Kelly Ayotte Cuts Ties: 'I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump'

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) pulled her support for Donald Trump Saturday morning after a 2005 video surfaced Friday showing Trump making crude comments about how he seduced women.

"I wanted to be able to support my party's nominee, chosen by the people because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction," Ayotte said in the statement. "However, I'm a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women."

Ayotte is facing one of the toughest re-election battles in the U.S. Senate this cycle and her support of Trump has been a key place where her Democratic opponent Gov. Maggie Hassan has criticized her.

During a debate flap earlier this week, Ayotte said that Trump was a good role model for children. Then, she issued a statement that she "misspoke."

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