The Hippo


May 31, 2020








Jeanne Shaheen

The facts on Jeanne Shaheen

Shaheen was born in St. Charles, Missouri. 
She lives in Madbury.
She is a graduate of Shippensburg University and earned a master’s degree from University of Mississippi. 
Before entering politics, she taught high school in Mississippi and New Hampshire and owned a small business.  
She is married to Bill Shaheen. They have three daughters. 
The facts on Scott Brown
Brown was born in Kittery, Maine.
He lives in Rye.
He is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School. 
Before entering politics, he was a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. 
He is married to Gail Huff. They have two daughters. 

New Hampshire’s U.S. senate race
5 Questions for the Candidates


Jeanne Shaheen -- Democrat

In one sentence, why are you running?
Because I think that New Hampshire needs a senator who is going  to put the people of New Hampshire first and going to get up every morning worrying about what we need to do for New Hampshire and how to address issues with the Constitution, both large and small, and that’s what I have been doing for the last six years, and will continue to do for Granite Staters.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Making a difference for the people of New Hampshire, but if I have to boil it down to one legislative accomplishment, I would say it is working to get health care close to home for our veterans. Senator Ayotte and I worked to get a provision in our veterans reform bill that allows any veteran in a state without a full-service veterans hospital, and that includes New Hampshire, who lives more than 40 miles away from a veterans hospital, to get the care they need from a local provider. That’s a huge benefit for our veterans. For decades they have had to travel to White River Junction or Massachusetts and would often have to wait a long time for service. It was really great to see that change for New Hampshire and see this provision that Senator Ayotte and I worked on get into the bill.
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
It is still making sure we continue an economic recovery that provides opportunities for all Americans and to make sure we are creating jobs, that we are helping young people who want to go to college, that we are shoring up a secure retirement for people, making sure they earn a decent living. I think we need to continue to invest in our economy and do everything we can to make sure our policies reflect our ability to do that. We have too many people who are still struggling. We need to think about how we can support middle-class families, whether it is through child tax credits for childcare, through student loan programs, or helping people to get Social Security and Medicare. I think all of those are important.
What are your top three priorities if re-elected?
I mentioned some of those in that last answer because I think it really is making sure we do everything possible to strengthen the economy in New Hampshire. That means supporting small businesses, investing in roads and bridges, in infrastructure, investing in higher education. It means equal work for equal pay for women and it also means combating terrorist threats like ISIL, and protecting women’s rights to make sure they can make their own decisions.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people don’t know my first job out of college was teaching school. I taught at Dover High. I taught public speaking, and I had every student in the sophomore class that year. My husband and I also directed the school’s drama club, which was a lot of fun. 
Scott Brown-- Republican
In one sentence, why are you running?
That’s a good question. I’m glad you are asking it to everyone. I’m running because I want to see a  strong America with a strong economy, more good jobs, and foreign policy that helps lead the world again.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Aside from being a good dad and a good husband, I am very proud of the fact I was the most bipartisan senator in the U.S. Senate. I was able to be the problem solver, and as a result I was able to pass a pretty good piece of legislation, the Hire Heroes Veterans bill that allows more veterans to get hired and allows employers who do the hiring to get positive tax breaks. The other was an insider trading bill, to make sure members of Congress could not do insider trading, believe it or not. I will go and continue to be that independent voice and work with Senator Ayotte to make New Hampshire and this country a better place to work.
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
They are almost neck and neck, so two. One is Obamacare and the fact the business mandate is coming after the election, and many businesses are being crushed by that indecision. There are high costs and high deductibles. The other is insecurity in regards to energy. New Hampshire is being crushed by energy and electric costs, too. There is a deep, deep, concern with that. Without even blinking, those are the two. Then, obviously, border security is right up there too.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
The first one is absolutely secure the borders and have a sound foreign policy to keep our state and homeland safe. The second is work on an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy costs. We need to try to get them back to reality and give individuals and businesses some kind of certainty. Then, to reduce Obamacare and the red tape involved and have some kind of certainty there as well. And then to do a budget. I’ve got to throw that in.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love to cook. I hate to clean up, but I love to cook. I do 90 percent of the food shopping in the house. 
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