4th of July politics: Hassan accuses his GOP challengers of battlefield New Hampshire ‘extreme adversaries’

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Specific: Amherst, New Hampshire — Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan said July 4 is “a great day to celebrate our freedom, our liberties, and the equality that Americans have, that love of freedom and the love of country.”

But Independence Day is also a great day for politicians to campaign.

and Hassan, a former governor and first-time senator, who is being targeted by Republicans as he faces a potentially challenging reelection this year. Battlefield State of New Hampshire, She was in campaign mode while speaking with Fox News ahead of the July 4th annual parade in the picturesque town of Amherst.

Pointing to a crowded field of Republicans running for their party’s nomination hoping to compete with Hassan in mid-term elections in NovemberThe senator alleged that “I have a bunch of really extreme opponents. Whoever emerges as the nominee in this primary, that extreme, is going to be the rubber stamp.” [Senate GOP leader] Mitch McConnell.”

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Democrats face historic hurdles and rising gas prices, record inflation and an extremely difficult political climate President Biden’s underwater approval rating, As they try to hang onto their razor-thin majority in the Senate and House of Representatives in November.

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire at the annual Independence Day parade in Amherst on July 4, 2022.
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But Democratic strategists see a silver lining in the seismic reversal of the historic Roe v. Wade. Supreme Court’s conservative majority and returning the issue of legalized abortion to state legislatures. It could give Democrats a chance to change the campaign conversation, energize their progressive base, and win back key female and suburban voters who helped Democrats win back the House in 2018 but in some 2020 congressional contests and more. Again seen crossing party lines in the GOP. Victory in elections in Virginia and New Jersey last November.

“The Supreme Court ruling pushed us backwards. Now, women are second-class citizens again in the United States because this fundamental freedom has been taken away from us. It’s important for people to understand that Mitch McConnell and my adversaries want to pass national abortion banHassan alleged in a national exclusive interview with Fox News. “We can’t let that happen and people need to vote for pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot.”

Hassan highlights his effort to reduce gas prices

While abortion as an issue is on the rise in the mid-term, polls show that inflation and gas prices remain top concerns for voters.

Hassan of Arizona and fellow first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who also comes from a key general election battlefield that also faces a challenging reelection, called for a temporary repeal of the federal gas tax in February. Co-authored a bill to help consumers cope. with skyrocketing prices at the pump,

While the president is now in support of the idea, his bill still faces obstacles in Congress.

“We need to lower gas prices. People are really feeling hurt at the pump. I want to suspend the gas tax for at least the rest of the year. I’m glad the president has come on board. I insist Will keep giving for that. And also holding big oil accountable because they’re making record profits while they’re still keeping prices really high,” Hassan insisted.

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While some congressional leaders from both parties are opposed to the bill, Hassan took aim at Republicans.

“Republicans are blocking any vote on this in Congress. We need them to stop doing this and I’ll keep pushing for it. Most Americans think it’s a really sensible thing to do. And a little help from that.” Will get a little more money back in people’s pockets at a time when other costs are also high,” she reasoned.

New Hampshire State Senate President Chuck Morse, who is running for the GOP US Senate nomination, marches at the annual Amherst, New Hampshire, Independence Day parade on July 4, 2022.

New Hampshire State Senate President Chuck Morse, who is running for the GOP US Senate nomination, marches at the annual Amherst, New Hampshire, Independence Day parade on July 4, 2022.
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Two major Republican candidates running for Senate also marched in Monday’s parade.

“I think it’s pretty clear — the average person is right now — what they’re paying to buy their groceries for this holiday weekend or the fuel they’re putting in the car so they can go to the cookout. They know it. They know what’s going on. They know we’re headed in the wrong direction,” New Hampshire State Senate President Chuck Morse told Fox News.

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“I think he has a lot to explain,” Morse, who owns a small business, said of Hassan. “We’re definitely going to make it clear that Sen. Hassan is not doing his job.”

And Kevin Smith, the town manager for New Hampshire, east of Londonderry, emphasized that “at the end of the day, people are going to the voting booth, voting with their wallets. And when they pay $5 for gas.” When they’re paying more than $6 per gallon for household heating oil. When they’re paying a hefty price tag on the grocery story – those are the issues they’re going to vote on because they go to that ballot box.”

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And Smith claimed that “I’m the only one — not Maggie Hassan — who has a plan to fix those issues.”

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Smith marches at the annual Amherst, New Hampshire Independence Day parade on July 4, 2022.

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Smith marches at the annual Amherst, New Hampshire Independence Day parade on July 4, 2022.
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While New Hampshire held the first presidential primary in the nomination calendar for a century, it is one of the last in the state’s primary schedule.

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While Hassan remains focused on the general election – she faces a little-known primary challenge – and continues to build an impressive campaign war chest – the GOP will not have a Senate candidate until the September 13 primary – which is two months away. removed in less time. November election.