- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says her rival, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, lacks a depth of understanding on national security and the threats facing the country.

Ayotte is laying out her differences with Hassan as she files her paperwork to run for re-election in one of the country’s most closely watched races that will help determine control of the Senate.

Speaking before her filing Wednesday, Ayotte also focused on her efforts to rein in government waste and cut red tape. She’s calling Hassan a tax-and-spend Democrat while citing her own efforts to increase health care access for veterans and fight the opioid abuse crisis.

Hassan told reporters that Ayotte’s criticisms of her national security credentials ring hollow because Ayotte is supporting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who lacks foreign policy experience. Hassan says Trump has “dangerous” views on the subject.

Ayotte says she does not have any current plans to campaign alongside Trump.

Ayotte’s primary challenger, former state senator Jim Rubens, also filed paperwork.

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