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Shaheen Blasts Brown as NH Senate Race Heats Up

Jeanne Shaheen is one of six that republicans need to take control of the U.S. Senate



    (Published Friday, Oct. 3, 2014)

    One month away from election day and attention across the nation is turning to the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire.

    The seat of Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is one of the six that republicans need to take control of the U.S. Senate.

    Shaheen spoke Friday to a crowd of women voters in Concord, saying she has spent decades combating pay discrimination and fighting for women's rights to contraceptive care.

    Shaheen blasted her opponent, former Massachusetts senator, Scott Brown for making what she calls misleading claims about being a pro-choice republican.

    "When you are pro-choice, you understand that women's reproductive health issues are important to women, you don't go on Fox News and say these are issues that women don't care about," said Shaheen.

    Shaheen was referring to Brown's Tuesday interview on Fox News.

    Brown responded to Shaheen's accusations by saying, "I am an independent pro-choice republican, I have always supported women's health care needs, always, so I am not quite sure what else to say in that regard."

    Brown says he is focused on issues that matter to everyone, and that women's health isn't the only thing women care about.

    "They're also concerned over the fact that Obamacare is crushing women-owned businesses through the business mandates," Brown said. "They're also concerned about energy costs and the fact they can't afford to heat their homes."

    Brown spoke in Londonderry to a group of realtors and small business owners. He says removing mandates and over-regulation by repealing the Affordable Care Act is what's needed to bring better jobs to more Granite Staters.

    "I am focusing on jobs here and I always have been," Brown said. "That's why I am voting to keep taxes low and making sure the regulatory scheme for businesses is not so onerous that they can't create jobs."

    Brown criticizes Shaheen for voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time, endorsing what he calls failed economic policies.

    But Shaheen claims Brown's jobs agenda won't help anyone but big businesses.

    "He believes that we should continue to provide incentives to companies to outsource New Hampshire and American jobs and he voted that way when he was in the senate," Shaheen said.

    State republicans and Brown's campaign are accusing Shaheen of ducking debates and avoiding town halls. Shaheen's campaign says the Senator has already agreed to four debates. The first will be in Conway on Monday. 

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