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Innis For Congress - ICYMI: Union Leader Innis-Guinta Debate Write-Up 

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UNION LEADER: "GOP candidates Guinta, Innis square off during debate"


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GOP candidates Guinta, Innis square off during debate

By Dan Tuohy

July 24, 2014

Former Congressman Frank Guinta brushed off a reference to him being a career politician during a congressional candidates' debate on a news radio show Wednesday.

It was one of a couple of clashes between the main Republican candidates running to face U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-Rochester, in November.

Jack Heath, host of WGIR's "New Hampshire Today," asked Guinta if he took offense at the reference from Dan Innis.

"I understand Dan has to beat me up somehow," Guinta responded. "I get that. I get that's part of the playbook. He's got to somehow knock me down. I would ask people to run based on their merits and try to explain to people why they would best serve, not by trying to knock somebody else down in the Republican primary."


Innis, a businessman from Portsmouth, had just finished saying that part of the dysfunction on Capitol Hill is driven by people who have been in Washington too long. "They're down there playing politics instead of solving problems," Innis said. "I think the American people and the people of New Hampshire are ready for a new start."


Innis took aim at Guinta early in the debate. The Portsmouth businessman was speaking about how it is important to be independent and to break with leadership to best represent New Hampshire, when he turned to Guinta and said, "A good example here is that Frank Guinta supported the passage of the Patriot Act. I would not have supported that. I think it violates the First, Second and Fourth amendments, and I would have stood up and said, 'No, we need to take another look at this.'"

Guinta fired back. "Let me say, you either stand with the terrorists or you stand with freedom and protecting Americans. You might want to go and take a look at what was going on," he said, referring to the war on terrorism after 9/11.


The candidates were asked if a modest gas tax would be a good means to provide funding. Guinta said dedicating transportation funding through oil exploration leases would be an effective way to restore dollars. Innis, while saying Guinta's idea would ultimately be passed on to consumers, said the way Congress raises revenue, including the gas tax, is open to question.

"I think Congress needs to come together and look at this and say what are the ways that we can fund this? Ideally we don't raise the gas tax, but maybe we need some adjustment," Innis said.



Innis For Congress - Dan Innis v Frank Guinta WGIR Debate Info 

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Dan Innis To Debate Frank Guinta On WGIR


Manchester, NH - Dan Innis, Republican candidate for Congress in NH-01, will debate Frank Guinta on WGIR's Jack Heath radio show tomorrow morning.

Who: Dan Innis, Republican candidate for Congress in NH-01

What: WGIR debate between Dan Innis and Frank Guinta, moderated by Jack Heath and John DiStaso

When: Wednesday, July 23, at 8:00am

Where: WGIR-AM radio 610


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Innis For Congress - Campaign Releases Debate Schedule 

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Manchester, NH - Dan Innis, Republican candidate for Congress in NH-01, released the following debate and candidate forum schedule confirmed by the Innis campaign.

The Innis campaign anticipates confirming more debates and candidate forums in the very near future .

If you are a Republican committee or a New Hampshire media outlet and would like to discuss hosting a debate please call the Innis campaign office at 603-315-2934.

June 23rd

Merrimack GOP candidate forum with Dan Innis and Frank Guinta.

July 8th

Bedford GOP candidate forum with Dan Innis and Frank Guinta.

July 23rd

WGIR debate with Dan Innis and Frank Guinta hosted by Jack Heath and John DiStaso.

August 23rd

Exeter Town Hall debate with Dan Innis and Frank Guinta hosted by the Exeter Republican Town Committee, the Rockingham County Republican Committee and the Seacoast Republican Women.

September 2nd

Granite State debate with Dan Innis and Frank Guinta hosted by WMUR, the Union Leader Newspaper and the Institute of Politics at St Anselm College.


NHDP - BROWN UNDER FIRE: Bad Poll Numbers, Missed Debates, And Debunked False Attacks 

Concord, NH—It was another rough week for Scott Brown in the Granite State. One-time-frontrunner Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in Virginia continued to haunt the GOP, becoming particularly apparent as Brown dodged another debate on Wednesday and came under fire for it from his GOP primary opponents. Then, independent fact checkers discredited another one of Scott Brown’s attacks—this one a completely baseless attack on Senator Shaheen. Finally, a Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll revealed that Brown is viewed “unfavorably” by 46% by likely voters--a huge number.

Brown Attack Debunked byFact Checker

PolitiFact: Brown Attack Deemed "Mostly False"
“Brown’s campaign said that Shaheen voted for a measure that would have amounted to a new national energy tax…We rate this claim Mostly False.”

Brown Has Dangerously High Unfavorability, and Trails Shaheen by 10

The HillShaheen has 10-point lead in NH Senate race
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) continues to hold a comfortable lead over her main Republican rival, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, in a new poll.”

Wall Street JournalPoll: Brown Trails by 10 Points in New Hampshire

“Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) holds a commanding lead over Republican Scott Brown in a new Suffolk University poll out Thursday. Ms. Shaheen leads Mr. Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, 49% to 39% in a poll of New Hampshire residents. There’s still more bad news for Mr. Brown in the poll: His favorability rating trails well behind even President Barack Obama in the state…The numbers are the latest evidence that the New Hampshire Senate race, despite Mr. Brown’s high-profile entrance, may not be among the top-tier contests this fall.”

Boston Herald RadioThursday’s Morning Meeting

CHABOT: I mean one of the things that really struck me was Scott Brown's favorables, which I didn't get a chance to check out from the March poll, but man, he's not doing so great. 

DAVID: No, you're right. His favorability has come up only two points it was 33 back in March, it's now 35. But his unfavorability is also up, it was 42 in March and it's now 46 which is dangerously close to that magic 50%.

CHABOT: Well talk to me about that. What does hitting 50% mean for Scott Brown? 

DAVID: Well in a two way race, or especially in a three way race, your favorability really needs to be in the 20s or 30s to be viable so Brown's unfavorable being at 46 is problematic.

Brown Criticized for Skipping Local Debates

Union LeaderNo sign of Scott Brown in Senate debates

“When Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens and Bob Smith debated at the Bedford Public Library in April, they differed on some issues but were unanimous in their criticism of their opponent, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who was not present. Brown can expect more of the same on Wednesday night, when the Merrimack Business Association hosts a debate among senatorial candidates, again without the front-runner. The scenario could repeat itself in July when radio station WGIR in Manchester hosts its GOP primary debates, and again in August, when the Exeter Republican Town Committee, the Rockingham County Republican Committee and the Seacoast Republican Women host a Republican candidates debate.”

Bonus: Brown's political action committee is still registered to a Massachusetts residence. 



MANCHESTER Today, the Brown campaign announced it had committed to two more GOP primary debates, bringing the total to four confirmed debates that Scott Brown will participate in with his primary opponents in the race for U.S. Senate.
In addition to this week's forum on WMUR's "CloseUp" and the September 4th WMUR/Union Leader debate, Brown's campaign today agreed to appear in debates this summer with the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Debate and New Hampshire Today on WGIR radio with Jack Heath and John DiStaso. 
“Scott Brown continues to run a traditional New Hampshire campaign, and debates are an important part of that process to connect with Republican and independent voters across the state,” said Colin Reed, campaign manager for Brown. “We’re taking nothing for granted and working hard for every vote that will carry us to victory in the fall and ensure that Jeanne Shaheen is a one-term senator.”