When asked by Andrea Mitchell yesterday on MSNBC whether she would welcome the President on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Shaheen declined, saying, “I expect him to be in Washington.”
But it was a different Shaheen in 2008 who fully embraced Obama and his agenda, declaring in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, “Together with Barack Obama as our President, we are going to move this country in a new direction." Shaheen thought so highly of President Obama's first term that she served as co-chair for his 2012 re-election.
"Jeanne Shaheen has spent the last six years rubber-stamping President Obama's policies and going along with his agenda, which has weakened us at home and around the world. No amount of election year posturing can change that," said Brown Campaign Manager Colin Reed. "With President Obama’s approval ratings at all-time lows, it’s understandable why Senator Shaheen would abandon him now but she can't change her record of voting with Obama 99% of the time."
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Transcript "Then and Now":
Jeanne Shaheen: Like everyone in this room tonight
I am so excited that it looks like Barack Obama is going to be our next president
Together with Barack Obama as our president
We are going to move this country in a new direction
Andrea Mitchell: And having the President come won’t be helpful
Shaheen: Um, well the President is dealing with a lot of crises in the world right now
So I expect him to be in Washington
President Obama: I’m not on the ballot this fall
But make no mistake – these policies are on the ballot
Shaheen: I am so excited