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Monday
Aug182014

Martin For US Senate - New Hampshire politics: Franklin Pierce University US Senate debate will sizzle 

Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says New Hampshire’s only genuine U. S. Senate TV debate will sizzle at Franklin Piece University 

Andy says Jennifer Horn and Scott Brown have devastated the Republican Party by trying to “dumb down” the U. S. Senate primary process 

Andy plans to expose Bob Smith, Jim Rubens and Scott Brown - “It’s going to be the most exciting television in recent New Hampshire political history” 

(Manchester, NH) (August 17, 2014)  

Dear Granite Stater: 

On Thursday, August 21st Franklin Pierce University (FPU), New Hampshire Public Television and the Monadnock Leger will sponsor the only genuine debate of the U. S. Senate primary. I invite you to attend. If you can’t come in person (seats are limited) you can watch online (a news release from FPU with a link to the online webcast information is below).

 

In this initial commentary of several biting columns to come (see a list of topics and days below), I would like to explain why the GOP primary process has been a total failure and hurt Republican prospects in November.

 

1. Why is this the “only debate?”

 

Some of my opponents have appeared at various forums and debates to which I was not also invited. They were boring events, mostly “Patty Cake” sessions with no genuine debate or sharp disagreements among the candidates. Well, I disagree sharply with my opponents. The purposes of primaries is to expose both the strengths and weaknesses of party candidates (more of this discussion in a separate section below on the “Eleventh Commandment”). In my opinion, when a debate is rigged in advance to exclude strong candidates, the sponsors of the debate are trying to “fix” the outcome and favor one candidate.

 

The Exeter and Rockingham Republicans have not invited me to their “debate” on August 23rd. But the event is going to be so boring that I am not even complaining about the slight. When the strongest debater is deliberately excluded what you have is a sham and a farce, not a genuine debate. Go for it Exeter and Rockingham.

 

I thank Franklin Pierce University and NHPTV for inviting all of the candidates on the ballot to appear at FPU. Not all of them have agreed to appear, however; some are in hiding. Guess who?

 

2. My history of creating exciting television moments

 

I am the youngest person ever authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to own and operate a television station license. I have been involved in radio and TV for forty-six years. I was a participant in the early days of “talk television” and an early guest on the Fox News Channel when it began. We are hoping to post an anthology of these classic video clips on my website.

 

I have been producing TV commercials and programs for 46 years so I know a lot of what people expect when they turn on the TV set. They do not expect to be bored by brain-dead candidates repeating stale talking points. They want an exciting exchange between the candidates. They want serious and substantive issues discussed with the repartee of candidates who know how to disagree on TV.

 

During the 2008 presidential campaign I became the focal point of opposition to candidate Obama after the McCain campaign all but collapsed. My appearance on Sean Hannity enraged Obamabots and eventually cost Obama millions of votes (please see the link below). The left put me on the front page of the New York Times and my supporters increased exponentially. The Times gambit backfired. In 2010 I exposed then-Congressman Mark Kirk as a military fraud. The Washington Post later verified all of my allegations and Kirk was forced to apologize and return his phony medals.

 

So I know television and I know how to make viewing a debate an interesting and informative and exciting experience for the viewer. I promise that you will see great television on NHPTV and online from FPU next Thursday.

 

3. In the days before the FPU/NHPTV debate I will be “turning up the heat”

 

Starting Monday I will be profiling the weaknesses of my opponents. The bogus New Hampshire media have tried to avoid any confrontation between the candidates. That is the quiet way the liberal media have destroyed the Republican Party in New Hampshire. Without adversarial primaries, voters have no idea of the strengths and weaknesses of primary candidates. Losers keep being nominated and the GOP is now a minority party.

 

Read my daily commentaries exposing Rubens, Smith and Brown for the unsuitable “candidates” they really are. None of the three is qualified to go head-to-head with Jeanne Shaheen in the fall campaign. Shaheen is a pro. These guys are amateurs.

 

4. Why Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” hurts Republicans

 

Thirty-five years ago The Gipper concocted the “Eleventh Commandment,” to limit criticism of him by other Republicans. Probably nothing has done more damage to the GOP than the Eleventh Commandment.

 

First, the media environment has changed since 1979. Viewers today are used to the sharp exchanges on cable TV. When candidates get up and start reciting talking points, viewers turn off.

 

But most critically, by suppressing discussion of a candidate’s weaknesses, primary voters are left without any idea of what can happen once the primary is over. Like tin soldiers being shot down by the Democrats, Republican candidates are nominated in primaries only to fall in general elections. The weaknesses of candidates are never discussed.

 

Primary debates become “pretend” sessions in which like Lake Wobegone, all candidates are “above average” and no candidates have any negatives or flaws to discuss. Then the Democrats pull out their sharp knives and Republicans watch in horror as their primary winners are butchered on Election Day in November.

 

So where’s the benefit to the Eleventh Commandment? Knowing The Gipper, he probably concocted the Eleventh Commandment as a lighthearted aside. But people took him seriously. The result: a continuing disaster for the GOP.

 

When sponsoring groups ask me to observe the Eleventh Commandment, I do. Sponsors of events can place their own limitations of the functions they produce.

 

But the Eleventh Commandment has a further corrosive impact: stripped of adversarial debates within the Republican Party, candidates are unfamiliar with how to “debate” in an open forum before the media. The result, Republicans as a party are lousy debaters.

 

There will be no Eleventh Commandment observed at FPU on August 21st. Viewers will get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the unholy three imposters who, with liberal media connivance, have been masquerading across New Hampshire as serious candidates for the U. S. Senate.

 

6. America is under attack at home and abroad

 

Americans are challenged by a president who is working overtime to implement his socialist schemes to redistribute wealth before he is removed from office. I predicted all this in 2008 (take a look at the Hannity video) but John McCain and his team of losers was not able to fight back. Let me assure you I am a fighter. I will fight for ordinary citizens on August 21st; I will continue to fight for Market Basket workers to see their jobs are not threatened by Scott Brown’s “private equity pirates;” I will fight to win on September 9th, although I am being undermined by the leadership of the NHGOP; and if I am nominated I will fight to retire Barack Obama’s favorite Democrat, 99% Jeanne Shaheen. (Obama’s favorite Republican, by the way, is Scott Brown. Come to think of it, why would any Republican vote for Obama’s “favorite Republican?” Beats me. Wake Up New Hampshire.)

 

Reserve a seat at FPU or watch on TV or the Internet. You will be glad you did. The debate will be exciting television.

 

Loyally,

 

Andy

Sunday
Aug172014

Rubens For US Senate - Rubens Calls for Brown to Take Position on Obamacare 

In today’s Mount Washington Valley Economic Council debate in North Conway, each candidate was asked about what they would do regarding Obamacare. 

 

In response to the question, Scott Brown said that he wants to repeal Obamcare but people who are on it and like parts of it, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, he suggested freezing those parts.

 

“From talking to voters across New Hampshire, they are demanding specific plans to replace Obamacare,” said Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.  “This statement from Scott Brown is the latest in a series of statements that range from endorsing the major components of Obamacare to not clearly articulating his vision for fixing this broken system.”

 

Some of Brown’s recent statements include:

“At one stop, he suggested repealing Obamacare but letting New Hampshire’s beneficiaries be ‘grandfathered in’ so they don’t lose coverage.” Politico, May 15, 2014

 

"Not only on Medicaid expansion, but the Affordable Care Act, I've always felt that people should get some type of health care options and pay for it with a nice competitive fee, that's all great. I believe it in my heart." WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

“And a plan which is good for New Hampshire which can include the Medicaid expansion” WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

McElveen: “So you agree with the philosophy behind the ACA in terms of of the healthcare, but the mechanisms just doesn’t work as far as you’re concerned.”  Brown: “Yeah listen, absolutely”. WMUR-TV, April 27, 2014

 

New Hampshire Public Radio reported on August 12, 2014, “Brown meanwhile said he’d like to see the law replaced with a network of state controlled solutions.”

 

Rubens adds, “Because he favors grandfathering current Obamacare enrollees, wants to keep Medicaid expansion and voted for mandated insurance in Massachusetts, he supports the three major pillars of Obamacare.  On my website I lay out a detailed 16-point plan, no such plan exists on ScottBrown.com.  I’m calling on Brown to describe specifically what he is proposing to replace Obamacare.”

 

Saturday
Aug162014

Rubens For US Senate - Please Join Me in Wishing Jim Rubens a Happy Birthday

 
 

Hello,

Tomorrow is Jim Rubens's birthday. He'll be celebrating it by doing what he does every weekend: hitting the campaign trail and talking with voters in New Hampshire. His full schedule is below. If you happen to see him, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday!

If your plans take you elsewhere this weekend, I wanted to provide you with an opportunity to wish him well. If you follow this link, you can leave Jim a birthday note with a donation as little as $5. We are also doing an online Birthday Money Bomb through Facebook and the website. If you were looking for the perfect opportunity to donate this just may be it! Any amount you are able to contribute, whether it is $25, $100, $250, or even up to the maximum of $2,600 will be greatly appreciated and used to help spread Jim's message.

Thank you!

James Basbas

Saturday
Aug162014

Rubens For US Senate - Week in Review: Business Tours, House Parties, and a Debate  

  It was another great week of meeting with voters and engaging on the issues.

On Monday, Marian Noronha, Founder, Chair, and CEO of TurboCam in Barrington endorsed my campaign. He gave me a tour of the facility as well as the meeting with employees to answer the tough questions. I'm happy to have earned his endorsement.



On Wednesday, I toured one of the great New Hampshire industries, breweries and meaderies. Below is a photo of Michael Fairbrother founder and Erik Schroder cellar master of Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry.



On Thursday the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council hosted a debate among the three major candidates for US Senate. I enjoyed talking to the voters there and making my stances clear on the issues important to voters. This debate would not have happened if I had not forced Scott Brown to agree to it as a condition of me signing the unity pledge.



To read a recap of the debate, you can read the article here including NHPR calling Jim the "candidate of ideas". In response to the question, Scott Brown said that he wants to repeal Obamcare but people who are on it and like parts of it, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, he suggested freezing those parts. It was the latest in a series of unclear statements on his position on Obamacare.



After the debate, I had an awesome time on the ATV trails at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin. Thank you Randy Cicchetto at Jericho Motorsports for getting me started on the trail and for your support.



The Keene Sentinel ran a piece this week on being the 'reform' candidate. They also interviewed voters, including one who called Rubens "my kind of guy."

Concord Monitor covered the NH Farm Bureau Picnic, noting that I stayed to answer the tough questions while other candidates did not.



Thank you to everyone who has hosted a house party or invited me to speak at your business. If you would like to host either, please go here or reply to this e-mail.

 
 
Friday
Aug152014

Rubens For US Senate - Join Us in the Londonderry Old Home Day Parade  

 
 

We will be marching this Saturday in the Londonderry Old Home Day Parade!

It will be a fun time and your support is critical to having a nice crowd walk with us. This is the largest parade in the state with approximately 10,000 spectators. It is a family friendly event, bring the kids, bring your friends. Anyone who marchs with us will receive a Jim Rubens for US Senate shirt.

The parade begins promptly at 10:30 am, leaving from Londonderry Middle School and ending at Mack's Apples.

This parade is rain or shine and we look forward to seeing you there! Let us know you are coming by sending an e-mail to rich@jimrubens.com