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Shaheen campaign airs fifth TV ad

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is up with another television ad, this one focusing on her efforts to help college graduates refinance their student loans.

This is Shaheen’s fifth television ad in her campaign for re-election. The other four ads focused on her efforts to help small businesses and bring a veterans clinic to Keene, as well as New Hampshire projects she’s helped secure money for and her work to help a constituent facing a home mortgage issue. This is the first ad in which Shaheen speaks directly to the camera; the other four ads featured testimonials about Shaheen’s work from others. The ad will air on WMUR for the next week as a cost of roughly $50,000, according to WMUR’s public file.

In the ad, Shaheen talks about the high student debt New Hampshire students graduate with – an average of $33,000 per student. Shaheen co-sponsored a bill in the U.S. Senate that would’ve allowed qualifying graduates to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates. The bill did not have enough votes to pass the Senate.

“But right now, our students can’t refinance their loans the way you can refinance a car loan or a mortgage,” Shaheen says in the ad. “I want to change that. I am fighting for a bill to allow students to refinance their loans. It will lower rates and save families thousands of dollars.”

Earlier this year, Shaheen also introduced a bill that would create a system for students to see their public and private loans in one place. She also voted for a bill that kept interest rates on federal student loans from doubling last year. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, also supported that bill.

Shaheen will face either Scott Brown, Jim Rubens or Bob Smith in the Nov. 4 election.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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