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9:32 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Live Blog: Obama & Romney's First Debate

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver on Wednesdasy, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour.
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Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 12:38 pm

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President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

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Elections 2012
6:25 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Special Coverage: Presidential Debates

NHPR  will air special coverage for all the presidential debates and the vice presidential debate on October 3, 11, 16 and 22.  In addition, WNYC Radio's "Swing State Radio Network"  in New York is providing a special one-hour live call-in show that will air from 8 - 9 p.m. before each debate specifically for the swing states. 

Oct. 3: First presidential debate on domestic policy

Elections 2012
5:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Poll Shows N.H. Governor's Race Remains Tight

The WMUR Granite State poll shows Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan about even, with neither candidate well known to voters. A quarter of the voters polled said they were still undecided.

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Bass Endorsement
5:07 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bass Snags Bipartisan Endorsement

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, President Clinton's former Chief of Staff, have endorsed Charlie Bass in his bid for reelection
DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

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.” 

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Elections 2012
3:57 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Discuss N.H. Tourism At Summit

Maggie Hassan speaking at a tourism summit in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Both gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne say the state’s tourism efforts are important but must be weighed against budget concerns.

Lamontagne and Hassan appeared at a tourism summit in Concord Wednesday morning, answering audience-submitted questions from tourism businesses owners.

Both candidates say they wouldn’t support an increase in the Meals and Rentals tax -- the second largest source of revenue for the state.

However, Hassan stated that she wouldn’t rule out raising tolls and the gas tax, but said it’s not likely.

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Elections 2012
3:45 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Pres. Clinton Criticizes N.H. Voter ID Law

Student Voters
PennStateLive Flickr

Former President Bill Clinton is telling college students in the battleground state of New Hampshire that they have the right to vote either where they attend school or at home.

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Elections 2012
4:45 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Pres. Bill Clinton To Campaign In N.H.

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for President Barack Obama in Durham, N.H. on Wednesday.

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Elections 2012
4:34 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Hassan And Lamontagne Clash Over Health Care, Again

Photos courtesy of the candidates

New Hampshire's candidates for governor continue to clash over how to fund health care reform.

Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan met for their fourth debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in a 90-minute gathering sponsored by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.

Hassan sought to align Lamontagne with House Speaker Bill O’Brien.  She pointed to Lamontagne’s refusal to accept federal funds for setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid.

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The Exchange: Monday: 10/1
4:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Forum on Healthcare

Photos courtesy of the candidates

On Oct.

Politics
3:31 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Long Obama Ad Running in NH

New Hampshire is one of seven swing states targeted by a new two-minute television ad launched by the Obama campaign.

The ad, which began running Thursday, is titled, ‘Table.” It features a seated Obama speaking directly to the camera. The ad opens with Obama reminding voters that the country was at war with Iraq and losing 800,000 jobs a month when he took office.

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Elections 2012
11:03 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Hassan, Lamontagne Debate In Nashua

While topics ranged from health care to commuter rail, Republican Ovide Lamontagne returned again and again to taxes. He said Democrat Maggie Hassan was a political with a track record of raising taxes and extending government’s reach.

“There is no stopping where she’ll go for new money, and I keep reminding the people that every tax, every fee, every time government takes money from you and from us, and from business, they’re taking away some freedom and liberty from us, and we can’t forget that.”

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Elections 2012
10:40 am
Fri September 28, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: Speaker Bill O'Brien Responds and Shea-Porter's Veterans Ad

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, we’ll check in with PolitiFact to find out just how truthful the candidates have been on the campaign trail. PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com, a project of the Tampa Bay Times.  The goal is to help you find the truth in politics.  They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.   Morning Edition host Rick Ganley talks with the Telegraph’s managing editor for content, Jonathan Van Fleet.

In this conversation:

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Elections 2012
9:27 am
Thu September 27, 2012

N.H. Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In Nashua

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne are meeting for a gubernatorial candidates' debate at Rivier University in Nashua.

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Elections 2012
10:49 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Chris Christie Stumps With Lamontagne

Cheryl Senter NHPR

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.”

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Elections 2012
5:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Who Built What? Diving Deeper Into This Season's Campaign Rhetoric

Jack Gilchrist does work outside his home in Danville, NH
Emily Corwin NHPR

When StateImpact reporter Emily Corwin set out to understand what the slogan 'we built this' means for business and the economy in New  Hampshire, she thought she’d find a lot of disagreement. But in the end – it didn’t work out that way.

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