GOP candidates shun calls for Sen. Maggie Hassan to drop out of gubernatorial race | New Hampshire NEWS06:“I think it was clear that Maggie was kidding, at least I took it that way,” Smith said in a statement provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I fully expect her to remain in the race as she deserves the chance to compete for her party’s nomination, and I’m confident that as a Republican I will defeat whichever Democrat I face in the general election based on the quality of my ideas, my message, and hard work.”
Lamontagne’s campaign likewise downplayed the incident and also said Lamontagne does not believe Hassan should withdraw.
“No, Ovide does not agree that Senator Hassan should drop out of the race because of a ill-conceived, off-hand comment,” said Tom Cronin, Lamontagne’s communications director. “Ovide is campaigning every day on the issues that matter most to voters — jobs, health care, energy prices, and the strength of our economy. If he is chosen as our party’s nominee, he looks forward to debating the stark contrast that exists between himself and both Senator Hassan and Senator Cilley on those issues, leaving it to the voters to decide who has the right experience, temperament, and vision to lead this state.”
Pay attention to state races | SeacoastOnline.com:It’s not too early for Democrats to begin researching the differences between their two Democratic candidates, former state Sen. Jackie Cilley of Rochester and former state Sen. Maggie Hassan of Exeter.
Cilley has landed the endorsement of many of the state’s labor unions, while Hassan got a nice boost Wednesday when President Bill Clinton stumped for her and endorsed her candidacy.
It appears the two have similar voting records and the one main difference at this point is Hassan says she will take a pledge not to implement a broad-based sales or income tax, while Cilley has rejected the pledge. We’ll have an in-depth look at this race in Seacoast Sunday.
On the Republican side, Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne is contending with Kevin Smith, former president of the conservative Cornerstone Action. Both are social conservatives who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. Both also say they are fiscal conservatives. As in the Democratic race, the candidates seem to have more similarities than differences, and Republican voters will need to spend some time getting to know each candidate to make an informed choice. We’ll have an in-depth look at these two candidates in the Aug. 5 edition of Seacoast Sunday.
DNC chair Wasserman Schultz rips Romney’s health care plans – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Romney endorsed the federal budget outline that passed the U.S. House last year that would convert Medicare into a voucher program.
“This is simply unacceptable for Mitt Romney to ask of seniors here in the Granite State and across the country who have spent a lifetime working for these benefits,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“Telling them that they should pay more or get less isn’t just counterintuitive. It is disrespectful, it is irresponsible and it is wrong.””
Patten Endorses Underdog Kennedy – Concord, NH Patch: “State Rep. Dick Patten, D-Concord, has endorsed and signed on to help political underdog Bill Kennedy in his race for the governor’s office.
Patten, who is also a Ward 8 Concord City Councilor, said he decided to back the political underdog after getting to talk to him and finding out that he was a genuine person. He said he was interested in booking Kennedy for his “Around Town” cable show on ConcordTV to find out what he was all about and couldn’t reach him. But after meeting him, he knew he had to back Kennedy and help him out.”
First Lady Michelle Obama to visit NH – Boston.com: “First Lady Michelle Obama is planning a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire next week. She’ll make a swing on through Holderness, Laconia and Manchester.
The events on Thursday include an early afternoon fundraiser in Holderness.
That will be followed by grassroots events designed to boost on-the-ground support in Laconia and Manchester later in the day.
The First Lady’s events in Laconia and Manchester are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first come, first serve basis.
They’re available from Obama for America and Organizing for America offices around the state.”
Romney plan would force seniors out of nursing homes, says DNC leader | SeacoastOnline.com:
In a statement released in advance of Schultz’s visit, Wayne MacDonald, chairman of the N.H. Republican State Committee, said, “Debbie talks a good game, but her rhetoric ignores reality.
“To help pay for Obamacare, the Democrats cut Medicare benefits by $500 billion, a plan supported by (Democratic Congressional candidates) Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter,” MacDonald said. “At a time when seniors face increasing costs, it’s outrageous that Democrats not only cut this important program, but they also have no plan to prevent it from going bankrupt. If Shea-Porter and Kuster really support seniors and Medicare, they’ll use this visit by their party leadership to explain to voters why they supported cutting $500 billion from Medicare.”
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