Incumbent goes up on airways again in key Senate race
May 12th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
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Incumbent goes up on airways again in key Senate race

(CNN) - The Democratic incumbent in what's turning into a crucial Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber the next two years goes up Monday with the second television commercial of her re-election bid.

The ad, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, airs a month after her leading Republican challenger, former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, went up with his first paid spot.

In the 30-second spot, Adria Bagshaw, the vice president of a family owned small business in the Granite State, says that "we're a small family business and it's tough to compete. What really impresses me about Jeanne Shaheen is if we bring a problem to her she cares and she's gonna listen. In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen's helping small businesses export, get access to credit, and train the high-skill workers we need."

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Shaheen's campaign said the commercial will run for at least a week on WMUR, the main broadcast TV station in New Hampshire, as well as on cable throughout the Granite State.

As with Shaheen's first TV ad, which hit airwaves last week, the new spot stays positive and doesn't mention Brown or any of her other GOP challengers.

Brown's first spot

Scott's launched his first commercial just four days after formally announcing his campaign for Senate in New Hampshire. The 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.

His first ad was also positive, highlighting his listening tour throughout New Hampshire.

"Scott Brown has almost 300,000 miles on this truck," said the narrator in the spot. "Over the last few weeks it's taken him all across New Hampshire, listening, learning – and what he's learned is pretty simple: People want an America that leads the world again, a health care system that works for New Hampshire and more good jobs."

One day before Brown's retirement from the Army National Guard on Tuesday, his campaign released a new video that highlights the support for the candidate from a number of New Hampshire veterans.

Outside spending

To date, outside groups have been the biggest spenders in the Senate battle in New Hampshire.

Two of the biggest players when it comes to outside spending, Americans for Prosperity (which is backed by the big bucks of the billionaire industrialist Koch Brothers) and American Crossroads (which was co-founded by Karl Rove), have poured more than $1 million into the race, mostly to attack Shaheen for her support of the health care law.

And the Ending Spending Action Fund, a pro-Republican outside group, has also run ads in support of Brown and against Shaheen.

Meanwhile, the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC spent almost $200,000 to run ads supporting Shaheen.

Shaheen vs. Brown

The most recent public opinion survey in the race - a WMUR/University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll conducted last month - indicated Shaheen holding a 45%-39% advantage over Brown among likely voters in a potential general election matchup. Shaheen's six percentage point advantage was down from a 10 point lead in January. Fourteen percent were undecided in the survey.

The incumbent had a double digit advantage in two polls - Suffolk University/Boston Herald and American Research Group - conducted in late February and early March.

Brown joins three other Republicans who are running for their party's Senate nomination in New Hampshire: former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens, and conservative activist Karen Testerman. The winner of the September 9 primary will face off against Shaheen, who also served for six years as the state's governor.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    –Scott brown is a crazy guy, your are better off with Shaheen.

    May 12, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    You mean her first commercial isn't going to talk about Obamacare, her vote for it, and how she would do it again? SHOCKING!!

    May 12, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. just saying

    shaheen = obamacare lies... get rid of both new hampshire. shaheen lied to you and will continue to lie to you. she works for obama and the far left democrat party of liars, not you.

    May 12, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    An incumbent polling at 45% is not a good sign. That means she has lost independent voter support. The article indicates Brown gaining 4 points very quickly. Also not a good sign for Shaheen. Loks like another Obamacare liar is going down in NH. This is good for the country and holding politicans accountable for their statements.

    May 12, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Steve, New York City

    I do not have a strong view on either Jean Shaheen or Scott Brown . .helps that I don't live in New England.
    That being said, either one seems much more intelligent than Marco Rubio. I saw the latest comment from that dimwit about climate change. His comments look particularly stupid, as the very state he represents faces huge climate change threats. Yes – China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and others are also to blame - but the USA needs to show some leadership!

    May 12, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    A Small Business should not have to take a problem up to the Federal Government UNLESS, there were policies, laws put in place that caused problems that were failures in the first place. And in case there are problems that were put in place by the federal government, (i.e.) like Obama Care then they need to be fixed or sun setted. Now when does anyone expect that to be fixed??

    May 12, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. it must be said

    Steve, New York City
    Yes – China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and others are also to blame – but the USA needs to show some leadership!
    -–

    When it comes to destroying our economy and jobs, I'd rather we stick to the Obama doctrine of leading from WAY BEHIND. Let us know when the leading polluters are anywhere near where we are today and then we can talk. Until they come into line, unilaterally gutting our economy and jobs is pure insanity.

    May 12, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Say WHAT???

    WOW!! Look at all the employees in that place!!! It is a one man operation!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Is that guy her nephew?!!

    May 12, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    They set the economy on a flight path
    -

    Yes, they did! 50 consecutive months of healthy economic growth and low unemployment!! A glide path the Democrats quickly turned into a death spiral with their insane policies that continue to this very day.
    ==========================================================================
    Tommy, your facts are mixed up. The great recession was measured to have officially started in late 2007. The economy had been slowing down for two years prior to that, with the mortgage crisis coming into bloom in 2006. The market crash in 2008 was a result.

    No matter how much you want to blame Democrats and liberals for the economic downturn, the facts show that the recession began at the end of six years of Republicans running everything. Democrats were handed control yoke just as the economy nosedived.

    May 12, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    Dem non-attack ad vs. big Koch and Rove money in likely nasty ads. That sounds about like how the parties differ.

    May 12, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    You mean her first commercial isn't going to talk about Obamacare, her vote for it, and how she would do it again? SHOCKING!!
    ----------
    It is already a law and she is looking to the future. It is the GOP that constantly looks backwards with blame, fear and conspiracy theories.

    May 12, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    You mean her first commercial isn't going to talk about Obamacare, her vote for it, and how she would do it again? SHOCKING!!
    ----------------------------------–
    "Hodor."

    FIFY

    May 12, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. tom l

    Rudy,
    I'm completely shocked. You again posted something that didn't tell the whole story. You know that the awful recession that you talk about in 2008 officially ended in the middle of 2009, right?

    May 12, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. just asking

    don't worry.... obama will surely campaign for shaheen and tell everybody how much better off they are with obamacare.

    btw cnn, where is the ticker story about geithner's new book where he says the obama administration wanted him to lie on the sunday talk shows about social security adding to the deficits? sure trying to bury that story huh?

    May 12, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "A Small Business should not have to take a problem up to the Federal Government UNLESS, there were policies, laws put in place that caused problems that were failures in the first place."

    100% blatantly faulty "logic." Businesses face all kinds of problems, issues and situations all the time that have absolutely nothing to do with the regulations or other governmental policies they navigate on a daily basis. Your "reasoning" is so broken as to be almost funny.

    May 12, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Rudy,
    I'm completely shocked. You again posted something that didn't tell the whole story. You know that the awful recession that you talk about in 2008 officially ended in the middle of 2009, right?
    ----------------------------
    Yeah, I know. I didn't say it ended in 2008. I said that the it led to 2008 crash.
    I posted that out a thread or two ago, tom. Please try to keep up.

    May 12, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Tommy G

    tom l
    Rudy,
    I'm completely shocked. You again posted something that didn't tell the whole story. You know that the awful recession that you talk about in 2008 officially ended in the middle of 2009, right?
    -–

    Good catch! The recession ended FIVE YEARS AGO and yet still record unemployment thanks to Obama and the Democrats. Also note the recession officially ended BEFORE the trillion spent of the Porkulus Plan and all those non-existant shovel ready jobs helped put everybody back to work, NOT!

    Obama and the Democrats have proven they doin't have a CLUE about how to get this country back to work again. They have only proven they know how to grow government, fodd stamp rolls, disability roills, unemployment rolls, etc. And many on the left lament they they should have spent 3-4 TRILLION in borrowed money on Porkulus! Total insanity.

    May 12, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "They set the economy on a flight path
    -

    Yes, they did! 50 consecutive months of healthy economic growth and low unemployment!! A glide path the Democrats quickly turned into a death spiral with their insane policies that continue to this very day."
    ===

    Ok, Tommy G, let's hear it then: what economic policies were enacted by the Dems in 2007 and then signed by BUSH (which is who would have had to sign and enforce them at the time) that almost instantaneously caused the recession? Hmmm? You keep blabbering this insane talking point word salad about how the Dems caused the recession and all our problems are from the Dems taking control in January 2007, so back it up, champ. What facts do you rely on to support that proposition? Hmmm? "Rush Limbaugh told me so" is not a fact, in case you're wondering. Nor is it a fact that "blah blah Fannie and Freddie are the sole cause of all of it". Go ahead...back up your drivel with FACTS.

    May 12, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. just saying

    Silence DoGood
    It is already a law
    -–

    so wasn't prohibition, jim crowe, etc. a smart country learns from its mistakes and fixes them. obamacare will also be fixed, and not by the democrats, who have decreed no negotiations and no compromise. the american people will correct their mistake, and yours as well.

    May 12, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Maybe the recession "officially" ended in 2009, but it didn't for many out of work Americans. I was one I lost my job in Nov. 2008 and couldn't get another one until 2010. And to those that think people just didn't want to work. In the Spring of 2010 I went to work for the US Census, and thank God for that. I met a lady while working there who lost her job the same month that I did. Our stories were really alike. She was putting in applications everywhere for months, going online and applying but getting no feedback. She was so depressed because she lost her home and was on the way to losing her car which she needed to look for a job. I watched this poor lady withdraw daily with the fear of losing everything. She even thought about taking her own life. I talked to her constantly to try to let her know while these things were important nothing was more important than her life. I wonder what happened to her...

    And no she wasn't an inner city welfare queen, she was a white, educated suburbanite who couldn't find a job.

    So for those talking about when the recession officially ended, it didn't for many Americans. Many of us didn't find permanent full time jobs until 2011. I guess it takes time to trickle down....

    May 12, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    " The recession ended FIVE YEARS AGO and yet still record unemployment thanks to Obama and the Democrats."

    Name one thing the GOP/Teatrolls have enacted to do anything about it. No, tax cuts don't count...they don't create jobs and that ideological nonsense has been disproven 100 times over. No, destroying Medciare doesn't count. No, attacking SS doesn't count. No, voting 50+ times to try to repeal the ACA doesn't count,...and that's an especially big point, because the implementation of the ACA was phased and extensions were granted such that you can't blame continuing high unemployment and low economic activity on it. No, shutting down the gov't doesn't count. No, threatening to default on the nation's debts such that the nation's credit rating was downgraded doesn't count. No, attacking abortion and contraception don't count either. No, conducting witch-hunt investigations and show trials doesn't count. No, enacting a ridiculous budget that CBO says would actually increase the debts and deficits and then refusing to conference with the Senate on the budgets that each passed...that doesn't count either. So NAME IT. Name ONE piece of legislation that the House GOP/Teatrolls have initiated that has as it's specific focus increasing jobs AND WHICH WAS NOT LOADED DOWN WITH POISON PILLS FROM THE GOP/TEATROLLS' WISH LIST AGENDA. They're not making a good faith effort to do anything about jobs. In fact, they're not making ANY effort to do anything about jobs. The only effort they've been making for the past 6+ years is to try to precondition everything on them getting their way on things like abortion or the destruction of SS and Medicare. If they wanted to actually help, they'd just help and stop demanding blood sacrifices.

    May 12, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Tommy G

    Sniffit
    Ok, Tommy G, let's hear it then: what economic policies were enacted by the Dems in 2007 and then signed by BUSH (which is who would have had to sign and enforce them at the time) that almost instantaneously caused the recession?
    ---

    Better yet, how about you posting specifically what George Bush did to cause the recession? You and all the lefties have blamed him for it, yet provided not one shred of evidence or anything about what HE did to cause it? I mean other than happen to be in the Oval office when the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac driven real estate bubble burst.

    Government guaranteeing hundreds of billions of dollars of subprime mortgages! I mean what could possibly go wrong?!! Democrat Barney Frank sure thought it was a great idea and denied there was a problem. And if you opposed it, then you were just a racist or hated poor people and wanted to deny them the Amerrican dream.

    May 12, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "And many on the left lament they they should have spent 3-4 TRILLION in borrowed money on Porkulus!"

    You so consistently wrong on the facts, Tommy, that it's barely worth responding to you. Nobody wanted to spend that much on the Stimulus. Moreover, almost half the Stimulus was tax cuts. Funny how you ignore that little inconvenient fact, eh? Afraid to admit your precious tax cuts ideology didn't work? Really desperate to mischaracterize the entire Stimulus as just actual spending instead of "tax expenditures" in the form of cuts? Are you now going to claim it wasn't the "right kind" of tax cuts...that it should all have been focused tax cuts for the wealthy? What is it Tommy...you tell us...choose: you either didn't understand that it was almost half tax cuts OR you're dishonestly glossing over it in an attempt to mischaracterize the issue?

    May 12, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    tom l
    Rudy,
    I'm completely shocked. You again posted something that didn't tell the whole story. You know that the awful recession that you talk about in 2008 officially ended in the middle of 2009, right?
    -–

    Good catch! The recession ended FIVE YEARS AGO and yet still record unemployment thanks to Obama and the Democrats. Also note the recession officially ended BEFORE the trillion spent of the Porkulus Plan and all those non-existant shovel ready jobs helped put everybody back to work, NOT!
    --------------------------------
    You're demonstrating willful ignorance, "Tommy". You know very well that I posted that the Great Recession was measured to have officially begun in December 2007 and measured to have ended in June 2009.

    BTW, those measurements are not instantaneous, either. It a couple of quarters of economic decline or rise to make the determination as to when recessions begin and end. In other words, the determination that the recession ended in June 2009 means that the conclusion was made 6-12 months later AFTER seeing signs of economic growth and recovery during that period, which, by the way, was immediately after the Stimulus was signed and money began being distributed.

    May 12, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Bill

    Shaheen wins in November by a nose. End of story. Brown can carpetbag in Maine next time.

    May 12, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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