NHDP - Debate Recap: Guinta, Innis Double Down on Tea Party Agenda

Both Candidates Woefully Out Of Touch With NH Middle-Class Priorities

MANCHESTER— At last night's Granite State Debate, both GOP candidates Frank Guinta and Dan Innis doubled down on their extreme Tea Party positions and demonstrated just how out of step they are with New Hampshire middle-class priorities.

"Last night's debate featured GOP candidates Frank Guinta and Dan Innis tripping over each other to move farther to the right and double down on their ultraconservative credentials," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “From opposing an increase in the minimum wage that would give 110,000 hard working Granite Staters a much needed raise to taking away access to affordable, quality health coverage for tens of thousands of Granite State families by opposing Medicaid Expansion, Guinta and Innis are woefully out of step with New Hampshire's middle-class priorities.”

Among the economic issues the candidates bungled:

Protecting Shipyard Jobs

Dan Innis said he would leave decisions about closing the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard up to the Pentagon instead of Congress, since he’s “not an expert on military bases.” Meanwhile, Frank Guinta voted for the sequester that caused Shipyard furloughs, hurt New Hampshire families, and undermined our national security.

Raising the Minimum Wage

Both candidates opposed raising the minimum wage. Dan Innis said it should be “a state-level decision,” and Frank Guinta said minimum wage workers should “move beyond that,” showing how out-of-touch he is with the realities of 110,000 hard-working Granite Staters face.

Doubling Down on Extreme Republican Budget

Frank Guinta reiterated his support for provisions in the extreme Republican budget he helped write that would voucherize Medicare, noting they would only affect “nobody under the age of 55.” (sic)  Seniors resoundingly rejected the Republican budget’s extreme Medicare cuts in 2012, yet Guinta continues to defend his failed proposal. 

Taking Away Healthcare

Frank Guinta recently signed the Koch Brothers pledge that would take away health coverage from 50,000 Granite State families, and continues to reminisce about the health insurance system “we used to have”—the one when insurance companies could cancel policies of patients who get sick, discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions, and charge higher rates for women. Dan Innis said that New Hampshire should “let them go back to the policies they had before.”