Desperate Senator Refusing To Participate In Debate Moderated By Respected Journalist Mark Halperin


Concord -Senator Jeanne Shaheen has informed the Manchester and Nashua Chambers of Commerce that she will not participate in a debate with U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown. Shaheen's staff told organizers that the senator is refusing to appear on stage with Brown to discuss the important issues facing New Hampshire and will only participate in a "forum" with separate appearances. The debate was to be co-sponsored moderated by respected journalist Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Media.


"Senator Shaheen is refusing to appear on stage on with Scott Brown at this criticaldebate because she is unable to defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time. At a time when Senator Shaheen is on a phony 'jobs tour,' it is outrageous that she would try to skip a debate about jobs with two of New Hampshire's largest and most respected chambers of commerce," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Senator Shaheen has avoided town hall meetings in New Hampshire, skipped critical committee hearings about national security in Washington, and now she is trying to duck debates. Her disgraceful behaviorreminds Granite Staters that Washington has changed Jeanne Shaheen, and it's time to change Senators in November."


Nashua Chamber of Commerce President J. Christopher Williams told New Hampshire Journal that Shaheen's arrogant campaign staff made it clear they do not believe that Granite Staters deserve any additional debates between the candidates.


"The Shaheen campaign made it clear to the Nashua and Manchester Chambers last week that they had already committed to three televised debates involving both candidates sharing a stage, and therefore felt adding a fourth debate involving a joint appearance would not be ideal," said Williams.


Senator Shaheen has also declined to participate in debates hosted by WGIR-AM radio and Franklin Pierce University. Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein and Governor Maggie Hassan have agreed to seven debates.