Shea-Porter and Bradley clash on issues in WMUR debate

Carol Shea-Porter and Jeb Bradley offered markedly different visions of America last night in what is likely to be their only televised debate.

Bradley claimed that American economy is robust and that the deficit has been reduced.  Carol Shea-Porter pointed out that most Americans are working more for less and that deficits have skyrocketed under the Republican leadership.

"I'm astounded that he talks about efficient government," said Shea-Porter," because we all know what the cost of government has been since President Bush and Jeb Bradley have come into office.  We have seen the largest deficits in history.  We also know that the top 1% have been the ones who have gained from the income.  When you look at the median, we have not had more money.  And Americans understand that.  They know that they do not have more money for pizza on Friday night, and the bills are larger.  And it doesn't matter what this government tries to tell us.  They know how to read those numbers.  The top 1% are the ones who have picked up the tax breaks and the bottom are the ones who have picked up the tab."

Shea-Porter described the conflict in Iraq as a civil war.  She also recommended redeploying troops in the Middle East -- a strategy which has been embraced by key military and political leaders.

Bradley recommend staying the course in the war in Iraq, despite the fact that the Bush administration stated last weekend that it would no longer use that phrase to describe its strategy.  Bradley's position also contradicts that of several Republicans who have reversed their positions on the war, including Senator John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Olympia Snowe, Senator from Maine. 
"My opponent says we should listen to the generals on the ground," said Shea-Porter.  "Good idea. We should have been listening to those generals last year and the year before.  We heard retired General Odum and many other conservative generals speaking about the disaster that we are in.  And he [Bradley] is talking about waiting until we stabilize Iraq.  If he has a secret plan, he should let Don Rumsfeld and the President know it now."