Pressed in an interview Wednesday afternoon about the behavior of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said she wouldn’t want her daughter alone in a room with either of them.
“Let’s fast forward four years and your daughter’s 16 years of age,” radio host Keith Hanson of WNTK asked Ayotte in an interview, as reported by CNN.
“Would you have wanted your daughter to hear the conversation that Donald Trump had engaged in with a reporter from ‘Access Hollywood’ on that bus?” Hanson asked.
“I think we all know the answer to that,”Ayotte responded.
“At any point in time would you want your 16-year-old daughter in a room with Bill Clinton?” Hanson continued.
“I wouldn’t want my daughter in the room with any of them,” Ayotte said. “But, the point of this is that, you know, why would I want my daughter in the room with them? You know, and this isn’t about my daughter. I love my daughter and um, you know, obviously being a mom is a very important to me.”
Hanson said the question was meant to get at Trump and Clinton’s character.
“It’s hard, I mean, you know, for us to get to a point in this country where character doesn’t matter, that seems to unfortunate for me,” she said. “I think character does matter when I think about my children.”
In an October debate against her Senate challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), Ayotte maintained that she would vote for Donald Trump and said he was “absolutely” a role model for children.
Shortly afterward, she walked back the remark, saying she “misspoke.”
“While 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’t hold up either of the, as a role models for my kids,” she said at the time.