Border crisis front and center in important Senate race
July 28th, 2014
10:13 AM ET
2 months ago

Border crisis front and center in important Senate race

(CNN) - The border crisis is moving from the headlines to the campaign air wars.

Senate candidate Scott Brown is going up with a new television commercial that links Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire to President Barack Obama over the crisis along the nation's southern border.

Talking to camera in the ad, Brown says "Americans go through security before they get on a plane, enter a government building, or attend a ball game. But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That's wrong. Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it's time for us to secure the border once and for all."

The Brown campaign says it's spending six-figures to run the spot for a week on WMUR and WBIN, the two commercial television stations in the Granite State, and on cable TV. The campaign also says Brown's the first Senate candidate in the country to run a TV ad over the border crisis.

The influx of Central American children trying to cross the southern border, many of them unaccompanied, has been a major media story over the past month and a half. The White House and many Democrats have clashed with Republicans in Congress and governors over who is to blame and what should be done about it.

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The surge appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according a CNN/ORC International poll.

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The poll, released last week, indicates that 51% now say the government's focus, when it comes to immigration policy, should be formulating a plan to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Forty-five percent say the top priority should be developing a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants who have jobs to become legal residents. That's a change from February, when Americans said 54%-41% that legal status trumped border security.

More than three-quarters of Republicans questioned in the survey say beefing up the border trumps legal status for the undocumented. And those are the voters Brown is trying to rally.

Brown, a former senator from neighboring Massachusetts, sold his home in the Bay State late last year and moved his residency north to New Hampshire, where he owed a vacation home and where he spent much of his childhood. In April he formally launched his Senate bid in New Hampshire.

According to the most recent poll, Brown is the overwhelming favorite to win the September 9 GOP Senate primary over former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens. But the same NBC News/Marist survey also indicates Brown trailing by eight percentage points in a November showdown to Shaheen, who also served for six years as the state's governor.

"Even republicans recognize that Scott Brown's campaign is failing to gain traction and this negative ad reeks of desperation. Scott Brown knows both Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain, in response to the spot.

The commercial is Brown's fifth since he launched his bid in the spring. But it's the first one to focus entirely on one issue and not include any part of Brown's biography.

Brown's been trying to raise his profile in the state since moving from Massachusetts late late year. Shaheen, who is well known in New Hampshire, has not had to tout her biography in her campaign commercials.

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Democrats have a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like New Hampshire.


Filed under: 2014 • Immigration • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • Scott Brown
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Even republicans recognize that Scott Brown's campaign is failing to gain traction and this negative ad reeks of desperation."

    Desperation? Yeah ... I agree.

    July 28, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Lizzie

    Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain,
    --democrats promised 30 years ago to close the border.

    July 28, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. O'drama ya Mama

    "Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands."

    Which policies are those exactly? There is only 1 policy on the books causing this and it was not enacted by this President.

    July 28, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. OBAMA - THE OPEN BORDERS PRESIDENT

    "The poll, released last week, indicates that 51% now say the government's focus, when it comes to immigration policy, should be formulating a plan to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants."

    People are starting to recognize democrats are not interested in stopping the flow so candidates should be running these ads in every race.

    July 28, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Chris..E.al

    The government checks us out if we fly on airlines but if you are a illegal you just hop swim or pay to cross? Just think about the 1.s that dont want 2 get caught? That is just brainless and very dangerous right ?

    July 28, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain,
    –democrats promised 30 years ago to close the border."

    Don't you mean "Benghazi Benghazi BENGHZI!!!!!!"? Besides, what does your assertion have to do with anything? They passed a bill NOW and it greatly increases border security, doubling troops, funding all sorts of tech and even giving the red border states their wish with a $3B fence. What is your SUBSTANTIVE argument against passing that bill or at least allowing it to be voted upon in the House? Hmmm? That is provides for undocumented immigrants paying all their back taxes and fines and going through a THIRTEEN year process if they wish to become citizens? Is that your beef with it? All that translates to is your butthurt that those people might become Dem voters THIRTEEN years from now....otherwise, the GOP/Teatrolls would vote 50 times a week to pass it.

    July 28, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    @Lizzie, are you playing politics? This is exactly what your republicans want. Right? Then why making this hullabaloo? Nonsense. I rather vote for Jeanne Shaheen than that republican guy. True. In fact, learn, this nation is severely messed by republican nonsense., they know Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, instead these republicans poured 30 billion dollars to Pakistan for keeping him hidden. Whether you believe or not–it is true.

    July 28, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Talking to camera in the ad, Brown says "Americans go through security before they get on a plane, enter a government building, or attend a ball game. But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That's wrong. ... ..."
    ---------------------------------–
    Brown is being a typical conservative. He's suggesting that people are crossing the border without going through some sort of security after they surrender. That is simply outright false. If Republicans want to run on an anti-immigration platform, I ain't stopping them. I like to hear them make foolish statements to their base. It shows just how gullible the right wing base must be in order to buy into arguments like Brown's.

    July 28, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Lizzie, and who was president 30 years ago? Was it a Democrat, and we all missed how Walter Mondale actually won in 1984, or was it the patron Saint of Conservatism, who had a GOP Senate throughout much of his presidency, and a working relationship with Tip O'Neill? Back then, the GOP was convinced that the Sandinistas would mount an assault on our southern border because Harlingen TX was only 36 hours from Managua. Don't re-write history because of the Right's failures on immigration.

    July 28, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Wayne

    @Gurgyl That is all conspiracy theory. You have no proof that the US paid to keep Bin Laden hidden. Stick to the facts, and you won't sound like a left-wing loon.

    July 28, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Tom

    Yes, someone should stop a failed politician from Massachusetts from crossing the boarder to run for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.

    July 28, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. mr. obvious

    All the while completely ignoring the fact that because of George w bush, we can't send them back, that's the simple truth you won't hear on fox . And if he deported them right now, after continued calls from the gop yo do so, would immediately be called out on sending helpless kids home to die, their perfect loose loose situation for Obama, there is no way in hell they will do anything to change that. That's why you could give them everything they asked for in a bill,, it just won't happen.

    July 28, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    B says:
    July 28, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am
    women and monorites are the death of americva. our foref athers had it right. take away their voting rights until they prove themselves knowlageable and having any stake in the game. the women sit home while their husbands make the money and same with the blacks and other minorities. sit home and vote for for more free stuff. we need shiara law to put women in burkas and in the home locked up.

    Typical uneducated GOP voter.... If you check you might find out that the melanin challenged are getting more free stuff than blacks. Heck check your own wallet. You know you have an EBT card.

    July 28, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    Lizzie writes: "–democrats promised 30 years ago to close the border."

    Was this when ronald reagan granted amnesty to all illiegal immigrants in the country?
    Maybe I'm just not with all this (or it could be you...), but didn't bush and his cronies have charge of the country in that 30 year period you are throwing out there? Is there a reason they didn't fix this, since it appears all the righties have jumped on this immigration bandwagon all of the sudden (just like they did the 'failure' of the ACA, benghazi, irs, benghazi, iran, syria, benghazi, russia invading crimea, benghazi, irs, blah blah blah...)?!?
    Why was immigration not a problem under bush, and people dying overseas in attack on our embassies under bush, and the deficits/debt under bush, and the torture under bush, and the russians taking Georgia under bush and n. korea getting a nuclear weapon under bush and ALL these same problems you cry about on here all the time NOT a problem under bush?
    No, it isn;t me... it is definitely you...

    July 28, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. just a thought

    I bet even the Republicans are surprised at how much they are able to take away from the people, simply by scaring them into thinking the world as they know it will end if blacks and minorities have political power. Its funny, they've told you their plans for tax reform, hear them beating the war drums, yet can't equate that to the disaster that really changed their lives, intriguing, and sad at the same time.

    July 28, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Wayne says:
    July 28, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am
    @Gurgyl That is all conspiracy theory. You have no proof that the US paid to keep Bin Laden hidden. Stick to the facts, and you won’t sound like a left-wing loon.

    There might not be proof, but he was there hiding in plain sight. And the Pakistani's were livid about the secret mission that took him out. After invading the wrong country, two useless wars, no WMD's anything is possible when it comes to the republicans. I agree with Gurgyl on this.

    July 28, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    Some politicians would throw kids under a moving bus AND claim to be followers of the Words of Jesus Christ as found in the Four Gospels at the same time !!

    July 28, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    @Wayne
    "@Gurgyl That is all conspiracy theory. You have no proof that the US paid to keep Bin Laden hidden. Stick to the facts, and you won't sound like a left-wing loon."

    Whoa there, Wayne! Since when did anyone need any facts to accuse the other side of something? At least Gurgyl is just posting on a site... derwood issa and his keystone committee spends millions of our taxpayer dollars on 'investigations' based on right wing nut job conspiaracy theories and then goes on faux news to lie to the rubes dumb enough to get their 'news' there about the 'actual' facts. Ex: he (and other republicant tools) led faux news viewers to believe there was an order that came down from SoS Clinton and/or President Obama standing down any rescue missions, when overwhelming testimony from the military brass indicated this was not true. issa initally kept that testimony from being released, told faux news and their viewers lies for weeks until this came out.
    Apology for a mistake from issa? No way... he meant to do it, did it on purpose, and now faux viewers believe this to be true... just like a large portion of them still believe saddam hussein was behind 9-11.
    So, please... let Gurgyl post his 'facts' because the right wing loons on here post their 'facts' on here daily and some of them have have nothing whatsoever to do with any semblance of reality...

    July 28, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. J Anthony

    All that $ for lies intended to rabble-rouse and get votes.....the Brown guy is a tool. There can be no honest discussion on this topic without addressing root-causes, which few have done so far...

    July 28, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. yolanda

    @Real, the 2008 immigration law (Wilberforce) was passed unanimously by both houses....one of the few truly bipartisan efforts in recent history.

    July 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    The immigration issue is one that is eventually going to turn Americans against Obama. I am certain of that. Even the liberals are going to tire, of allowing illegals to take over America, and totally change its culture.

    July 28, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. smith

    Gurgyl says the GOP wanted to keep Bin Laden hidden..Hmm, what good would come out of keeping him hidden? How would that have helped GWB or even Obama? (Dumb, Dumb, Dumb)

    July 28, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    B says:
    July 28, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am
    women and monorites are the death of americva. our foref athers had it right. take away their voting rights until they prove themselves knowlageable and having any stake in the game. the women sit home while their husbands make the money and same with the blacks and other minorities. sit home and vote for for more free stuff. we need shiara law to put women in burkas and in the home locked up.

    Typical uneducated GOP voter.... If you check you might find out that the melanin challenged are getting more free stuff than blacks. Heck check your own wallet. You know you have an EBT card.
    ------–
    If you checked your facts, you would find that approximately 1 in 14 melanin challenged are on welfare whereas the number is 1 in 6 for the non-melanin challenged. You can find this information on the department of health and human services website.

    July 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Bill

    Brown will be rejected at the polls in November. End of story.

    July 28, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. The REAL Truth...

    I keep hearing the right wing yell and scream about "closing the border !!!!" What exactly does that mean other than parroted talking points??

    Truth is, we ARE mostly sealing it for illegals! More Mexicans are leaving than arriving and we are apprehending those from Central America (57,000+) and processing them per that infamous Bush-era anti-trafficking law.
    If the border was as porous as the GOP claims, these folks would be able to walk right on up to Canada!

    It IS an election year, and given the GOP have tried every of method to "get Obama" (Issa's still batting 0-15), immigration seems to be a safe bet... and they will ride this for all it's worth, because nothing gets their base fired up more than the idea of some illiterate-brown-illegal coming into their town and taking a job they didn't want to do for less money that they would have...

    July 28, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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