Hot Topic: Readers weigh in on Ayotte as vice president
FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. On a Sunday morning talk show June 9, 2013, Ayotte said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system. She said the immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, and that the Senate proposal secures the border and provides a "tough but fair" way for immigrants to earn citizenship. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Last week, we asked readers to tell us what they thought of Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte as potential vice presidential candidates. If the letters we received are any indication, New Hampshire thinks Ayotte is ready for the national stage, but the jury’s still out on Hassan’s qualifications. Here’s a sampling of reader responses:
Ayotte is the new Sherman Adams
I am a local Concord business owner and a veteran, and I think that the next Republican nominee for president would be very wise to pick our own Kelly Ayotte as vice president.
Ayotte and her family know exactly what life is like for a small business and military family like my own, and for so many returning veterans across the nation.
Just as I work hard every day, she too works hard on veterans issues and fights against all of the burdensome taxes and regulations that are hurting small businesses and our economy.
She represents our state well, and our country would truly benefit to have someone with her life experience and New Hampshire perspective helping to make decisions in the Oval Office.
She is a no-nonsense leader and, just like Sherman Adams, our former governor and chief of staff to President Dwight Eisenhower, she is a serious person who would not get caught up in the fanfare of Washington, D.C., and would be a person we could really trust in government.
A disturbing view
Thank you for the “Veepstakes” comparison in the Sunday Monitor (April 27). As a lesbian and resident of New Hampshire, I was disturbed to read the opinion of Kelly Ayotte when it comes to gay rights within the state.
I was shocked to see in black and white that Kelly Ayotte is against the marriage of same-gender couples as well as the adoption of children by those couples.
There are not many people around Concord who don’t know that my partner, Kay, and I have been together going on 35 years and were legally married here in 2009. What possible harm would we have caused by adopting children?
What is the matter with Ayotte that she cannot see – or care – that we’re human with hopes and dreams just like the next person?
Thank goodness we also have a vote.
MARY LOU FULLER
Ayotte has the skills
In regard to the “Veepstakes,” there is no question that Kelly Ayotte would be an excellent choice for vice president.
Her experience on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the numerous trips she has taken abroad when leading a delegation have given her an invaluable foreign affairs perspective.
Just as important for New Hampshire has been her work on the Senate Small Business Committee and her countless roundtables in New Hampshire on many issues affecting local businesses. Lastly, her ability to work across the aisle, in a time where partisanship has been deafening at times, shows true leadership on Kelly’s part.
Future of the party
As a millennial and a veteran who grew up in Concord, I have met Sen. Kelly Ayotte many times and think she would make a great vice president.
I believe Ayotte represents the future of our country and can relate to my own generation.
She has helped preserve our economic and personal freedoms. She knows what the government can do to protect us, and, more important, she knows how to get the government off our backs and out of our wallets.
Ayotte is a breath of fresh air in politics and a real leader who will restore individual freedom and responsibility. I would be proud to have her represent my generation and the country.