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Educators: Sen. Kelly Ayotte is a burden on New Hampshire students, families

New TV ad keeps Ayotte honest about her votes to cut Pell Grants and raise student loan interest rates

Washington, DC - September 01, 2016 -

WASHINGTON—With all eyes focused on one of the most watched U.S. Senate races in the country, the NEA Advocacy Fund began running a new television ad accusing U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte of siding with special interests instead of New Hampshire’s students and families. The seven-figure television spot, “A Heavy Burden,” is scheduled to run in the Boston media market, the eighth largest media market in the country, through September 9.

“New Hampshire students want degrees, not debt,” said NEA political director Carrie Pugh. “Yet many students are stuck due to the burden of student debt. When presented with the opportunity to provide student loan debt relief to tens of thousands of Granite State students, including thousands of aspiring educators, Senator Kelly Ayotte voted to cut federal Pell Grants and raise student loan interest rates. Instead of siding with students and families, she chose special interests looking out for their own bottom line. That’s not the New Hampshire way.”

The national student loan debt numbers are staggering. More than 40 million Americans are burdened by student loan debt. More than 212,000 New Hampshire people are carrying student loan debt. According to a prominent student loan debt tracker website, the average 2016 student graduated owing more than $37,000 in student loans.

Ad script

Female voiceover: New Hampshire college students are packing their backpacks heading back to school.

And thanks to Kelly Ayotte, along with the textbooks and pencils, many students are carrying more student loan debt.

Ayotte voted to cut Pell Grants and to raise interest rates.

Because she sides with special interests looking out for their own bottom line – not our kids’.

Kelly Ayotte: A heavy burden on New Hampshire students and families.


The NEA Advocacy Fund, NEA’s independent expenditure PAC, paid for this ad and is responsible for its content.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.


Miguel A. Gonzalez