This week we’re looking at jobs – specifically, what the candidates for New Hampshire governor would do about them. Today All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks to the Libertarian nominee, John Babiarz.
Ask any voter, or candidate for political office, this election cycle about the top campaign issue, and you’re bound to hear “jobs, jobs, jobs.”
As such, we'll talk with each candidate for governor about how they plan to improve New Hampshire’s economy and create jobs. We begin with Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne, who has dubbed his economic plan the "Prosperity Agenda." He speaks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.
N.J. Governor Chris Christie helped Lamontagne raise money in Bedford, and joined him for a tour of a Medical device maker in Hudson. The pair then rallied Republicans in Atkinson. Throughout Christie suggested that electing Democrat Maggie Hassan would pave the way for an income tax.
“Anybody, like Maggie, who’s running against Ovide here, who starts whispering about an income tax, you know what that means, because politician who starts whispering about an income tax they’ve already started making up their minds.”
Candidates for Governor, Ovide Lamontagne (R) and Maggie Hassan (D) debate in a forum on business and the economy.
The battle lines in this debate became clear early, very early. In fact, Maggie Hassan was just 6 seconds into her first answer to a general question on the economy when she sought to blunt the tax and spending critique she must have known was coming.
"It’s really important that we have a strong and competitive economy, and that of course comes with opposing an income or a sales tax."
The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Union Leader are partnering to host a second round of gubernatorial and congressional debates on Sept. 17, 18, and 19 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College at 9:00 am.
Maggie Hassan gave her acceptance speech at her victory party tonight in Manchester, comparing her stance on free kindergarten and abortion rights with her now-opponent, Ovide Lamontagne. Her biggest round of applause came when she announced that "women should be able to make our own health-care decisions." She continued by thanking her family and supporters.
NHPR will have special live coverage of tomorrow's state primary beginning at 8 pm and lasting throughout the evening. Laura Knoy of The Exchange will host the live broadcast, and we'll hear from NHPR reporters and analysts at the camps of gubernatorial candidates, Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, Ovide Lamontagne, and Kevin Smith.
Check back here at nhpr.org and follow @nhpr on twitter for the latest primary results, news, and photos.
In the last budget, one of lawmakers’ most controversial decisions was to cut the state’s contribution to New Hampshire’s public universities by 48 percent. Restoring those cuts has emerged as a big issue in the governor’s campaign. But how that will happen is a question politicians have yet to answer.
The people who don’t approve of the cuts that the New Hampshire legislature made to the university system – like UNH president Mark Huddleston – describe those them in a certain way.
Bill Kennedy of Danbury is one of three Democratic candidates on the primary ballot for New Hampshire governor. He’s a business owner who served 29 years in the US Air Force. This is his first run for statewide office.
Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith are known for being strong social conservatives. Lamontagne is a champion of the pro-life movement. And Kevin Smith has long been one of the loudest voices opposing gay marriage in the state. But during last night’s debate at Saint Anselm College, both tried to play down these hot-button issues.