GOP Sen. Ayotte on the Fence…and it Hurts

New Hampshire US Sen. Kelly Ayotte thinks Donald Trump is a good role model for kids. Wait, no she doesn’t. The balancing act Ayotte continues to try to navigate is getting tougher and tougher. She will vote for Trump but won’t endorse him. She is squarely in the Washington conservative camp—against gun background checks, in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, against giving the Supreme Court nominee a hearing, etc. Will she survive the strong challenge from popular Gov. Maggie Hassan?

The race has been all over the place. Hassan up by as much 10 points, now a virtual tie. Monday night’s debate with Hassan proved treacherous for Ayotte when asked if she thought Trump was a good role model for kids:

To her credit, she cleaned it up. But the damaged was done. “I misspoke tonight. While I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn’t hold up either of them as role models for my kids,” Ayotte said in a statement less than three hours after the debate ended.

Sitting on that fence will continue to hurt.

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