Libya popped up in the last debate, but U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) expects Mitt Romney to push for more information on the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Patch asked Ayotte what she wants to hear in the presidential foreign policy debate Oct. 22. She responded: What did President Obama know, and when did he know it?
"The only thing 'sketchy' we have seen in this campaign right now is the multiple stories we've heard from this administration on what happened in Libya," Ayotte said in the interview.
WATCH the exclusive Patch video for more of what Ayotte expects of the final presidential debate.
Obama, when he campaigned in New Hampshire on Oct. 18, touted his foreign policy successes, including the death of Osama bin Laden. His spokesman, Jay Carney, told the White House press pool en route to the swing state that the president's would be underscoring progress in tracking down Al Qaeda terrorists, and that more work is ahead.
The final presidential debate–dedicated to foreign policy–is scheduled for tomorrow night, Oct. 22, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Bob Schieffer of CBS News is moderator. The debate runs from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., EST.
Debate topics, as they are phrased by the Commission on Presidential Debates, include:
- America's role in the world.
- Our longest war – Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Red Lines – Israel and Iran
- The changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism.
- The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World.
Felicitations and Solicitations
Ovide Lamontagne wished a happy birthday to his wife, Bettie, comingling it so with a request for campaign donations. "For her birthday, I'm sure Bettie would appreciate your generous contribution today of $25, $50, $250, or $500 to help us get the truth out, and fight these attacks on my character," the Republican gubernatorial nominee writes in his email blast last week.
"The election is only 18 days away, and my opponent and her liberal DC allies are running millions of dollars in desperate and false negative television ads against me every day."
In case you missed it last week, while at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club, Lamontagne picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.
Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for governor, continues to challenge Lamontagne on women's issues. Heading into this weekend, her campaign released a statement blasting Lamontagne, citing the Susan B. Anthony List support for the GOP candidate. Kathy Sullivan, Hassan campaign co-chairwoman, said:
“Ovide Lamontagne is not being straight with New Hampshire women about his radical ideas to cut access to birth control and criminalize abortion. Ovide would even make criminals out of women and girls who have been the victims of the crimes of rape and incest.”
Rand Paul Returns to NH
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) returned to New Hampshire yesterday for a Mitt Romney campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He's a powerful surrogate, among other big names scheduled to appear down the stretch for the candidate.
New ads in the 2nd District
Annie McLane Kuster is out with a new ad, her seventh of the general election campaign, on U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass' record. According to Kuster, the Democratic challenger in New Hampshire's 2nd District, the Republican incumbent supported policies that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas. It goes on to say, well, click here to watch it.
The Bass campaign was also out with a new ad, "Bipartisan Leadership for Women," in which he talks about fighting for women's health and equality. His campaign noted he co-sponsored legislation to streamline research and funding to end breast cancer and called for reauthorization of the violence against women act.
Who's First in the 1st?
In the race for the 1st Congressional District, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter won the endorsement last week of the Portsmouth Herald and the Conway Daily Sun.
And the ad is still airing: The ad that U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) claims is an "absurd misrepresentation" is still on the air, a week after his campaign called for a cease and desist. The DCCC ad claims Guinta votes resulted in Granite Staters paying more than $1,000 in taxes a year. Guinta called it a trend for his rival, whom he defeated for the seat in 2010. Derek Dufresne, Guinta spokesman, upped the charge: "There's not a single television ad that Carol Shea-Porter has run this election cycle that hasn't been called false or a flat out lie from New Hampshire and national fact checking organizations.