Rubio comes to Ayotte’s defense on guns
May 13th, 2013
10:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio comes to Ayotte’s defense on guns

(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose votes on gun background checks have haunted her back at home in New Hampshire, will receive some support from another GOP senator seen as a rising star.

Sen. Marco Rubio's political committee Reclaim America will begin running a TV ad Tuesday in her defense, joining a commercial the National Rifle Association put on the state's main broadcast channel last week.

Reclaim America’s ad is the first to run in a six-figure buy, sources close to Rubio said.

It highlights two aspects of her identity in the state: She is both a mother and a former state attorney general known to be tough on crime, in part for seeking the death penalty for a man convicted of shooting a police officer.

"A former prosecutor, Kelly Ayotte knows how to reduce gun violence," the narrator says. "Ayotte voted to fix background checks, strengthen mental health screenings, and more resources to prosecute criminals using guns. Washington might not like it, but you can count on it."

She was criticized in the state for voting against the background check compromise advocated by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. The daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal killed in that December shooting confronted her at a town hall meeting, an exchange that drew national attention.

Among the groups running television and online ads against her were those backed by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Organizing for Action, the advocacy group that emerged out of President Barack Obama's campaign.

In the Senate, Ayotte and others introduced a separate measure, the "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act." In an op-ed on local Patch.com sites, she wrote that it "improves the existing background check system, addresses mental health gaps in the criminal justice system, boosts resources to improve school safety, and criminalizes gun trafficking and straw purchases."

She also touted her support for two pieces of legislation on mental health.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak and Todd Sperry contributed to this report


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Kelly Ayotte • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Catmandew

    Does anyone else wonder what Bloomberg is doin runnin ads in other states and how he got so rich in the first place? Bet it was takin kickbacks to overlook things for his friends. You would think he would be busy doin his job but I guess not. Why are we knocking someone for doin her job anyways she didn't like that bill and thought we could be better served another way and voted accordingly.

    May 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein

    I think that this commercial is wrong. If she really was for reducing violence, she would have voted for the bill. This bill is a start.

    May 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Ed1

    I would like to know if she read the bill because if she did I don't think she would have voted for it.

    Go to the Senate web page and look up the bill then go to section 122 and read what it say I know after reading this sections and others I can see why it failed.

    May 13, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. norma jean.

    Protecting the citizens of the United States is a lot more important than the concerns of the NRA....!!... No one other that the NRA has made any reference to confiscation..... The Law enforcement and voters who are insisting that the gun laws recieve some very quick overhauling have never said anything about taking away your guns... We think if guns are that important to you than you should understand that "' living "" is important to us... How can you hang there thinking your gun ownership is more important than the people in this country that are killed every single day.... I know people who have guns and they DON"T think the way you do!!! !Don't you care about your own loved ones who could be victims??

    May 14, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Rubio the rising star? His star is setting and Kelly killed her career by staying in bed with the NRA!

    May 14, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Thomas

    Rubio / Ayotte 2016
    Reclaim America / National Rifle Association
    Family , Freedom and Firearms

    May 14, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. Lynn

    Its about time someone stepped up to help her out. Obama and Bloomberg are trying to politically, and emotionally blackmail her. Its a sad day in this country when senators cannot represent the people who voted them in without some white house heavy weight trying to interfere.

    May 14, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  8. Thomas

    A teenager is suspected in the shooting of 19 people at a New Orleans Mother's Day parade on Sunday, police say.
    Ten men, seven women, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were wounded by gunfire in Sunday afternoon's incident, according to police.

    The NRA's Reclaim America’s ad is the first to run in a six-figure buy, sources close to Rubio said.
    It highlights two aspects of Sen. Kelly Ayotte. She is both a mother and a former state attorney general known to be tough on crime .
    She was criticized in the state for voting against the background check compromise advocated by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.

    Nothing say's Happy Mothers Day like a 9mm with a 14 round clip !
    Rubio / Ayotte 2016
    tough on crime ?

    May 14, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  9. Odalice Feliz

    I believe mentally ill people shouldn't be aloud to be armed, thay can hurt themselves or other innocent people.

    May 14, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  10. Jet Pilot

    Yeah! Guns are good. Guns are great. The answer to all the problems of the world, can be found in a warm gun. Or have none of you listened to John Lennon?

    May 14, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. Debbie

    LOL Does Rubio think that the people of Conn who children were murdered in cold blood care he is coming to Ayotte defense? IMO the NRA supports the murder of children by not backing background checks. The blood is on the hands of those who have done nothing to protect the innocents. IF Mr. Rubio or Ayotte are Christians they are called by Christ to stand for the children. Christ told Peter to put down his sword.

    May 14, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  12. wcalb

    Poor Marco, he's obviously getting advice from some old establishment RINOS that New Hampshire's votes can be bought. The white mountains are littered with also-rans who sought to buy the endorsement of a not so popular politician.

    May 14, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  13. Safejourney

    And Ayottes poll numbers continue to drop like a rock.

    May 14, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  14. Marie MD

    So the Cuban anchor baby thinks he is someone to follow? Can this little missy from RI get any more pathetic with her followers?
    They both need to start with their party from the state to the federal if they want to find crazies!

    May 14, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  15. Name lynn

    Marco and kelly agree on the same back ground check and guns laws well thats good, yet is still shooting an killing how is this gun law and back groung check going to work.

    May 14, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Michael

    Back ground checks will not help if someone wants a gun he will get one grow up quit wasting the people's money,

    May 14, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |