N.H. Senator Ayotte to endorse Romney
November 19th, 2011
09:46 PM ET
6 years ago

N.H. Senator Ayotte to endorse Romney

Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, in an e-mail announcing her endorsement, emphasized Mitt Romney's strength in a potential general election match-up against Barack Obama.

Ayotte will officially endorse Romney on Sunday afternoon. The former Massachusetts governor was the "strongest candidate" in the GOP field to take on Obama next year, she wrote supporters.

"Mitt Romney has proven not only through his prior experience as a successful businessman and governor, but also through his solid campaign and excellent debate performances, that he is that candidate," she said.

Ayotte is a popular first-term senator and her support has been highly coveted.

A former state attorney general, Ayotte voted against the debt deal hammered out in Congress this summer and is seen as a strong conservative on issues of finance and defense.

Earlier this year, she introduced a bill to mandate accused terror suspects be tried in military courts.

In the e-mail, Ayotte said she believed Romney would keep the country safe "in a dangerous world."

"He will remain vigilant in the fight against al Qaeda and Islamist terrorists, and his national security decisions will be based on advice from our military commanders – not political polls," she said. "With a rising China and persistent nuclear threats from rogue nations, we need Governor Romney's strong, steady leadership to vigorously protect American interests."

Her support for Romney will follow that of other prominent state Republicans, including former Gov. John Sununu and former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg.

Ayotte will endorse Romney at his 2:30 p.m. ET rally in Nashua, said the New Hampshire Union Leader, which was first to report the story.

Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. JiminNM

    But, Ron Paul has morality, integrity, honesty, consistency and truth on his side. The rest of the candidates don't seem to have Paul's enduring qualities. Vote Ron Paul.

    November 20, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. JiminNM

    Ron Paul has the enduring qualities of morality, integrity, honesty, consistency and truth on his side. Vote Ron Paul.

    November 20, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Clwyd

    I don't give one Iota what Ayotte says! she is a republican and they are all suffering from FOX poisoning right now!

    November 20, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Eva

    Unbelievable...perhaps Romney could beat Obama but it will be 4 more years of the same. He has NO CLUE how to take the big steps needed to fix the economy. His greatest monetary supporters are all big Wall Street Banks!! C'Mon people...don't let Ayotte's slip in judgment (wonder how much she was paid) to endorse Romney sway you. Two other NH Representatives have endorsed Ron Paul (But that does not make big news). Ron Paul is the answer. One trillion dollars cut the first year. It's like ripping a band aid off..do it quickly, it hurts...but the pain goes away faster. If Romney is elected you have just secured Obama's second term. Ron Paul 2012...honesty, credibility. and NO TIES TO THE BANKERS!!!!!

    November 20, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. works4me

    who? so?

    November 20, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. ManinNH

    I would have thought, as a Conservative Republican, Ms. Ayotte would serve our best interests in Congress. I have been wrong about her consistently. She must be a RINO as we all know Romney is. What a waste of NH Taxpayer dollars to be paying her salary.

    There is only one True Statesman running for President of The United States, Ron Paul. But since he wants to cut Congress's Salary, I can understand why Ms. Ayotte won't support him. Isn't that the real reason she wanted to be in Congress? She certainly hasn't shown her desire to be working for the People. Shameful that an ex-DA for our State doesn't even believe in the Rule of Law called our Constitution.
    Hopefully she will come to her senses, but I doubt it.

    November 20, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Nick Tulloh

    Kelly Ayotte is an embarassment to the citizens of NH. She is incapable of representing her constituency.

    November 20, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What is Romney trying to hide with his removal of MA computers? This is not transparency, this is Karl Rove trying to ram his preferred puppet down our throats.

    November 20, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. JohnReedjr

    No one would ever accuse Kelly of thinking for herself. She is a bootlicking tool of the Sununnu family and the Union Leader who would have faded into oblivion had our governor replaced her with a Democrat. Remember how she backed into the AG job. Everyone who thinks she set up Head raise your hands>

    November 20, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Puddin

    It really ticks me off when these hypocrites start talking about cutting Social Security. Social Security was sustainable until the government began using SS funds to pay for other government programs. Pay back the IOU's, you freakin' jerks, and leave SS alone!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Sorensen

    Nobody knows who she is. However, she looks much to bright to be a republican.

    November 20, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Isitacult

    Romney is a great man, but there are still many who are undecided about the whole Mormonism thing. 45% of Voters on http://www.isitacult.com think Mormonism a cult, second only to Scientology. Do others think your religion is a cult? Vote now at Isitacult.com!!

    November 20, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. NH Grandma

    Who cares? This woman has done nothing for us here in NH; her endorsement means zip to most of us. Voting for Obama and hoping the GOP gets pushed out of the way so he can get something done for this economy. Voting GOP is voting for more of the same failed policies that created this mess in the first place. We can't be that stupid, can we?

    November 20, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. GI Joe

    An ex-house-wife's endorsement would mean more than that woman's. She is nothing.

    November 20, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Anonymous

    "I think American would be wise to vote Romney into office."

    Nah. Mr. "Grovels For Votes" Willard "Outsource Them Jobs" Romney is the last person Americans should vote for. It's getting to the point where I only pay attention to him for fear of missing the spectacle of him literally get down on his knees and start begging for votes. Reminds me of old man McCain pleading for votes during HIS presidential run.

    November 20, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Jen

    Who?? and Who cares!!!

    November 20, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Pat

    She's the perfect pathetic face of the Tea Party/Nazi Party/Terrorist orgainzation.

    November 20, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. morpunkt

    Romney will lead us out of this mess, economically. Obama needs to go. Mark my words, Mitt Romney will be considered one of the greatest presidents we've ever had. He has all the tools to pull us out of this, just like he did with all of his other endeavors, i.e., the 2002 Winter Olympics, Massachusett's deficit, which is now being spent by Patrick Duvall's minions.
    Mitt in 2012. Get used to it, CNN readers.

    November 20, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    To CommonRaven –

    Romney ranked next to the bottom in the nation in job creation during his time as governor, and he has shipped more jobs overseas than any one politician I can think of. So if his only merit is a "family man", then I'll gladly stick with the family man in the Whitehouse now.

    To the Ron Paul cultists –

    Do you brainwashed, single-issue voters understand how catastrophically dangerous a Paul presidency would be? Obviously not, and that's why intelligent and sane voters will never waste their vote on him, and why the media ignores him.

    Right-wing voters worship ignorance, they hate facts, and love being out of touch and totally ill-informed.

    November 20, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Anonymous

    One more step in Karl Rove's attempts to push his Mittens puppet on the ususpecting public.

    November 20, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    When your headline said Romney got an endorsement from some one big, I thought maybe Romney had got a call from GOD, like some of the other candidates.

    November 20, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Clwyd

    For those of you who talk up Ron Paul's morality how do you explain his call to legalize illegal drugs?

    November 20, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Dave, Central Illinois

    The "rent is too high" guy would do a better job that the absentee poser we have in office now. I am convinced most of Obama's base are well represented by the lazy, stinky, loud-mouthed leaches in the OWS ranks. Sponge off the hard work of responsible people – that's the Left's motto. Anyone who disagrees is the 1%. Strange how the 99% are only supported by some 30% of those polled. Lib math at work again....

    November 20, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Doesn't really matter as Obama's ratings will be in the mid thirties by election time. The guy at the MacDonalds drive thru would win against Obama. It is VERY SCARY that even after 4 years of failure, there are people that would vote for 4 more years of this disaster. I guess Greece is the country they hope to become.

    November 20, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. DJH

    Never mind if Romney has any good ideas to make the country better.....all that's important is that he beat Obama. When are these politicians going to get a clue?

    November 20, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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