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Nashua Telegraph: A Candidate For 21st-Century NH

Editorial, Nashua Telegraph
August 24, 2014


There are three criteria Republican voters should consider when choosing whether Bob Smith, Jim Rubens or Scott Brown should be the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate and win the right to take on Jeanne Shaheen in November.

The first is, which of the candidates can most effectively advance New Hampshire’s interests on Capitol Hill? It would not serve the state well to send someone to Washington who is more likely to get lost in the shuffle or take years to learn the ropes and get his voice heard.

The second benchmark for voters to consider is which candidate is most likely to serve as a counterweight to the strident partisan acrimony that permeates Washington and has given us legislative gridlock. One of the big reasons that Congress’ approval rating is hovering at record lows is because lawmakers of both parties appear perpetually locked in pitched battle with each other.

The third question for Republican voters to consider is which candidate is most likely to win in November. All three candidates represent a clear break from Shaheen, so it makes sense that the best choice is the candidate with the stature to attract the resources to take on the popular senator.

On all three counts, Scott Brown is the clear choice.

It should not be taken lightly that prominent Republicans endorsing Brown include U.S. Sens. John McCain, of Arizona, and New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte. Both have worked with Brown and respect his abilities.

While serving in the Senate, Brown established himself as a moderate conservative with a common-sense approach to forming public policy

Scott Brown most closely adheres to those fundamental principles that shape the Granite State’s 21st-century identity.

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