MANCHESTER – In the first gubernatorial debate this morning, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan drew sharp contrasts between her plans to keep New Hampshire moving in the direction of Governor John Lynch and her opponent Ovide Lamontagne’s divisive agenda which would take our state backwards.
“This morning Maggie drew sharp contrasts between her plans to keep New Hampshire moving in the direction of Gov. John Lynch, bringing people together to move New Hampshire forward, and Ovide Lamontagne’s plan to continue in the direction of Speaker Bill O’Brien and the current legislature, where the needs of middle-class families take a backseat to an extreme social agenda,” said Matt Burgess, Hassan's campaign manager.
Hassan’s Innovate NH Plan provides tax credits, technical assistance and freezes college tuition for two years to support the efforts of New Hampshire businesses to grow and innovate. She made clear she will veto an income or a sales tax. During the debate, Lamontagne tried to walk away from his written pledge to support Cornerstone Research’s agenda, which includes a dozen bills to limit abortion rights, repeal marriage equality, and deregulate health insurance which would remove important consumer protections like coverage for mammograms.
FYI: Cornerstone's Shannon McGinley said the agenda is based on its Families First Pledge for candidates. “We fully expect our pledge signers to introduce the bills identified in our agenda, and we intend to help those legislators advance these bills through the N.H. House and Senate and beyond the governor’s desk into the state’s law books.” [AP, 9/17/12, NHCornerstone.org, accessed 9/16/12]
Cornerstone's Agenda: http://www.nhcornerstone.org/2013familiesfirstagenda/