New Hampshire US Senate debate features Maggie Hassan and Don Bolduc

New Hampshire’s leading U.S. Senate candidates clashed frequently on the debate stage on Wednesday, less than a week before voters head to the polls in the intensely watched race. Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is challenged by Republican Don Bolduc, a retired Army General. Hassan sought to portray Bolduc as an extremist who attempts to hide his true views from Granite State voters, while Bolduc accused Hassan of lying and giving political answers to questions. >> Read debate participant bios: Bolduc | HassanThe candidates were spellbound from the start of the debate, when the panel asked Bolduc about his views on abortion. In the past, Bolduc has called New Hampshire’s 24-week abortion ban too lax and said the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade was a cause for “rejoicing”. with the states and is no longer a federal matter because of the Supreme Court’s decision.” This is a very important issue, it is a state rights issue, and it is an issue that I and my opponent will not deal in the United States Senate,” Bolduc said. “I agree with state law, and I will support that.” REVIEW VIDEOS OF THE DEBATEWatch the full debate at this link, or view the debate by segment here:IntroductionsAbortion rightsInflation and energy costsNATO’s role in UkraineProtests in IranImmigrationElection 2020Climate changeLightning tower: COVID mandates, shock sticker in StoresParental RightsCHIPS Act and China-Taiwan RelationsSupreme CourtOpioid CrisisFair Tax and IRS FundingPolitical ViolenceClosing StatementsFull Debate Video>> Spin Room Reaction: Senator Maggie Hassan (Don Bolduc declined to give his reaction after the debate )Hassan said Bolduc is trying to hide his true views from voters on this and other issues. “He said he would never vote against pro-life legislation in the US Senate,” Hassan said. “He said we should rejoice when Roe v. Wade was overturned. He said the gentlemen of the Legislative Assembly should decide these issues for women.” Bolduc accused Hassan of lying and said he never lied during the campaign, while Hassan said videos and recordings of radio interviews show what he said. Regarding abortion, Hassan said women should have the right to make their own decisions. “It is a fundamental right for a woman to make her own health and safety decisions, and I strongly believe that those decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor,” she said. Bolduc was also asked about his various statements about the 2020 election. Panelist Jean Mackin described comments she called inconsistent: saying in 2021 that members of Congress who certified the results of the election did the right thing, but months later signing a letter with other retired military officials questioning the results. >> See the full debate here: Just before the Republican primary in August, Bolduc said he stood by that letter, but days after winning the primary, he told Fox News he believed the election was not stolen. than his thoughts on the question “It doesn’t change. I’ve been consistent about it. You just gave an accurate analysis,” Bolduc said. “And I said, September 14, it wasn’t stolen. That’s all. I’m not talking about it anymore.” disagrees with “Don Bolduc is an extremist, the most extreme candidate for the United States Senate that New Hampshire has seen in modern history, and he continues to try to hide that from the granite staters,” Hassan said. Much of the debate has centered on current US policies, with Bolduc claiming that Hassan is responsible for inflation and high energy prices. cause. All of her votes in the Senate have caused this heating and power problem that we have,” Bolduc said. “She created it with her 100% support for Joe Biden’s failed policies. That’s why we need to work as efficiently as possible to reduce near-term costs while tackling the long-term drivers of inflation,” she said. Watch the recap of the debate in the player below. Candidates remained on the offensive on issues ranging from border security to a national sales tax, which Bolduc denied favoring, but Hassan said he spoke in favor of the so-called tax fair. should do depends on whether they are doing well at the moment. “Are you better today than two years ago? Says Bolduc. “Two years ago, you didn’t make a choice between warming up and eat.’ The ban on abortion, and his refusal to accept the election results means that i he thinks he doesn’t have to listen to you,” Hassan said. “He can just overrule your votes.” The rest of the week will also feature debates each night at 8 p.m. live on WMUR-TV, WMUR.com, and inside the WMUR app: Thursday: 1st Congressional District Debate Friday: 2nd Congressional District Debate

New Hampshire’s leading U.S. Senate candidates clashed frequently on the debate stage on Wednesday, less than a week before voters head to the polls in the intensely watched race.

Democratic incumbent US Senator Maggie Hassan is challenged by Republican Don Bolduc, a retired army general.

>> US Senate candidates on issues

Throughout the debate, sponsored by WMUR in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Hassan sought to portray Bolduc as an extremist who tries to hide his true views from Granite State voters, while Bolduc accused Hassan of lying and to give political answers to the questions. .

>> Read the biographies of the participants in the debate: Bolduc | Hassan

The candidates jumped at the start of the debate, when the panel asked Bolduc about his views on abortion. In the past, Bolduc has called New Hampshire’s 24-week abortion ban too lax and said the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade was a cause for “rejoicing”.

During the debate, Bolduc said he believed the issue was now in the hands of the states and was no longer a federal issue due to the Supreme Court ruling.

“It’s a very important issue, it’s a state rights issue, and it’s an issue that I and my opponent will not address in the US Senate,” Bolduc said. “I agree with state law and will support this.”


REVIEW THE VIDEOS OF THE DEBATES

See the full debate on this linkor watch the debate per segment here:

>> Spin Room Reaction: His. Maggie Hassan (Don Bolduc declined to comment after the debate)


Hassan said Bolduc was trying to conceal his true opinions from voters on this and other issues.

“He said he would never vote against pro-life legislation in the US Senate,” Hassan said. “He said we should rejoice when Roe v. Wade was overturned. He said the gentlemen of the Legislative Assembly should decide these issues for women.”

Bolduc accused Hassan of lying and said he never lied during the campaign, while Hassan said videos and recordings of radio interviews showed what he said. Regarding abortion, Hassan said women should have the right to make their own decisions.

“It is a fundamental right for a woman to make her own health and safety decisions, and I strongly believe that those decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor,” she said. .

Bolduc was also asked about his various statements about the 2020 election. Panelist Jean Mackin described comments she called inconsistent: saying in 2021 that members of Congress who certified the election results did the right thing, but months later signing a letter with other retired military officials questioning the results.

>> See the full discussion here:

Just before the Republican primary in August, Bolduc said he stood by that letter, but days after winning the primary he told Fox News he believed the election had not been stolen.

Bolduc insisted his thoughts on the matter had not changed.

“It doesn’t change. I’ve been consistent about it. You just gave an accurate analysis,” Bolduc said. “And I said, September 14, it wasn’t stolen. That’s it. I’m not talking about it anymore.”

Hassan said Bolduc had begun to question the upcoming election results and indicated he would challenge a 2024 election result he disagrees with.

“Don Bolduc is an extremist, the most extreme candidate for the United States Senate that New Hampshire has seen in modern history, and he continues to try to hide that from the Granite Staters,” Hassan said.

Much of the debate has focused on current US policies, with Bolduc claiming that Hassan is responsible for inflation and high energy prices.

“She caused it. All of her votes in the Senate caused this heating and power problem that we have,” Bolduc said. “She created it with her 100% support for Joe Biden’s failed policies.”

Hassan said she was named the most bipartisan senator and introduced bills such as the bipartisan infrastructure act and the CHIPS and Science Act as measures that will help cut costs and bring back manufacturing. in the country.

“That’s why we need to work as efficiently as possible to reduce costs in the short term while tackling the drivers of inflation in the long term,” she said.

Watch the recap of the debate in the player below.

The candidates remained on the offensive on issues ranging from border security to a national sales tax, which Bolduc denied being in favor of, but Hassan said he spoke in favor of. the so-called fair tax.

Ultimately, Bolduc said the choice Granite Staters should make depends on how well they perform right now.

“Are you better today than two years ago? said Bolduc. “Two years ago, you didn’t make a choice between heating and eating.”

Hassan said the choice for Granite Staters is the one that best reflects their values.

“Don Bolduc wants to impose an extreme agenda, whether it’s eliminating Social Security or enacting a nationwide ban on abortion, and his refusal to accept the election results means he thinks he doesn’t have to listen to you,” Hassan said. “He can just overrule your votes.”

The rest of the week will also feature debates each evening at 8 p.m. live on WMUR-TV, WMUR.com and in the WMUR app:

  • Thursday: 1st Congressional District Debate
  • Friday: 2nd Congressional District Debate

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