Mar 12, 2015 4:57 PM
CONCORD - Congressman Frank Guinta, R-NH, told NH1 News he fully intends to run for re-election in 2016 and dismissed encouragement he look at running for governor.
During a wide-ranging interview at NH1 News studios, Guinta revealed he sent a letter to President Obama outlining his concerns with ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
The First District congressman also faulted his own party and House leadership for not doing a good enough job marketing to the American people their reluctance to pass open-ended federal spending bills.
Guinta predicted the Congress will act responsibly days after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the federal government will run out of money later this month and Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling.
Last November, Guinta won his three-peat matchup with Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, denying her bid for a third term.
Shea-Porter had ousted Guinta from office two years earlier.
Some prominent Republicans have encouraged Guinta to keep his options open about a run for governor in 2016 particularly if two-term incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan leaves t the seat to run for the US Senate.
"Right now I'm focused 100 percent on being a member of Congress. I have every intention of running for re-election,'' Guinta said.
"I want people to know I am focused on really delivering for the people of New Hampshire.''
Guinta praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear talks with Iran but said he took a different tact than Republican senators who released a stern warning to Iranian leaders.
Recently, Guinta said he sent a letter to Obama spelling out his concerns with ongoing talks Secretary of State John Kerry is having with Iranian negotiators in Paris.
"Iran has to be stopped,'' Guinta said. "We have to be leaders in the world as the world's super power and I fear as many do that the President is taking steps that doesn't clearly articulate the challenges we have with Iran and if we allow Iran any wiggle room believe me, they will take that wiggle room and they will run with it.''
Guinta would not confirm he will definitely vote in favor of raising the federal debt ceiling but predicted the Republican-controlled Congress will not a crisis to occur that again could hurt the GOP brand with the American people.
"We have to make sure we are proactive, we are aggressive and we are putting together in the House a responsible package that we can pass to the Senate,'' Guinta said.
"To be determined what that looks like.''
Guinta is a hot property when it comes to the Republicans who want to seek the White House in 2016.
He says he hasn't decided if he will endorse someone but knows what he is looking for in a candidate.
"I want to see the next president and someone who has the capability of winning New Hampshire who has a vision for America that is upward mobility for all, that brings people together, that allows the opportunity for economic growth.''
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