New Ad Hits Kelly Ayotte For Calling Trump A Good Role Model

She took it back, but the comment is going to haunt her until Election Day.

WASHINGTON 鈥 Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) 鈥渕isspoke鈥 earlier this week when she said Donald Trump is 鈥渁bsolutely鈥 a role model for children, and now it鈥檚 coming back to bite her.

In a new 60-second TV ad put out by Ayotte鈥檚 Democratic challenger, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, the senator鈥檚 flub is shown alongside clips of Trump demeaning and bullying people.

鈥淎bsolutely, I would do that,鈥 Ayotte is seen saying in the ad when asked by a debate moderator if she would tell kids to look up to the Republican presidential nominee.

Ayotte quickly retracted her statement hours after the debate on Monday, but that didn鈥檛 stop Hassan from using it in the ad, which will begin airing on New Hampshire TV stations on Friday.

鈥淚 misspoke tonight,鈥 Ayotte said. 鈥淲hile I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn鈥檛 hold up either of them as role models for my kids.鈥

The ad includes Trump鈥檚 latest attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who he said 鈥済ained a massive amount of weight鈥 after she was crowned.

Other clips in the ad show Trump mocking his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for stumbling during her bout with pneumonia, and ridiculing a reporter for being disabled.

The hit comes at a bad time for Ayotte, who is running for a second term. Throughout the election, Ayotte has walked a thin line in her support of Trump, refusing to endorse him but promising to vote for him. The Senate race is a toss-up with roughly four weeks left before the election, according to HuffPost Pollster.

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