Apr 13, 2015 10:33 AM

NH1 Political Pulse: Kuster says she expects to seek re-election

Source: NH1 Political Pulse - NH1.com

CONCORD - Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH, said she's keeping an open mind about future support of the Northern Pass project.

Kuster stressed the public needs more time to offer comment on a draft environmental impact statement for this project to bring hydropower from Quebec through a network of high transmission power lines.

As for her own plans for 2016, Kuster told NH1 News she expects to be running for her seat again next year and not seek another office.

Some Democrats have promoted Kuster as a quality nominee for governor should Gov. Maggie Hassan decide to run for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.

"I think Governor Hassan would be a terrific candidate for Senate if she decides to do it,'' Kuster said.

On other issues, the two-term, Second Congressional District representative said she remains hopeful that this session of Congress will offer more opportunities for bipartisan cooperation.

Kuster helped create a caucus on Capitol Hill of Democratic and Republican members to meet on key topics and try to find common ground.

Asked about the leadership of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Kuster said the top House Democrat helped broker big deals on a budget for homeland security and a fix to Medicare to raise rates paid to physicians.

Kuster said she has no plans to endorse any candidate soon for president including Hillary Clinton who announced Sunday she's in the hunt.

"I fully expect to be an ambassador for the first-in-the-nation primary,'' Kuster said.


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