2nd Congressional District

Kuster acceptance speech
Shannon Dooling for NHPR

It was a repeat match-up with a very different outcome in the Second Congressional District.  Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican Congressman Charlie Bass by a roughly five point margin.  

On Jobs and the Economy: Charlie Bass

Nov 2, 2012
Amanda Loder / NHPR

This week we’ve been talking about jobs and the economy with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd  Congressional District. We wrap up the series with the Republican nominee, incumbent congressman Charlie Bass. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

We sit down with Second District Congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster.  The Hopkinton Democrat is trying for a second time to unseat Republican Charlie Bass.  The two part ways on just about every major issue, from health care to federal debt and Kuster has tried to chip away at the moderate image Bass projects while he has calls her a partisan liberal.  Today we talk with Ann McLane Kuster on the issues and why she says she's the best next person for the job.

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Steve Rhodes / Flickr Creative Common

While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year.  In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision. 

But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue. 

On Jobs and the Economy: Annie Kuster

Nov 1, 2012
Amy Quinton, NHPR

We’re talking this week with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district about their ideas on jobs and the economy. Today we hear from the Democratic candidate, Annie Kuster. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

On Jobs and the Economy: Hardy Macia

Oct 31, 2012
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This month we’ve been talking with New Hampshire candidates about the issues voters say is #1 for them this year – jobs and the economy. This week we’ll hear from each of the nominees in the 2nd Congressional District, and we’ll start with the Libertarian nominee, Hardy Macia. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

Amanda Loder / NHPR

If you had to describe New Hampshire’s congressional elections in one word, “rematch” would be a good choice. 

In the race to Congress two years ago, the distance between Kuster and Bass was almost photo-finish-worthy: about 3,500 votes.  UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith says this year, it could be just as close.

Bass Snags Bipartisan Endorsement

Oct 3, 2012
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The two men who headed the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Commission, which made recommendation on how to lower the federal deficit and balance the budget, have endorsed Congressman Charlie Bass. 

If you opened up the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Union-Leader or Nashua Telegraph Wednesday, a full-page ad may have caught your eye.  The headline: “An Open Letter To New Hampshire Voters Who Care About America’s Economic Future…No Matter What Your Political Party.” 

New Hampshire Union-Leader

Much of the debate between congressional candidates Charlie Bass and Ann McLane Kuster could have taken place between candidates in just about any district in the country.  The forum, organized by the BIA and NHPR, centered almost exclusively on the national economy.   And most of the time, the congressional candidates stuck to broad party-line talking points. 

Take Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster’s point on taxes and deficit reduction.

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