Senator Sununu For US Senate - Salmon Press Papers Endorse Sununu

MANCHESTER - Senator John Sununu today was endorsed by the Salmon Press, a leading Granite State media organization which publishes 11 newspapers across the state. The Salmon Press joins a growing list of prominent New Hampshire publications, including the Eagle Tribune and the Nashua Telegraph, that are endorsing the Senator's re-election after backing Jeanne Shaheen over then-Congressman Sununu in 2002.

"As next week's election draws closer the differences between incumbent U.S. Sen. John Sununu and former governor Jeanne Shaheen have become more and more apparent. That's why we heartily endorse the reelection of John Sununu," writes the Salmon Press. "The Senate Democratic Committee has spent $8-10 million on deceptive television ads aimed at tilting the senate race in Shaheen's favor. But Shaheen, who we endorsed six years ago in the same race, is no longer the same candidate. She has seemingly lost her independence and let her views on key issues be shaped by prevailing political winds. Sununu, meanwhile, has solidified his standing in Washington by representing the views of New Hampshire citizens regardless of political fallout."

The Press also praised the Senator Sununu's efforts to lower taxes, make health care more affordable and accessible, and preserve social security for future generations.

"Even though he is the youngest member of the U.S. Senate, writer P.J. O'Rourke has labeled Sununu a ‘philosopher' and suggested he is the smartest man in the Senate. And he's exactly the right person to represent New Hampshire in the turbulent times ahead in Washington," writes the publication.

The Salmon Press publishes the Littleton Courier, Coos County Democrat, Berlin Reporter, Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Record Enterprise, Winnisquam Echo, Gilford Steamer, Baysider and the Mountain Ear.

Salmon Press Endorses Sununu

Salmon Press

Editorial

October 29, 2008

As next week's election draws closer the differences between incumbent U.S. Sen. John Sununu and former governor Jeanne Shaheen have become more and more apparent. That's why we heartily endorse the reelection of John Sununu.

The Senate Democratic Committee has spent $8-10 million on deceptive television ads aimed at tilting the senate race in Shaheen's favor. But Shaheen, who we endorsed six years ago in the same race, is no longer the same candidate. She has seemingly lost her independence and let her views on key issues be shaped by prevailing political winds. Sununu, meanwhile, has solidified his standing in Washington by representing the views of New Hampshire citizens regardless of political fallout.

Sununu was one of five Republican Senators who joined Democrats to successfully filibuster the U.S. Patriot Act until it could be compromised. He was one of 20 senators who co-sponsored the New Energy Reform Act of 2008, joining with nine other Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Beyond his ability to reach across the aisle he also recognizes that the future of New Hampshire, like the past, rests with small businesses, And he supports legislation that keeps small business vibrant - specifically lower taxes, affordable access to health care and less government intervention.

Sununu was also sponsored the New England Wilderness Act, adding tens of thousands of acres of land to federally protected forests in New Hampshire and Vermont and has routinely supported environmental legislation favorable to New Hampshire residents.

Sununu is unfairly criticized for wanting to "privatize" social security. The truth is the social security system, at its current payout rate, will run out of money sometime in the next 15 years. Sununu has proposed allow younger workers to set aside a part of the money they currently contribute to social security into private, long term savings plans. Their money would follow them as they grow older. There is no risk and those of us retiring between now and 2025 or so would see no change in the way we pay social security taxes through our employer and/or receive them from the government.

Even though he is the youngest member of the U.S. Senate, writer P.J. O'Rourke has labeled Sununu a "philosopher" and suggested he is the smartest man in the Senate. And he's exactly the right person to represent New Hampshire in the turbulent times ahead in Washington.