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Steinhauser: Rubens blames Clinton for Brussels attacks; Buckley says that's typical for GOP

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CONCORD – New Hampshire’s Democratic Party chairman says controversial comments regarding Hillary Clinton from a Republican former state senator who’s primary challenging U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte are more proof that the GOP base likes to “blame everything on either President Obama or Secretary Clinton.”

In the wake of Tuesday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels, former state Sen. Jim Rubens placed blame for the violence on Clinton, the former secretary of state who’s now the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Against unambiguous prior warning by our military leaders, Hillary Clinton led the charge on military intervention in Libya and funding, training, and arming the rebel groups that became ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” Rubens said in a statement. “This failed strategy resulted in ISIS now being operational in eight countries and has increased chaos throughout the Middle East. The strategy is a direct cause of this morning’s horror in Belgium.”

Rubens recently announced a long shot primary bid against Ayotte, the first term Republican senator who’s also facing a general election Democratic challenge from Gov. Maggie Hassan. The race is one of the most high profile, expensive and negative Senate battles in the country this year, and could be instrumental in deciding whether the GOP keeps control of the chamber.

Watch/Read: Rubens tells NH1 News he's the 'conservative alternative'

Asked Wednesday by NH1 News about Rubens comments, NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley said “there’s great interest within the base vote to blame everything on either President Obama or Secretary Clinton. So that’s probably an effective way of undercutting Sen. Ayotte in the primary.”

And Buckley predicted that Rubens poses a “serious threat to Sen. Ayotte in her re-election campaign and her not taking him very seriously could be very detrimental to her.”

Watch/Read: Gov. Hassan tells NH1 News state 'is in constant communication with FBI'


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