First on CNN: New video ties Shaheen to President Obama
March 24th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
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First on CNN: New video ties Shaheen to President Obama

(CNN) - The New Hampshire Republican Party is going up with a new web video that links Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to President Barack Obama and to the federal health care law.

The Monday release of the video comes on the same day that Shaheen's campaign went up with a radio ad critical of former Sen. Scott Brown of neighboring Massachusetts, who's now taken a key step towards challenging Shaheen.

The video by the New Hampshire GOP questions whether Shaheen, who's up for re-election this year, will ask the President to campaign with her. It uses a clip of the senator saying "we don't know if he'll come here or not," after being asked if she would like Obama to join her in the Granite State. And it also claims that "Shaheen votes with Obama 99 percent of the time."

Last week, in an interview with New England Cable News, the President praised Shaheen, who could face a tough race this year if Brown formally jumps into the New Hampshire race and wins the GOP Senate nomination. Brown, who moved north to the Granite State last year, recently announced an exploratory committee, an important step towards launching a bid.

The New Hampshire GOP's release of the video comes one day before Vice President Joe Biden visits the state, for an event on workforce development and job training. The Vice President will be joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at NH Works, an on-the-job training program that works with 170 businesses statewide.

A Shaheen aide tells CNN that some votes on Ukraine and a hearing of the appropriations subcommittee, which she chairs, will keep the senator in Washington Tuesday as the Vice President heads to New Hampshire.

Republicans are trying to tie Shaheen to Obama.

"With Vice President Biden in town tomorrow, I'm looking forward to Senator Shaheen explaining to the people of New Hampshire she has voted for the Obama-Biden agenda 99 percent of the time, and invite her to bring both Biden and President Obama back many, many more times between now and November," said NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn, in a statement.

Then-Sen. Obama won New Hampshire, which is considered a battleground state, by nine percentage points in his 2008 presidential election, and carried the state by six points in his 2012 re-election. The President made five campaign stops in the Granite State during the 2012 election cycle, according to an unofficial count by CNN. But the President's current approval rating in the state stood at 40% in a recent Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll and at 31% in an American Research Group survey.

If Brown ends up winning the party's September primary, it could expand the map for Republicans. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like New Hampshire.

But the Suffolk University and ARG polls indicate Shaheen has a double digit lead over Brown in a general election showdown. According to the ARG survey, 50% of Granite State registered voters say they would support Shaheen, with 38% backing Brown and 12% undecided. And Shaheen had a 52%-39% lead among New Hampshire voters in the Suffolk University poll.

New Shaheen radio ad spotlights pledge

As the state GOP was putting out their video, Shaheen's campaign was launching a radio ad that attacks Brown for not signing a pledge to keep outside money out of the Senate race.

"Scott Brown's changed more than his address," says the announcer in the spot, which then uses a clip of then-Sen. Brown of Massachusetts touting a pledge he signed with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in his 2012 campaign. Brown ended up losing his bid for re-election in the Bay State.

Democrats are now criticizing Brown for refusing to sign a similar pledge.

"Not long ago, Scott Brown said he was 'really disgusted' with SuperPAC ads. Now Scott Brown won't sign his own pledge to stop them. Maybe it's because Big Oil and Wall Street want to buy him a Senate seat."

A Democratic source with knowledge of the radio commercial describes the ad buy as significant.

Brown quickly reacted to the new Shaheen spot, saying  "It's disappointing that Senator Shaheen's first ad of the campaign is a negative ad attacking me."

Brown won't sign the new pledge, saying it comes too late because outside groups have already spent big bucks on the race.


Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. wendel

    democrats just get out and vote

    March 24, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. rs

    Lets play choice.
    You can vote for the party that supports the ACA, a program that has enrolled more than 5 million Americans an is well on its way to top 6 million. Such enrollees now have affordable health insurance, that cannot drop them, limit their coverage or bar pre-existing conditions- many for the first time in their lives.
    Or, you can vote for the other party, the party of carpetbaggers like Scott (or Ms. Cheney), whose solution to rapidly rising health care costs and rising numbers of Americans without health care insurance is to strip away state Medicaid programs (throwing more millions of Americans out of our health care system, and prescribing "die fast" as a solution.
    Who would you pick?

    March 24, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    All Dems have been coerced into supporting everything Obama does.
    ______________________
    And members of the TEA Party can't go to the bathroom without permission from the Koch brothers. Really? The ideological "purity party" is loaded with free men and free thinkers? That's a laugh.

    March 24, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Republicans, have politicized everything to the point that people are afraid to talk to each other. If they see or hear of any person having any kind of conversation, or social intercourse they go ballistic. It's sickening to watch and even more despicable to have it flaunted back and forth in the media, day in and day out.

    March 24, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Downhill We Go

    For the sake of the country, the Senate/House needs to be controlled by the GOP. It worked well under Clinton, as he shifted to the center. The country cannot be ran under progressive/liberal ideology, nor can it be run under full conservative ideology. I'm conservative...but I understand in today's America, we are getting nowhere, and we all suffer (well, maybe not the politicians). So, common logic is to shift to the center. Clinton was pulling us hard left and failing..then shifted to the center (had to) and we self-corrected. This is where we operate and function the best. It's been proven. Obama has failed miserably trying to make this country progressive and he has failed miserably at negotiating, domestically and internationally. If I'm willing to give up some of my right-leaning beliefs, those on the left should be willing to do the same...it just ain't happening though from the "party of tolerance and acceptance".

    March 24, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. J Anthony

    God this is pathetic. I really hope some genuine of-the-people candidates start popping up asap. If not i'll have to run myself by 2016. We can't abide this any longer.

    March 24, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "With Vice President Biden in town tomorrow, I'm looking forward to Senator Shaheen explaining to the people of New Hampshire she has voted for the Obama-Biden agenda 99 percent of the time, and invite her to bring both Biden and President Obama back many, many more times between now and November," said NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn, in a statement.

    She went on to say, george w. bush and dick cheney will be arriving in the state tomorrow to openly campaign for scott brown (not really, she wouldn't say this because no one, not one republicant wants anything to do with these two war criminals).
    I'm confident the voters in New Hampshire are NOT going to vote in some guy who got kicked out by the Mass. voters w/o even serving a full term, who came in and rented a room at the Holiday Inn Express.
    They aren't as ignorant as the republicants think Americans are...

    March 24, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. rs

    Downhill We Go

    For the sake of the country, the Senate/House needs to be controlled by the GOP. It worked well under Clinton, as he shifted to the center.
    ____________________________
    Right up to the point they tried to impeach him (for the very same offense Speaker Gingrich committed).
    Dream on.

    March 24, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. rs

    The country cannot be ran under progressive/liberal ideology, nor can it be run under full conservative ideology.
    ____________________________________
    No such thing is happening. Mr. Obama is a centrist, NOT a Leftist- and the GOP meanwhile is plowing out-of-control ever more Rightward. Electing the GOP now would simply put us on a march to some sort of unholy theocratic totalitarian nightmare.
    Vote American, vote Democratic.

    March 24, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Is former Sen. Scott Brown still driving around in that old pick up truck he uses as a prop to look like a regular country guy ?

    March 24, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Arguing with GOP backed Fox garbage is waste of time. Just get out and vote straight Democratic ticket. God bless!!! This nation.

    March 24, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Downhill We Go

    RS

    Right up to the point they tried to impeach him (for the very same offense Speaker Gingrich committed).
    Dream on.

    --------

    Gingrich should have been held accountable, so should have Clinton. I never said anything about their personal "habits". I'm just pointing out that politically when Clinton shifted to the center, we prospered (compared to today under Obama). That's all. Obama must do the same...we cannot afford this current trend. Obama has done nothing but talk a good game and introduced failed political experiments. That's why we have built in checks-and-balances in our system...unfortunately those have turned into stalemates. Reid has refused to even look at a Bill from the House, nevermind floor it for a vote. And the House believes that the ACA has a chance for repeal and moved Bills to do so, and when a legit Bill gets moved to the Senate it gets lost in the shuffle. Nothing is getting done. The politicians pointing fingers, hate speeches, and accusations are only hurting us...and it's also fulling us. I cannot remember a point in my life where the people were this divided. It's a shame. I took the oath to defend this nation and wore the uniform to do so...and its sad to see the nation in this state. And one other thing (and I know you didn't call me this, but it does bug me in general)...just because a person doesn't agree with the POTUS's policies, it doesn't make us racist. Some of my best friends in the military where minorities, and I still stay in touch with them to this day many years after.

    March 24, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. wise guy

    Down hill, you completely underestimate the gop real goals, wheni think of bachman saying were going to shut down the government, then jump for joy, claiming responsibility after it does, then the loser who berated the park worker, can't tolerate that kind of garbage, just one example.

    March 24, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Downhill wrote:

    Gingrich should have been held accountable, so should have Clinton. I never said anything about their personal "habits". I'm just pointing out that politically when Clinton shifted to the center, we prospered (compared to today under Obama). That's all. Obama must do the same...we cannot afford this current trend. Obama has done nothing but talk a good game and introduced failed political experiments. .... .... ....
    ---------------------
    Pres. Obama has been pretty much in the center. The Republicans and conservatives have moved so far to the right that even the center looks like the extreme left. Name one example of extreme left legislation from Pres. Obama. BTW, PLEASE DO say "Obamacare" because Republicans pushed for similar legislation under Clinton. Because when you do, you will be calling conservative policies from a decade ago far left of center, and then you will only prove my point regarding how extreme the right has become.

    March 24, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Lolo

    GOP/TP please keep throwing out your hatred. The rest of America please wake up and go vote.

    March 24, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    Aw, Gee,
    Around and around and around we go, where we stop nobody know. Now old Gunderson no understand why many of you want the Government, "lYING, THEIVING, Politicians to float your boat, keep you in chips, fund your life" That's what you have had the last 100 years. Sorry after 100 years nothing any better than the 1930's. Trillions in debt, millions on food stamps, Liberal's still pushing never ending unemployment payments, etc. Why all you smart cookies everything no better than 1930's. Oh, note of explanation. You ain't seen nothing yet. More to come. The Republican plan, the best plan is for you to do it yourself. The Liberal plan is what you have today. Hope you have good retirement plan.

    March 24, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. rs

    Downhill We Go

    RS

    Right up to the point they tried to impeach him (for the very same offense Speaker Gingrich committed).
    Dream on.

    --–

    Gingrich should have been held accountable, so should have Clinton. I never said anything about their personal "habits". I'm just pointing out that politically when Clinton shifted to the center, we prospered (compared to today under Obama). That's all. Obama must do the same...we cannot afford this current trend. Obama has done nothing but talk a good game and introduced failed political experiments. That's why we have built in checks-and-balances in our system...unfortunately those have turned into stalemates. Reid has refused to even look at a Bill from the House, nevermind floor it for a vote. And the House believes that the ACA has a chance for repeal and moved Bills to do so, and when a legit Bill gets moved to the Senate it gets lost in the shuffle. Nothing is getting done. The politicians pointing fingers, hate speeches, and accusations are only hurting us...and it's also fulling us. I cannot remember a point in my life where the people were this divided. It's a shame. I took the oath to defend this nation and wore the uniform to do so...and its sad to see the nation in this state. And one other thing (and I know you didn't call me this, but it does bug me in general)...just because a person doesn't agree with the POTUS's policies, it doesn't make us racist. Some of my best friends in the military where minorities, and I still stay in touch with them to this day many years after.
    ______________________________
    The notion that Clinton moved to the center may be perception, I've always thought of him as being a centrist- much as Obama has. The problem is the moving target of the Right. As to the difference in prosperity between Clinton and Obama, the Crash of '08 and Republican inaction has to be factored in. Certainly that has to be a red flag for thinking the GOP is the fix for our economic situation. They made the crash, and they have done nothing to fix it.

    March 24, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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