September 3rd, 2010
04:42 PM ET
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Coburn backs Ayotte in New Hampshire Senate race

Sen. Tom Coburn has endorsed New Hampshire Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.
Sen. Tom Coburn has endorsed New Hampshire Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte.

Washington (CNN) - The New Hampshire Republican hoping to keep an open Senate seat in GOP hands picked up the endorsement of another out of state conservative on Friday.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced his support for Kelly Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Attorney General who also has the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"I look forward to having Kelly Ayotte join us in the Senate next year to help defend the Constitution's limitations on federal power and to fight for the fiscal survival of our country," Coburn said in a statement. "She has the experience, the commitment and the integrity to be a strong force for reducing spending, protecting freedom and making government effective yet manageable."

Ayotte has three opponents in the GOP primary, but the race has shaped up as a battle between her and Bill Binnie, a millionaire businessman who has loaned huge chunks of cash to his own campaign.

Palin's July endorsement of Ayotte got a chilly reception from one of the state's most conservative and influential newspapers, a reaction not uncharacteristic of a state known for its political independence.

Shortly after Palin's endorsement, a blistering Op-Ed on the front page of the New Hampshire Union-Leader by publisher Joseph McQuaid said Palin knows little about the Granite State and even less about its residents. Earlier this week, the paper endorsed Ayotte rival Ovide Lamontagne.

New Hampshire voters will decide the Republican Senate nominee in the state's September 14 primary.


Filed under: 2010 • New Hampshire • Tom Coburn
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Marco Esquandolas

    Oh, she picked up endorsements from those two knuckleheads? Looks like I won't be voting for Ayotte.

    September 3, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    All you need to hear is Coburn is backing her and you know she is a radical GOPer. Throw in the Caribu Barbie endorsement and you know she's a teabagger freak.
    But it's good they come out of the closet.

    September 3, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Can you name one Republican who has done anything to help Americans who need jobs, other than Palin. Palin's created 4 jobs, one for herself, one for her husband, one for Bristol and one for Bristol's baby daddy Levi.

    September 3, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Kelly Is A good conservative . . . BUT . . .

    She Is not the Tea Party candidate. Vote Lamontagne – We Are The
    Tea Party and We Are Coming To Take Over America
    Angel – Buck – MIller – Paul – O'Donnell (Delaware – not that liberal Castle).

    Be afraid libtards, be afraid OBOZO supporters – we are coming and you can't do a damn thing to stop us.

    Yay Tea Party
    Boo Libtard Socialist Marxists

    September 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    How could Coburn's endorsement ever possibly "help" anyone??

    September 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Kelly Is A good conservative . . . BUT . . .;When you take over America, will be be required to fly flags with Swatikas on them? Will we be required to lick your boots on your command? Do you consider yourself the 'master race'? Do you think that billionaires David & Charles Koch know exactly how to make this country prosper? Is Fox news your favorite news outlet? Is Glen Beck the true messiah? Does Rush Limbaugh have it down cold on all that he says?

    September 3, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. barry

    The Obama Recession is taking its toll on American people. It is time to put the children out and let the grown ups clean up the grand socialist experiment that has gotten totally out of control.

    September 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The TRUTH about the Tea Party:

    Created and funded by the Koch brothers, ultra-conservatives who want nothing more than taking down a democratically elected president.

    The TPers are NO "movement" they are the creation of the Koch brothers.

    September 3, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Coburn speaks common sense – a language far too complex for these whacked out loony lib imbiciles to possibly understand.

    September 3, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. CathyinAZ

    I would not want This endorsement under any circustances!
    To Kelly is a good conservative but.....you have some serious problems and they are hardly the fault of liberals OR the present administration. GROW UP!

    September 3, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. John

    How can Saran Palin help anybody,she a monon and a Alaska hillbilly that most American just hope she go away,far away. Her and the tea party are racist.

    September 3, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. malabar

    Its so awesome how Palin makes libs expose their true hateful divisive spirit. i am voting straight Republican for the 1st time in my gay spic life and i am basking in the feverish flame of lefty hate all the way to Nov. thnx libs, keep up the prejudicial, bigoted, and misogynystic rdvings, it is REALLY helping out ur party ;-)

    September 3, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. harold

    Mr. Coburn.. you have health Insurance..right? Just what is your problem with all people in the USA having Health insurance...?..You vote against extension of un-employment insurance in this time we are trying to get out of the Great Recession.. and you say you are for people?.. Really?..What a joke the republicans are.. but Wall street they sure love em..

    September 3, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. stevetall

    Simply having the endorsement of Sarah Palin should immediately disqualify her from seeking public office. We already have enough dip-sh*ts trying to act like caring, concerned representatives!

    September 3, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. the real ib

    Claudia; can you name one job Obama has created besides gov? Unemployment rate went up to 9.6% today. the democrats are really doing a lot to help people find jobs aren't they?

    September 3, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Steve

    "help defend the Constitution's limitations on federal power"

    Ha! Intruding into Terry Schaivo's life is called limited government? Pushing their anti-abortion agenda isn't intruding into people's lives? They're not conservatives, they're the contradictives party.

    September 3, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Santa Fean

    Go Tea Party! Hopefully they will help us rid America of those horrible social programs like social roads, social schools and social security. We should all do our part to support more corporate control of our lives. Also can we get rid of privacy too? After all if you have nothing to hide, right? Science should be replaced with religion too! Let's all get behind the idea that the earth is only 6000 years old and that there is only one true religion, money! Remember, the wealthiest 1% really need the tax cuts and for you to keep believing that you are rich when you make 48k a year. Don't forget war! We need war, I mean we must spread democracy. Who benefits from war? Corporations, of course.

    September 3, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Ed Fl

    It is apparent why Coburn had to give up a medical practice for a government job [With free Medical] and a lowly $175,000 a year. Very low wage compared to what a legitimate Doctor in actual practice could make.

    September 3, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |