Latest Fact-checks on Kelly Ayotte Kelly Ayotte stated on May 18, 2016 in a press release: Says Maggie Hassan was "out of state on 30 days over the last three months." Kelly Ayotte stated on July 1, 2015 in a town hall meeting in Colebrook, N.H.: The federal deficit would pay for 40 gallons of "New Hampshire maple syrup" for everyone in the United States. Kelly Ayotte stated on October 24, 2013 in a town hall meeting in Hudson, N.H.: The deficit this year could pay "all of the 2013 salaries of every professional baseball player for the next 248 years." Kelly Ayotte stated on October 24, 2013 in a town hall meeting in Hudson, N.H.: Under President George W. Bush, "we added $4.9 trillion to the debt. Under President Obama … we’ve added $6.5 trillion to the debt." Kelly Ayotte stated on September 18, 2013 in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper": Mental health provisions related to mass shootings "got over 90 votes in the Senate." Kelly Ayotte stated on February 19, 2013 in an editorial board meeting: Says of 80,000 people who were denied a firearm in 2012 due to a failed background check, only 44 were prosecuted. Kelly Ayotte stated on February 3, 2013 in a guest commentary: "When total Sandy spending is added up, it's more than the annual budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And it's more than twice the annual budget of the U.S. Energy Department." Kelly Ayotte stated on December 2, 2012 in in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.: President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal "couldn't get support from either party in the House or the Senate." Kelly Ayotte stated on August 23, 2012 in a town hall meeting in Merrimack, N.H.: "Under President Bush in eight years, we added $4.9 trillion to the debt. Under President Obama, we've added $5.3 trillion to the debt in the 3.5 years he's been in office." Kelly Ayotte stated on July 29, 2012 in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” : "The president's first major foreign policy speech in Cairo was to apologize for our country." Kelly Ayotte stated on May 8, 2012 in an email to the news media: Says the Affordable Care Act was a federal takeover of the student loan industry and ‘profits’ on the loans go to help pay for the health care law.