken directly with Secretary of State Gardner and he has assured me that he sees no irregularities in the manner with which the results were reported to him. You know me – and you know that I’m a fighter, but I take on those fights which have a probability of success. In this case, I believe that it is in our best interests to accept the results of the election as finalized by the Secretary of State. Accordingly, I will not be seeking a recount. But I will remain a fighter for you.

A few minutes ago I spoke with Kelly Ayotte and congratulated her on her Primary victory. I have not had a chance to speak with Jim Bender or Bill Binnie, but would like to acknowledge here my gratitude to them for their well-run campaigns.

Words cannot express my gratitude for our campaign staff, for our friends and thousands of supporters and voters who brought us so close to victory yesterday. Against all odds, they contributed their time, talent and their vote in support of our campaign to advance a new conservative agenda -- and they did so in support of a candidate with the toughest name in New Hampshire politics! And I am grateful for that. And together with the help of the Union Leader – which continues to demonstrate its considerable impact particularly in a Republican primary – and conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, who was with us from the beginning, we were able to run a traditional and historic New Hampshire race for the ages.

Going into this campaign, I knew full-well that victory would be difficult. But we set out with a creative plan to win in September and November. And as you saw by this afternoon’s photo finish, we came very, very close. I also knew that waging this campaign would make a difference - and with the help of thousands of NH citizens, I believe we did make a difference!

We did so by staying on a positive, issue-oriented conservative message based on the core principles of freedom and liberty. We did so with the considerable support of men and women throughout the State of New Hampshire at the grassroots level in every county and every town. And we did so by conducting ourselves with dignity and decorum and we can and should all hold our heads high.

"I have said from the beginning that our nation is in crisis and we are in desperate need of conservative leadership in Washington. That remains true, so I will continue to be an advocate for conservative principles to prevail in the November election. During the campaign, you heard me talk about Ovide’s Oath – my 15 point pledge to deliver conservative reform to Washington. Today, I’m making another pledge to you. Republicans, working together with like minded Independents and Democrats will defeat Paul Hodes in November!

With that said, we must move quickly to transition into the general election in support of our Party’s nominee, Kelly Ayotte, and it is my intention to do just that. I ask our supporters to join me and do the same today.

Thank you for your support and the kindness you have shown me and my family during this past year. God bless you, God bless America and God bless the great state of New Hampshire!



Thursday
Sep162010

Ayotte For US Senate - Kelly Ayotte Thanks Her Supporters 

Kelly Ayotte, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, thanked her supporters during a speech tonight at Ayotte for Senate campaign headquarters in Manchester. The following are her remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you. Today we begin the race to beat Paul Hodes. And with your help, that's exactly what we are going to do.

I am here today because of you, my staff and volunteers who went door-to-door and made thousands of phone calls. You have opened your homes and your businesses to me. You have also opened your hearts to me and my family. We will never forget it.


We must never forget that this election is about who will replace Senator Judd Gregg: A Senator who has set an example nationwide on fiscal responsibility and fighting for taxpayers. I want to finish what Senator Gregg has begun. And I want to thank he and his wife Kathy for their support and service to our country.


I certainly wouldn't be here today without the support of my family. That especially means my parents, who put up 4 x 8 signs across the state. And of course my husband Joe. He has been amazing. He hasn’t seen this much smoke and fire since he came back from Iraq!


This was an incredibly spirited and close primary. I would like to say a word about Ovide Lamontagne. Ovide is a principled conservative and I have great respect for him and the race he ran. Ovide was a gentleman in the race and a gentleman when he called to offer his support. It means a lot that I have also heard from Bill Binnie, Jim Bender, and Dennis Lamare. I have great respect for each of them. We will be united in this race and we will defeat Paul Hodes.

You may have seen Paul Hodes’ ad where he says Washington, DC is like a big hot dog eating contest. But if you look closely, you’ll see Congressman Hodes has plenty of ketchup and mustard on his chin.

Paul Hodes has voted for bailouts, failed stimulus spending, ever-increasing deficits, a trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare, and huge tax increases. In fact, Paul Hodes voted with Nancy Pelosi ninety-three percent of the time. Ninety-three percent.


I will vote with New Hampshire 100% of the time.


Put simply, this election is about two very different visions for the future of New Hampshire and our nation.


Paul Hodes’ vision is for increasing the size of government paid for with higher taxes, higher deficits, more spending and more Americans out of work.


I have a different vision for our future. It is a vision of individual opportunity and responsibility. It is one of less spending, lower taxes, and creating an environment in which our small businesses can grow and create jobs. I will work to stop the spending spree in Washington and to stop this Administration’s looming tax increases. 


America faces great challenges. None greater than our economy and crushing national debt. And this election will determine whether we will meet this challenge.


My family is like most New Hampshire families. And we worry about the same things you do.


We want to help our small businesses by cutting taxes and eliminating burdensome federal paperwork.


We want to secure America’s economic future by stopping wasteful Washington spending. That means no more earmarks, no more midnight deals and no more putting off tough decisions.


We want to keep our country and its citizens safe in a dangerous world. We must remain steadfast and vigilant in the fight against terrorists. Coming from a military family, that’s a solemn duty I will keep.


We must return to the core principles that have made our country great. That means our national leaders must stop apologizing for the United States of America.


As Attorney General, I rolled up my sleeves to tackle the difficult challenges that faced our state.


Now I want to take that same tough leadership to Washington. I won’t back down from a fight in the Senate, just like I didn’t shy away from making tough decisions as Attorney General.


To my supporters: You have earned this victory. Thank you for all you have done.  But our work isn’t finished. We have seven weeks to win this election. As hard as you’ve worked already, I’m asking you to work even harder.

Tomorrow is the first day of the general election.

I ask you to roll up your sleeves – as I will – to win this election. I am going to Washington to fight for you and take America back.



Thursday
Sep162010

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.

To learn more please text “HODES” to 54608

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NRSC Website

Thursday
Sep162010

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley on Kelly Ayotte Surviving the GOP Senate Primary

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Kelly Ayotte's defeat of Ovide Lamontagne, Bill Binnie, and Jim Bender in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

"Throughout this campaign, Kelly Ayotte has proven that she would not stand up for the people of New Hampshire.  She has made clear that she is out of touch with Granite State values, and that in the Senate she would be a rubber stamp for her Republican Party handlers, the Washington insiders financing her campaign, and Sarah Palin.  

"In addition to opposing every single piece of legislation designed to create jobs and rebuild economy proposed this year, Kelly has continually altered her positions to fall in line with the radical fringe of the national Republican Party.  She has flip-flopped in numerous key issues including, stating that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shouldn't have been passed after eagerly using the funds as Attorney General, and falsely claiming that global warming isn't real after acknowledging the threat it posed just one year ago.

"The simple truth is that New Hampshire voters can't trust her to represent them in the United States Senate."


Wednesday
Sep152010

Ovide for Senate - Comments on Last Night's Election

Manchester, NH--Jim Merrill, Senior Advisor to Ovide for Senate, this morning released a statement concerning last night's primary election.

"On behalf of Ovide and our entire campaign team, I want to extend a heartfelt 'thank you' to the thousands of supporters who turned out yesterday to make calls, knock on doors, hold signs and vote for Ovide. The momentum that everyone has felt for Ovide in recent weeks was very real, and it showed yesterday by the evening ending with the race too close to call. Ovide's supporters have proven that a true grassroots effort, hard work, passion and principle still make a real difference in New Hampshire. We are still awaiting a final tally from yesterday's vote, which has not yet been released. While we wait, we ask for your patience and we will release an update once we have additional information."