Sep 30, 2014 8:00 AM
NH GOP to Sen. Shaheen: Stop ducking business debates with Scott Brown
CONCORD - State Republican leaders condemned Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, for refusing to appear face-to-face with GOP Senate rival Scott Brown at debates before Nashua and Manchester business groups.
Veteran political reporter and author Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Media is moderating the events where Shaheen and Brown will appear separately before the Greater Nashua and Manchester Chambers of Commerce.
Senator Shaheen is refusing to appear on stage on with Scott Brown at this critical debate because she is unable to defend her record of voting with President Obama 99% of the time," GOP State Chairman Jennifer Horn of Nashua said in a statement.
"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."
The Shaheen campaign has said it's already agreed to three televised debates with Brown next month including an Oct. 23 encounter that NH 1 is co-sponsoring and simulcasting on CNN.
"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," Nashua Chamber President Chris Williams said in a statement.
Brown went to Franklin Pierce University in Rindge Monday and criticized Shaheen's refusal to appear there for a joint forum.
Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein and Governor Maggie Hassan have agreed to seven debates.