Republican State Representative Liz Hager Announces Support For Obama
Manchester, New Hampshire—Today, Senate President Sylvia Larsen , Dr. Susan Lynch, Peggo Hodes, Jennifer Wierwille Norton, Terry Sturke, Laura Simoes
Janice Fleming, and AnnMarie Morse presented a declaration of shared values outlining why they believe Senator Obama will bring about the change Granite Staters need.
“While all of us here bear official titles for the elected offices we hold and the communities we advocate for, today we bear a responsibility to clearly and unequivocally lay out to the women of New Hampshire the stark differences between Senator McCain and Senator Obama,” said Senate President Larsen. “We stand here today as New Hampshire women, asking fellow New Hampshire women to join with us in voting for a president who represents our values and our beliefs – to ask them to vote for Barack Obama.”
At today’s press conference, State Representative Liz Hager, a lifelong Republican who has held elected office in New Hampshire for 35 years announced her support for Senator Obama.
“I’ve been impressed by Senator Obama’s judgment on a number of issues but it is his position on choice and what is at stake for women in this election that convinced me to come out to publicly support him,” said Representative Hager. “It’s very scary to think that in 2008, if John McCain and Sarah Palin are elected, we will have a President and Vice President who have said they will overturn Roe v Wade. I want New Hampshire women to hear this message loud and clear—there is one candidate who supports your right to choose when to have a family and his name is Barack Obama.”
**DECLARATION BELOW AND ATTATCHED**
We, the Democratic, Independent, and Republican Women of New Hampshire, support Senator Obama because he, like us, believes that:
Ø every person should have high quality and affordable health care and the right to take time off from their job to care for a sick loved one;
Ø every woman should have the right to privacy, both in her home and in her decision about how and when to raise a family;
Ø every child should have access to a world class education that starts in pre-kindergarten and continues until that child graduates from college;
Ø every family should be able to find safe, affordable, and high-quality child care and early education programs for their children;
Ø every person should be protected from violence in the home;
Ø every person, regardless of gender, should be paid an equal amount for an equal days work and be able to retire with dignity and the knowledge that their retirement savings are safe; and
Ø every American deserves a foreign policy that promotes our country’s standing in the world and our security interests at home.
These values know no party or ideology, no gender, race or creed. They are the basis by which we, along with Senator Obama, will bring about the change we need.