Jim Rubens

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Race: U.S. Senate
Party: Republican
Political Experience: 1994-1998 – New Hampshire Senate
Personal: Married, one child; lives in Hanover
Education: Dartmouth College

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Issues

Former chairman of the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling, Rubens says his top priority is restoring economic growth and good-paying jobs. He supports a “simpler, flatter” tax code to keep companies from outsourcing jobs and fewer regulations on American businesses.

“We need to fix our regulatory structure. We are now the seventeenth most economically free country in the world, we've slipped from third in just thirteen years. We've got to dial back these regulations. I'm proposing that every ten years, all these regulations be sunset. They go back to Congress, Congress looks at them... are they compliant with statute, are they constitutional, are they doing what they are supposed to be doing….”

Rubens supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with ideas that “harness market forces” and increase consumer choice. That includes the interstate sale of insurance, allowing “young invincibles” to purchase a low-cost catastrophic policy and expanding health savings accounts.

“I'm not in favor of mandating people to buy a product or service, and that includes health insurance. So we need to restructure the insurance marketplace so that people are incentivized to buy insurance. How do you do that? You let the free market - you let insurers and hospital and health providers, whether they be insurers or not or networks of hospitals and care providers - provide products and services that people want to buy.”

Rubens is highly critical of U.S. foreign policy in Iraq and Syria, which he calls “crazy, haphazard” and has not made America safer. He believes the American military needs a long-term strategy to strengthen its intelligence-gathering and cyber-warfare capabilities.

“So if there are cases when ISIS and other organizations are threatening American national security, we can use surgical mechanisms to eliminate these specific threats when on-the-ground and other means of intelligence discloses such threats, where ever they may originate from in the world.”   

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Politics
9:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

In Final Debate, Rubens, Smith On Offense, Brown Avoids Mistakes

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In the final debate of the Republican primary for US senate, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith had one last chance to put Scott Brown on the ropes. They did their best, but Brown avoided any major missteps.

From the moment he’s come into the race Scott Brown has been seen as front-runner. Now with the primary just days away, Smith and Rubens are still trying to run him down.

When Brown, who has voiced support for an assault weapons ban in the past, evaded a question on gun control his rivals pounced.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Candidates Trade Swipes In Radio Debate

Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Scott Brown during a debate earlier this month in North Conway
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Republican US Senate candidates Bob Smith, Jim Rubens, and Scott Brown squared off this morning for a debate broadcast on WGIR. The repeated confrontations during the debate highlighted the growing tension between the trio as September 9th Primary nears.

Former State Senator Jim Rubens for weeks has been demanding Scott Brown lay out what – specifically – he would propose to replace Obamacare. That again was he tactic Rubens used Wednesday morning.

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Elections 2014
4:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens at NHPR's studio, 2014.
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We continue our series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

Jim Rubens served in the N.H. State Senate from 1994-98 and is former chairman of the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling. 

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Rubens. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

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Politics
5:04 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Senate Primary Ramps Up, Brown Remains Candidate To Beat

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In just three weeks, Republicans will choose who will face one of the most successful politicians in recent New Hampshire history: incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

This race is one of less than a dozen in the country that could help decide the balance of power in the Senate.

On paper, the three leading candidates have their strengths, but the front-runner remains clear. In the field are two former Senators, and a former state-level politician who the Manchester Union leader declared Citizen of the year in 2013.

But all of them have baggage.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republicans Meet For Senate Debate In Conway

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The leading candidates for U.S. Senate met for debates Thursday in North Conway.

The debate, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, ranged from Obamacare to medical marijuana, from the Veteran's Affairs to the National Security Agency. And with the increasing instability in the Middle East the candidates spent plenty of time airing their views on the situation in Iraq.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates "Stump On A Stump" In Concord

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  The Republican Candidates vying for the chance to run against Jeanne Shaheen for Senate in November were stumping in Concord over the weekend. Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith faced questions about agricultural and timber policies at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and the Timberland Owners Association at Carter Hill Orchard.

Brown used the opportunity to say that he wants to cut the red tape required to get temporary worker visas.

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NH News
12:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off Town Hall Meeting Series Tuesday In Salem

Scott Brown
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown will kick off a series of town hall meetings Tuesday night in Salem.

Brown, a former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, says Tuesday night’s discussion will focus on immigration, with each meeting focusing on a particular topic.

Brown is running against former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former state Senator Jim Rubens in the Republican primary on Sept. 9.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls

Former state Senator Jim Rubens, left, mingles at the "Thank a Vet" BBQ in Holderness on Saturday. Rubens, a Republican, is running for U.S. Senate.
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The “Thank a Vet” barbeque in Holderness Saturday drew several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the upcoming September primary.  

Among them was former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who’s running to get his old seat back.

Smith has yet to release fundraising figures, but he says his campaign is doing fine.

“We don’t do fundraisers in Las Vegas and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re a grassroots organization. I like to say I’m a country music Republican, not a country club Republican and so that’s where we’re raising our money.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

2014 Primaries and Elections: A Look Ahead

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With summer officially here, it’s not just the weather heating up, but the political season as well. There are polls, ads, debates being scheduled, and big-name politicians coming in to support candidates. There's also already some drama, with one contender dropping out and another’s residency being questioned.  We’re looking at how the U.S. Congress, Senate, and N.H. Governor races are shaping up so far.

GUESTS:

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Politics
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pro-Rubens PAC Launches Anti-Brown Website

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The realscottbrownrecord.com highlights what the NH PAC to Save America calls Brown’s deceptive tactic of criticizing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for doing what he also did– support policies favored by President Obama.

Brown has made Jeanne Shaheen’s fealty to the president a key part of his campaign, but PAC adviser Mike Dennehy says Brown needs to be held to account for the fact that Congressional Quarterly found he voted with the President 78 percent of the time in 2012.

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NH News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
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If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Brown Absent For Senate Debate Wednesday, Will Take Part In Forum Friday

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The Republican front runner in the race for U.S. Senate – former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown – will not take part in a debate in Merrimack tonight with his primary challengers.

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Politics
1:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Jim Rubens Files His Papers For U.S. Senate

Jim Rubens stopped by the secretary of states office Thursday to file his candidacy for US Senate. The Hanover Republican used the opportunity to make the case that he’ll be the number one competitor to former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in the primary.

Former state senator Jim Rubens is perhaps the most difficult Republican to pin down ideologically in the race for the Senate seat currently held by Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Rubens, has trailed Scott Brown in early polls,

He’s been campaigning furiously on issues related to gun rights and veterans affairs.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Rubens Wins Liberty Caucus Support

To Liberty Caucus Chairman Aaron Day's way of thinking the symbolism of recent endorsements in this race is clear:

The GOP establishment has its candidate in former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and republicans who prize the constitution and tackle problems with ideas have theirs in Jim Rubens.

"He’s thoughtful, intelligent, and open to rational discussion and debate."

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Republican Candidates For U.S. Senate Debate, Scott Brown Declines Invite

From left, Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith at the Bedford Public Library.
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  Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith debated in Bedford Tuesday night. The tone was cordial and while some disagreed on points of policy, they were united in their criticism of the absent candidate: Scott Brown.


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