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Kelly Ayotte's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kelly Ayotte has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
  • Susan B. Anthony List "How we treat the weakest among us is truly a reflection on who we are as a nation [...]" (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kelly understands that high taxes and burdensome federal regulations discourage investment and innovation. She wants to cut job-killing taxes in order to unleash real growth." (
  • "The president's budget is yet another tax-and-spend plan that calls for more than $2 trillion in tax increases and would add $8.5 trillion to our $18 trillion debt over the next decade." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bipartisan legislation includes important steps to improve treatment for those struggling with addiction, increase prevention efforts, ensure law enforcement has greater access to tools to fight drug abuse, support those in recovery, and develop best practices for treatment, intervention, and pain management." (
  • "The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 would: […] Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from substance use disorders by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "Strengthening our roads, highways, and bridges is a priority for New Hampshire and the nation, and I supported the Senate's bipartisan, long-term highway bill that would provide states and contractors the certainty they need to begin new projects and hire workers. I also worked to include provisions specifically focused on New Hampshire transportation priorities - like preventing drug-impaired driving, allowing the establishment of state infrastructure banks, and protecting motorcyclists' rights." (
  • "By spending beyond our means, we're rapidly ceding our fiscal autonomy to Chinese bankers and foreign financiers, many of whom don't share our priorities or values." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to simplify our tax code, make it fairer, and bring down rates for individuals and businesses so we can keep jobs here at home." (
  • "Kelly also backs a simpler, fairer tax code that lowers taxes for families and small businesses. Our tax code isn't competitive, and reforming it will help incentivize companies to bring back trillions of dollars currently parked overseas and keep good jobs here at home." (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.2573 "Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe education decisions are best made locally, including decisions about school curriculum and how education dollars are spent. While its goals of accountability were very important and laudable, No Child Left Behind, unfortunately, imposed a one-size-fits-all regime on every school in every State in this country." (
  • "With two kids in school, Kelly is deeply invested in a better education for all of our children. She believes that education decisions are best made locally -- not in Washington. That's why she backed bipartisan education reform that returns control to the local level, lets states and local school districts decide which standards make sense for their students, and gives parents a stronger voice in the way their kids are educated." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This week, I voted in support of bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "All renewable, clean, and sustainable energy sources, such as wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass should be allowed to compete on a level playing field – without Congress picking winners and losers in the marketplace." (
  • Rated 50% by the League of Conservation Voters (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "[…] I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] the EPA is pursuing job-killing greenhouse gas regulations that, like the failed cap-and-trade legislation, will serve as an energy tax on every consumer." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She believes the ability to carry a firearm is an individual protected civil right under the Second Amendment and that the right to self defense is a basic human right." (
  • Endorsed by the National Rifle Association (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.4720 "Prohibits the Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists" (
  • "I applaud the Administration's efforts today to make it easier for states to comply with the law requiring the submission of certain mental health records into the NICS system to ensure that those who are adjudicated dangerously mentally ill are prohibited from purchasing a firearm." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • National Review "Convene a group of bipartisan leaders to address health care concerns in this country, because this is not working." (
  • The Hill "I support repeal, absolutely. But the political reality is, right now that’s not going to happen." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.744 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (
  • "Before any of these 11 million could earn a green card, they would go to the back of the line, not receive means-tested federal benefits and Obamacare subsidies, and they would be required to pay fines, pay taxes, and pass background checks, learn English, and secure a job.",%20and%20secure%20a%20job.#.VjvoDWwViko (
  • "We need to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, and we need to bring undocumented people out of the shadows to separate those seeking economic opportunity from those seeking to harm us (who must be deported)." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "While I believe in traditional marriage, I respect the Court's decision and I believe New Hampshire's legally married same-sex couples should be treated equally under the law no matter where they live." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I appreciate that the president has finally said clearly that we must destroy ISIS and that he outlined some important steps toward that goal - including expanded airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which I have previously called for." (
  • "In order to reduce the flow of ISIS foreign fighters from Syria that threatens not only Europe but potentially the United States, it is essential that we work with Turkey to further tighten its border with Syria-but it is also critical that the administration redouble its efforts to quickly eliminate the "Manbij Pocket' in Syria that provides ISIS with its last significant access to the border with Turkey and its easiest means to export terrorism. It is long past time for the administration to take the fight fully to ISIS and destroy them so they can no longer carry out these attacks against our allies or our homeland." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Concord Monitor "In fact, Ayotte opposes privatization - although she did not make that position known until after she won last week's Republican primary." (
  • Nashua Telegraph"I do not support privatization of Social Security, but there should be a discussion of all of the options." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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