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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte Speaks to Politics Students

March 01, 2011

Story by Barbara LeBlanc
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"When you hear about the war or the budget crisis from a reporter - that's news," said Amanda Peters ‘11. "But when you hear about these same things from a senator who has recently been to Afghanistan, and who will soon be returning to D.C. to deal with the budget - that's history in the making."

Peters and about 30 fellow politics students got to experience history in the making directly from New Hampshire's Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who recently took a break from her duties in Washington to visit Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Ayotte discussed what she has done in her first two months on the job, what it's like to be a freshman senator, how the committees she's on affect New Hampshire, and her recent trip to the Middle East. In addition, she discussed the federal budget, and took questions from students.

"It was great meeting Kelly Ayotte, because it is inspiring to see a strong, intelligent woman in the government," said Vallerie Stein ‘14. "The opportunity meant a lot to me, because she explained issues that were important to us. She was honest about the issues and what she believes needs to happen."

This was Senator Ayotte's first visit to a New Hampshire college since taking office in January.