'Bring the Constitution Back': Candidate Blankenbeker on a Mission in NH's 2nd District
Nurse, veteran, mother, attorney and former New Hampshire legislator, Lynne Blankenbeker has worn many hats.
Now she's running for Congress as a Republican in New Hampshire's 2nd District.
Blankenbeker sat down with NH1.com on Wednesday to talk about why she is running, how she plans to work across the aisle and why her many roles gives her a different perspective from other candidates.
"I think that Congress has really lost sight of what their job is. The fact that we haven't had a balanced budget since 2006 — and that's one of Congresses primary jobs — let's me know that folks have sort of stepped away from the Constitution so what I'd really like to do is bring the Constitution back."
She said her military experience will allow her to do this and noted that the inability to agree on a budget is very costly.
"In the military, we're very mission oriented people, and I think we're people who have strong leadership. I think our strong leadership, our integrity in the military, we have an expectation to hold the highest standards, and then of course with our ability to be mission focused and get the job done.
"We won't have any more government shutdowns or any more continuing resolutions because those cost our country so much money. The last nine continuing resolutions cost the United States Navy alone $4 billion. Four billion of our taxpayer dollars. That's just money wasted away because they couldn't agree on a budget."
You can watch the full interview with Blankenbeker above.
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