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8:45 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Lamontagne and Hassan Tangle At First Debate

Democrat for governor Maggie Hassan and Republican challenger Ovide Lamontagne debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
David Lane Union Leader
  • 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."

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5:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

2nd District Congressional Candidates Debate On Economy And Taxes

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster debates incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Bass at St. Anselm College in Manchester
New Hampshire Union-Leader
  • Democratic candidate Anne McLane Kuster challenges republican incumbent Charles Bass in a forum on business and economy.

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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Elections 2012
4:28 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Stumping in N.H., Ryan Hits At Entitlement Culture

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Josh Rogers, NHPR

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's visit to a Dover Community center was his first appearance since video footage surfaced showing Mitt Romney telling a well-heeled audience at private fundraiser that almost half of all Americans see themselves as victims.

Ryan didn’t address Romney’s comments directly during a town hall meeting in Dover, but he did attempt to clarify where he and Romney stand on what they say are the failures of the Obama administration.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Candidate Forum: New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District

Candidates for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District: incumbent Republican Charlie Bass and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster.
David Lane Union Leader

We present the second of our candidate forums on business and the economy. We sit down with the candidates for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District:  incumbent Republican Charlie Bass and Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster.  We’ll examine the issues -- from deficits to health care to job growth.

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Elections 2012
12:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in Portsmouth

Senator McCain speaking in Portsmouth
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Senator John McCain was in New Hampshire stumping for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, McCain made the case for Mitt Romney to a gathering of veterans and their families.

Addressing the recent anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East, McCain called the president’s response to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya a “partial apology.”

He said under President Obama, America’s relationship with Israel had deteriorated to an all-time low and questioned the President’s commitment to see America lead the world:

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Elections 2012
5:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

1st District Congressional Candidates Square Off

Abby Goldstein NHPR

New Hampshire’s first district candidates for Congress battled Monday in a debate moderated by NHPR’s Laura Knoy. The topics for discussion stayed within the realm of economic policy and job creation and energy policy was among the stickier points.

Much of the debate between Congressman Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was an argument of who should and should not receive federal tax dollars. This was highlighted when the candidates were asked how they would address the rising cost of energy.

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Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Candidate Forum On Business And The Economy

David Lane Union Leader

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.

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Elections 2012
9:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Sen. McCain Holds Town Hall Meetings In N.H.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain speaks at a rally in Manchester, October 22, 2008.
Kelli True NHPR

Sen. John McCain is returning to New Hampshire to campaign for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Elections 2012
11:41 am
Fri September 14, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: N.H. Congressional Races

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, Morning Edition checsk in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’ campaign statements are.

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Elections 2012
12:07 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Democrats Rally Behind Hassan At Unity Breakfast

Maggie Hassan speaking in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

New Hampshire Democrats met in Manchester this morning at a Unity Breakfast to set the tone for the run up to the general election in November.

Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan, her former challenger Jackie Cilley, and other Democratic candidates spoke at the party’s first major post-primary event.

In a show of solidarity, Jackie Cilley removed her own campaign button from her coat and pinned a Hassan button in its place, asking her supporters to do the same.

“We have one opportunity in this country to elect a pro-choice, Democratic woman governor. It’s here.”

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Elections 2012
4:43 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Victorious Hassan Continues With Retail Politics

State Senator Maggie Hassan speaking with reporters. State Senator Lou D'Allesandro on the right.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Following her victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, State Senator Maggie Hassan greeted voters at Manchester’s Red Arrow Diner on Wednesday.

It was a slow morning as Senator Hassan met with a half dozen or so patrons at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester. Hassan told reporters her campaign will be aggressive in stepping up fundraising.

“We’ve had a great outpouring of support in this state yesterday and today already and we’ll work as hard as we can to have the resources we need to compete.”

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Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Hassan Wins Primary; Dems Look To General Election

Marc Nozell NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan turned what was expected to be a tight race with fellow former state senator Jackie Cilley into and 15 point romp.

The crowd chanted, “Maggie Maggie Maggie.”

And when she took the stage at her victory party last night Hassan wasted no time in making the same argument she’s made all election long: She will act as a check on a republican legislature she considers extreme, and that she sees the man who now occupies the corner office a role model.

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Elections 2012
1:57 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Close Race for District 4 Executive Council Seat

Bob Burns
Credit NH GOP

An Executive Council race in the Manchester area turned out to be one of the state's closest primary races.

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Elections 2012
1:54 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cilley Tells Supporters: 'Fight Worth Having'

Marc Nozell NHPR

Jackie Cilley concedes the Democratic gubernatorial race to Maggie Hassan, and says the primary debate was worth it for the party.

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Elections 2012
1:52 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lamontagne Claims GOP Nomination

Ovide Lamontagne with his wife Bettie during last night's victory speech.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Both Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith came into the race with strong conservative credentials. But Smith couldn’t overcome the name recognition and money of the front-runner.

At the night’s campaign headquarters in Concord, Bettie Lamontagne introduced her husband to a crowd of raucous supporters.

"Please welcome the love of my life, my best friend, and the person we all believe should be the next governor of the great state of New Hampshire, Ovide Lamontagne..."

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