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Planned Parenthood Critique Unfair, Ayotte Says

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Emily Corwin
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NHPR
Sen. Kelly Ayotte worked the counter at the Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth yesterday.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte is crisscrossing the state this week as Congress’s August recess comes to an end. A convenience store lobbying group brought her to a Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth Tuesday, where she donned an apron and sold customers everything from cigarettes to Mountain Dew.

After, the senator pushed back against an attack ad by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The advertisement, released last week, accurately states that Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

But, Ayotte said, "They implied in it that somehow I would support a government shutdown but I’ve been very clear under no circumstances would I support a government shutdown."    

And certainly not, Ayotte says, as a way to defund Planned Parenthood. The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org has confirmed Ayotte’s comments.