Back in July, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) — a Republican at risk of losing re-election this November — was asked whether she’d support Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. “I don’t think he will be our nominee,” she said then. “So I don’t think I will have to worry about supporting him.” Times sure have changed.
Since July, Ayotte has struggled to dance around Trump. She said in December that she’ll support the GOP nominee but her allies say “there is a clear sense a Trump-led ticket would not help Ayotte in a state that has voted Democratic for president in four of the past five elections.”
In short, Ayotte has a Donald Trump problem, which perhaps explains why she wasn’t able to answer any questions about the real estate mogul during a recent interview with Manchester, NH’s ABC affiliate (before Trump’s controversial comments on abortion).
After Ayotte creatively avoided responding directly about Trump, even whether he is “more qualified than Hillary Clinton” to be president, the exhausted interviewer finally said, “Alright, I give up.”
The Boston Globe — in a story titled “GOP women pause over giving votes to Donald Trump — reported that Beverly Bruce, co-chair of Ayotte’s finance committee, “said she is working hard to encourage Republicans disgusted by Trump’s campaign to still turn out in November for Ayotte.”
Good luck with that.
Here’s the Ayotte clip: