Bass For Congress - Bass Challenges Annie Kuster to Jobs Debate at Nashua Company that Kuster Claims Lost 4,000 Jobs


Concord, NH- Following two days of questions from media and State officials about the actual existence of a Nashua company that Democrat Annie Kuster has repeatedly claimed “lost 4,000 jobs,” the Charlie Bass for Congress campaign today challenged Kuster to a “Lincoln-Douglas style” jobs debate at the company in question.

Text of the letter:

October 22, 2010

Dear Annie,

As President Obama’s and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda of record deficits, out-of-control spending, and a government take-over of our health care system continues to push our unemployment rate back to 10%, the protection of existing jobs and the creation of new ones is a major issue of concern for voters.

Therefore I suggest we participate in a special Lincoln-Douglas style debate solely focused on jobs, and hold it in front of the Nashua facility that you have repeatedly stated, “lost 4,000 jobs.”   Although you have yet to identify the company in question, rest assured I will meet you there to debate our very different positions regarding jobs.

Therefore, I propose:

Event: Bass – Kuster Debate on Jobs

Time:  Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Location: Nashua, NH at location of facility that “lost 4,000 jobs”.

This debate will give us an opportunity to discuss your support of:


  • Tax hikes on New Hampshire businesses by not extending the 2001, 2003 tax cuts that will eliminate more than 3,400 New Hampshire  jobs.


  • The same tax hikes on New Hampshire businesses that according to respected economist Dennis Delay, “would be a $300 million hit to New Hampshire.”


  • Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation that will eliminate 6,500 – 9,500 New Hampshire jobs. 


  • Big-government, big-spending “stimulus” solutions that have not created new, sustainable jobs, as we have lost 2.6 million jobs since the stimulus was passed - and has not lowered unemployment, which has grown from 8.6% to a current 9.6% and rising.


  • The trillion-dollar “Obamacare” reform which will raise costs and impose fines on businesses, killing jobs.  Specifically in New Hampshire, it “will place huge financial burdens on New Hamsphire’s tourism-related businesses,” and could lead to millions of dollars in fines on New Hampshire resorts while also resulting in a net job loss of 670,000 across America.


My campaign will be happy to coordinate the logistics that are needed to set up a date.  We simply need your acceptance of this offer, and, of course, the address of the facility that you stated, “lost 4,000 jobs.” 

Please provide your response no later than Friday, October 22 at 5pm, in order that we may both have an appropriate amount of time to prepare.   I may be reached at 226-6000.


Charlie Bass