NH GOP - Exposes Shaheen's Nuclear Flip-Flop

Jeanne Goes Nuclear: Or So She Says


The Union Leader

September 16, 2008

“Last week Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign circulated videos of New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen saying Shaheen once was a ‘radical community organizer.’ On Monday, the GOP shot back with three videos of its own. We have no doubt the Shaheen campaign won't be circulating these videos.

“They show Shaheen on WMUR-TV’s ‘Close Up’ program back in the late 1980s. In one, Shaheen says, ‘nuclear power is dangerous, and we've got to protect the public safety.’ In another, former New Hampshire House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh says that if we don’t have more nuclear power plants, we will become more dependent on oil from the Middle East. Shaheen says in response, ‘that argument just doesn't wash.’

“But now she echoes Cobleigh. She says nuclear power should be part of the solution to our energy problems. And she says, as she does in the column on the opposite page, that ‘New energy investment will ‘...end our dependence on foreign oil...’

“Having fought for so long to prevent the expansion of nuclear power, Shaheen now claims to back it. After having claimed that it won't affect our dependence on foreign oil, she now claims it will help end that dependence.

“It’s nice that after more than two decades Shaheen finally agrees that nuclear power is safe and needed. At least, she says she agrees. She also said she’d oppose broadbased taxes, then proposed one. What does she really think about nuclear power? Who knows?”

GOP Continues To Press Shaheen On Nuclear Power

By John Distaso

The Union Leader

September 16, 2008

“In 1987, then-Democratic activist Jeanne Shaheen and Republican former Speaker of the House Marshall Cobleigh often appeared together on a WMUR talk show, ‘Close Up.’

“Cobleigh kept the tapes of the shows, and the New Hampshire Republican Party yesterday released them in an attempt to show that Shaheen, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, has ‘completely flip-flopped’ on nuclear power.”


“The 21-year-old video clips, which the state GOP posted on YouTube.com, show Shaheen speaking in strong opposition to the Seabrook nuclear power plant, which was one of the major political issues in the state in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Shaheen, who managed anti-Seabrook Democrat Paul McEachern’s campaigns for governor in 1986 and 1988, said in one clip, ‘What's happened to the nuclear industry since Seabrook was started? And that is Three Mile Island in 1979 and what that did to the cost of nuclear power, and Chernobyl, and the realization that nuclear power is dangerous, and we've got to protect public safety.’

“In another clip, Shaheen says, ‘The people who are opposing Seabrook don’t ever want to pay for the plant, and our position is that if that plant never goes online, then we are never going to have to pay for it, and the investors are going to take the loss, and I believe that's going to happen.’

“In another clip, Shaheen says former GOP governors Meldrim Thomson Jr. and John H. Sununu, the current senator’s father, essentially kept the Seabrook project alive with their political support and that plant opponents should not be blamed for the financial problems then facing its former chief owner, Public Service Co. of New Hampshire.

“Cobleigh responds that without nuclear power, ‘We are going to become more and more vulnerable to the Arabs in the Mideast, and that’s why we are in danger of war, because we are not taking care of our energy dependence.’

“Shaheen responds, ‘That argument just doesn’t wash.’”

N.H. GOP says Shaheen has flipped on nuclear energy


September 16, 2008

“The New Hampshire Republican Party has released videos from a 1987 television program that they say shows former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D-Madbury) has changed her position on nuclear energy…”

“The videos show Shaheen debating former House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh on WMUR’s Close-Up. At the time Shaheen was the campaign manager for Paul McEachern's gubernatorial campaign.

“In one video Cobleigh said, ‘And if we don't have nuclear power in this country we are going to become more and more vulnerable to the Arabs in the mid east, and that's why we are in danger of war, because we are not taking care of our energy dependence.’

“To which Shaheen responded ‘that argument just doesn't wash.’

“’Today, Jeanne Shaheen has completely flip-flopped her position by claiming that she actually supports nuclear power and that it should be ‘part of the mix' in any plan to deal with our national energy crisis,’ New Hampshire Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen said in a press release. ‘With energy prices at record levels Shaheen has made yet another politically motivated, election year shift on a critical issue.’

Video Clips Of Jeanne Shaheen’s Past Positions On Nuclear Power Can Be Found Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/NHgop2008