November 27th, 2012
05:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Ayotte: Rice 'certainly' misled on Benghazi, but unsure of motive

(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of the Republicans harshly critical of Ambassador Susan Rice, described Rice's initial characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as misleading, but stopped short of calling the remarks intentionally so.

"Certainly she misled the American public," Ayotte said in an interview Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "I think that she would say that. She'd have to say that because she began our meeting today admitting that the representations about the video and the protests were wrong, and the impression left [for] the American people was misleading."
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Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Susan Rice
November 27th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers say meeting with Rice left them with more questions

Washington (CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Tuesday their meeting with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the acting CIA director left them with more unanswered questions about her remarks following the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

Speaking to reporters after the morning meeting, Sen. John McCain said he and fellow Republicans Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham were "significantly troubled" by many of the answers they received from Rice, who asked for the meeting with the three senators after they issued sharp criticism of her response to the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham • Susan Rice
Both sides point to bipartisanship as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline looms
November 17th, 2012
06:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Both sides point to bipartisanship as ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline looms

(CNN) – In the first full week after the election, Washington's focus quickly shifted to the deadline Congress and President Barack Obama face to reach a budget deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Each side highlighted the necessity for bipartisan cooperation to dodge another financial crisis.

In the Republican weekly address, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said the American people expect Congress to work together to avoid the economic impacts, adding the threat of the looming federal spending cuts and tax increases bring an opportunity for lawmakers to "change our country's irresponsible spending path."
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Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Kelly Ayotte • President Obama
VP 'almosts' added to convention speakers list
August 16th, 2012
07:40 AM ET
2 years ago

VP 'almosts' added to convention speakers list

(CNN) – A few of the "could have been" running mates for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were added to the list of speakers for this month's Republican National Convention Thursday, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

All four names were considered potential vice presidential picks for Romney, who on Saturday announced House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Jindal campaigns for Romney Thursday in Virginia.
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With Romney away, possible VP picks defend home turf
July 29th, 2012
05:47 PM ET
2 years ago

With Romney away, possible VP picks defend home turf

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney makes waves overseas, his campaign has deployed a crowd of possible vice presidential picks to continue hammering home the Republican candidate’s message on American soil.

The slew of high-profile surrogates covered the country over the weekend hounding President Barack Obama for what they say is a failed economic and foreign policy, all the while singing Romney’s praise.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • John Thune • Kelly Ayotte • Marco Rubio • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Rob Portman • Tim Pawlenty • Veepstakes
July 29th, 2012
09:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Senators spar over fiscal cliff

(CNN) - Two senators said Sunday the impending 'fiscal cliff' that would automatically slash billions from the U.S. Department of Defense needed to be avoided, but offered different timetables for resolving the problem.

The so-called "sequester," which would force the Pentagon to cut $500 billion from its budgets over the next decade, came about after congressional negotiators failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan last fall. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, one of 74 senators to vote for the measure that included the automatic cuts last August, said Sunday he didn't expect any action to take place on staving off the cuts ahead of November's election.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Dick Durbin • Kelly Ayotte
Ayotte to join Romney at July 4th parade
July 3rd, 2012
10:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Ayotte to join Romney at July 4th parade

(CNN) – Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire lawmaker sometimes mentioned as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, will march in a July 4th parade alongside the presumptive GOP nominee in her home state Wednesday, a Republican source confirmed Tuesday.

Ayotte and Romney will march down Main Street in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where Romney has been spending some time away from the campaign trail at his lakeside vacation home.
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Filed under: 2012 • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • Veepstakes
Ayotte: Romney foreign policy not stuck in Cold War
June 27th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Ayotte: Romney foreign policy not stuck in Cold War

Washington (CNN) - New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, an early and ardent backer of Mitt Romney, defended the presumptive GOP nominee against accusations his foreign policy is backwards looking Wednesday, saying critics who label his views reminiscent of the Cold War were wrong.

"I've spent a lot if time with Gov. Romney. I think that he has a strong understanding of foreign policy, and he does not have a Cold War view toward Russia," Ayotte said after delivering a keynote address to a conference examining democracy in Russia.
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Filed under: 2012 • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney
June 15th, 2012
07:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Video: Pres. Romney would 'need people like me' in Senate, Ayotte says

(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire brushes aside questions of her vice presidential prospects by telling CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that if Mitt Romney is elected president, he's going to need people like her in the U.S. Senate.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Senate • TV-John King U.S.A.
Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney's bus tour
June 14th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Veep contenders to make the rounds on Romney's bus tour

(CNN) – A host of vice presidential contenders will hit the trail with Mitt Romney on his five-day, multi-state bus trip in the next week.

As Romney starts out in Stratham, New Hampshire on Friday, he'll appear with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a popular Republican freshman senator who campaigned heavily for Romney in the Granite State during the primaries.
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Kelly Ayotte • Paul Ryan • Rob Portman
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