Letter: Weighing Hassan vs. Ayotte

Last modified: 10/18/2015 8:51:02 AM
Gov. Hassan’s decision to challenge Kelly Ayotte for the U.S. Senate gives us two candidates with very different views of the issues affecting New Hampshire and the nation.

As governor, Hassan has worked hard for the families and businesses of New Hampshire. She has supported making college affordable by freezing tuition at state universities and cutting it at community colleges. She expanded health care access to more than 40,000 Granite Staters through Medicaid expansion, and she’s fought to protect women’s access to the medical and preventative care they need.

She’s made critical investments in our roads and bridges, including finishing the expansion of Interstate 93. Under Hassan’s leadership, our unemployment rate has dropped (at 3.6 percent) to the fourth lowest in the nation.

As for Ayotte, her record has not been particularly auspicious, at least from the perspective of the middle class. She’s voted to cut Pell Grants, which provide assistance for college tuition. This has adversely impacted thousands of Granite State students.

She has also voted several times to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health services to women, and wants to end traditional Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. She also would take health care away from 100,000 Granite Staters by overturning the ACA. All of this on top of protecting billions of dollars in special tax breaks for big oil companies and companies outsourcing jobs that support her.

The differences between Hassan and Ayotte are clear, and voters should keep them in mind as they consider who to vote for.

STEPHEN GORIN

Canterbury


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