Concord, NH - Yesterday, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, candidate for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District launched a “Main Street Jobs Tour.”  Today, it was announced that America’s economic growth is sliding backwards, to just 1.6% this spring, less than half of the first quarter’s 3.7% pace.   Earlier this week, it was announced that housing sales plummeted 27% in July, to their lowest level in fifteen years.

According to an Associated Press report today, “The economy is likely to keep expanding, but at a snail's pace and without creating many more jobs.” (CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer)

Scott Tranchemontagne, spokesman for the campaign of Republican Charlie Bass, issued the following statement.  “If Ann McLane Kuster is truly serious about creating jobs in New Hampshire, she should pledge to overturn the job-killing policies of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.”

“Kuster wants to eliminate existing tax relief enjoyed by New Hampshire families and businesses by repealing the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 – a move that would result in the single largest tax increase in American history and would negatively affect small businesses all across New Hampshire.”

Kuster also supports the jobs-killing Waxman-Markey cap and tax scheme that could result in the loss of over 6,000 jobs in New Hampshire.” 

“Kuster supports the Obama stimulus plan that failed miserably at creating long term jobs, but has left us trillions of dollars in debt.   Kuster not only says that she would have voted for Obamacare, but she is pledging to go even further, calling for an even more expensive expansion of government-run healthcare in the form of the so-called ‘public option.’”

“On her ‘Main Street Tour’ Kuster should listen to the thousands of New Hampshire’s unemployed, to understand that the status quo is not working.   Congress and the Obama administration are not creating jobs or economic opportunities for New Hampshire families. What people really want is a change from the direction she and the Washington Democrats are taking America.  She won’t have to listen very hard to hear Republicans, Independents, and disillusioned Democrats who are hungry for real change, now.”