The day after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown met in their first televised debate, each side charged the other simply lied during the encounter in Concord.
The state Republican Party charged Shaheen lied when she denied ever opposing the Seabrook nuclear power plant. The Shaheen campaign made it clear it believes Brown lied when he denied ever voting to help American companies outsource jobs overseas.
Shaheen’s camp unveiled a web video on outsourcing that calls the Brown comment during the debate “laughable,” but saying the issue is “no laughing matter.”
After Shaheen at the debate flatly denied Brown’s charge that she opposes nuclear power and “made an effort to stop” the Seabrook nuclear power plant, the GOP released a 1987 clip from the WMUR show “Close Up” in which Shaheen, three years before she ran for the state Senate and won and nine years before running for governor, expressed concern about and opposition to the Seabrook plant. The party also pointed out that Shaheen had been the campaign manager for 1986 candidate for governor Paul McEachern, who based his campaign against Gov. John H. Sununu almost entirely on opposition to Seabrook.
Here is the video clip, which was also used by the NHGOP against Shaheen in 2008, when she defeated then-Sen. John E. Sununu.
During the debate, Shaheen said that one of the problems with the federal tax code is that it awards tax credits to companies that ship jobs overseas.
“When you were in the Senate,” she said to Brown, “you voted to reward those companies to ship jobs overseas.”
“I have never voted to outsource jobs,” he said, as Shaheen reacted with a perplexed look and some in the audience laughed.
The Shaheen web video pointed out that Brown voted against a bill that would have given companies a break on payroll taxes for new U.S. jobs that replace positions that had been based overseas. It also would have ended tax incentives for moving jobs outside the United States.
The video also pointed out that Brown, after losing his 2012 Senate bid in Massachusetts, became a member of the board of director of Kadant, Inc., a firm that unabashedly shipped jobs overseas.
View the Shaheen web video below.
The two are scheduled to meet again in two more televised debates.
To view last night’s debate via CSPAN.org, click here.