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NH Election News 8/11: Romney Picks RYAN – NH Candidates Reactions to Selection, Cilley Cites Differences, and more

Annie Kuster released the following statement in response to Mitt Romney selecting Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate:

When Mitt Romney announced Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate this morning, he not only endorsed Congressman Bass’ agenda of drastically cutting Medicare while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires – he also cemented the fact that this will be the focus of our debate through November.

Congressman Bass’ support for Paul Ryan’s budget plan has drawn sharp criticism from New Hampshire voters – and for good reason. His budget would end Medicare as we know it and make devastating cuts to education, research, and infrastructure while at the same time giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, oil companies, and outsourcers. That’s a plan to move our country backward, not forward.

Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement.

“While voting for all of the Bush era big spending, Congressman Paul Ryan tried to privatize Social Security. This Congress, he proposed to privatize Medicare, give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest, and to cut programs such as Meals on Wheels and student aid. Congressman Frank Guinta voted along with him on all the drastic budget cuts that targeted the middle class, and New Hampshire voters will reject their agenda in November.”

The Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to Dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire’s Citizens (Maggie Hassan Statement) 

MANCHESTER – Responding to Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan said that with Paul Ryan on the ticket, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have a new partner in their attempts to dismantle Medicare for New Hampshire’s seniors.

“Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Paul Ryan all share the same goal of dismantling Medicare, a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “They want to let the legislature take over Medicare and strongly support Ryan’s plan to dismantle the program.”

“Medicare provides access to critical health care for tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to the Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne Plan to dismantle Medicare and always fight to protect our seniors and all citizens from any attempts to restrict access to health care.”

Ovide Lamontagne has stood with Bill O’Brien and the reckless Tea Party legislature in calling for the state to takeover Medicare. Under the Ovide-O’Brien plan, the legislature would be permitted to increase health care costs on seniors by $6,000 or more a year, change eligibility rules and deny access to services. Our seniors can’t afford the Ovide-O’Brien plan for Medicare.

Ovide Lamontagne has said that one of his top priorities as Governor will be to push to get the federal government to “block grant” Medicare and allow the legislature to run it. The House has already passed a bill called for Congress to create an “Interstate Health Compact,” which would allow the legislature to run Medicare.

“This legislature has already cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes, while Ovide stood by.   New Hampshire citizens cannot afford to stand by while Ovide Lamontagne, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan try to dismantle Medicare,” said Hassan. “I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire seniors.”

In a February op-ed, Ovide Lamontagne said the takeover of Medicare would be one of his top priorities as governor.  Lamontagne has also expressed support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which would make seniors pay more for health care and put private for-profit health insurers in charge of their care. Other advocates have deemed this proposal “revolutionary” – and that’s exactly what it is: a revolutionary change that would take away health care for New Hampshire seniors.

NH’s Ayotte supports Ryan as Romney’s choice – News – Boston.com: “Ayotte said Saturday that Romney and Ryan will put America back on a path of prosperity by reforming government, enacting real deficit reduction, and overhauling the tax code to spur economic growth.

She said nothing about the possibility that she could have been Romney’s pick.

Ayotte has developed a warm relationship with Romney and is often at his side when he visits New Hampshire,”

Ryan Boosts Romney’s Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents | New Hampshire Public Radio: “Ryan’s “no-holds barred record of attacking seniors, children, and working men and women is frightening for the 99 percent of Americans who are not rich,” Henry says.

Jim Messina, Obama for America campaign manager, characterized Ryan as “the architect of the radical House budget” who supports “new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy.””

Balanced approach to environmental issues – Fosters: “Our communities will face challenges in adapting to climate change, such as increased storm water runoff and rising sea levels. I will lead efforts to craft legislation to ensure communities can work with state agencies, such as the Department of Transportation and DES, to meet changing conditions. Let’s put politics aside so that we don’t saddle future generations with costs because we failed to plan wisely.

As your state senator, I will work diligently for a balanced approach to the environment so our children and grandchildren can enjoy these summer days in our beautiful communities for years to come.

State Rep. David Watters”

Cilley cites differences with rival in gubernatorial race | SeacoastOnline.com: “In response to Hassan’s pledge to reverse the 50-percent reduction in state funding for the university system if it freezes tuition rates, Cilley said it would be an attempt to solve a problem by creating another problem.

“Freezing tuition, if that were out there only by itself, sure isn’t going to help the University of New Hampshire offset one of the biggest blows in the history of this country, never mind the history of New Hampshire,” Cilley said. “There is no other state that hit any of their public educational institutions the way ours got hit this time.””

EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE – SentinelSource.com: Local News: “Hassan also said she wanted to “make it possible for more New Hampshire students to actually stay in the state and go to school here, have more slots for them at the university system and at the state college system.”
For public schools, Hassan said she wants to target state education funding, but to do so would require a constitutional amendment. This Legislature’s attempt at a similarly-aimed amendment failed to achieve the necessary three-fifth’s majority due to fighting over whether it might actually lead to underfunding schools. Hassan, who opposed this session’s amendment, said she would have to see what the Legislature’s makeup was after elections to see what she might be able to get through as governor.”

House Republicans Face Vulnerabilities in Some Districts – WSJ.com: “The fight is playing out in New Hampshire’s Second District, where Rep. Charlie Bass, a Republican, is trying to fend off a challenge from Ann McLane Kuster, a Democratic attorney whom he narrowly defeated in 2010. Mr. Obama won 56.5% of the vote in the district in 2008.

Mr. Bass’s story shows the changing currents that many Republicans must navigate. First elected to Congress on the Republican wave of 1994, Mr. Bass was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a coalition of centrists that generally don’t emphasize social issues and advocate what they call a “pragmatic” fiscal conservatism. After Mr. Bass lost in 2006, he stayed with the centrist group as president.”

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