Ayotte: Warren Running for President Would Be a 'Favor to Republicans'

August 15, 2017

Former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R.) said Tuesday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Calif.) running for president in 2020 would be a "favor to Republicans."

Fox Business host Stuart Varney asked Ayotte if as a Republican she would want to see Warren as the top person representing Democrats.

"Actually, I think it would be a favor to Republicans," Ayotte said. "I don't see Senator Warren appealing to the states especially that President Trump won."

Ayotte said that Warren would not have an appeal to hard-working citizens in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, all of which Trump flipped from blue to red in 2016. She also indicated that the Democrats' move further to the left would not go over well in the 2020 election if Warren were to be the Democratic nominee.

"I also think that the fact that the Democratic Party is moving farther to the left is not what the American people want in terms of getting things done to help create more jobs, infrastructure, security at home," Ayotte said.

Varney agreed, saying that the sharp shift of Democrats to the left is the "untold story about American politics today," continuing on to say that he barely ever heard anything from centrist Democrats if they even exist.

"I think if she is the nominee for the Democratic Party, I just don't see her appealing really to the rest of the country," Ayotte said.

Ayotte narrowly lost her reelection effort in 2016 to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.), falling short by just over 1,000 votes. She was tapped by the Trump administration to help guide Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch through his nomination process in 2017.