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Concord Monitor: GOP Senate hopefuls share fiscal message

By Margot Sanger-Katz

Sunday November 22, 2009

“Too much spending and too much debt were on the minds of the state's four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate yesterday when they spoke to a turkey luncheon of Republicans about economic issues.
“The four candidates, Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie and Ovide Lamontagne sounded similar themes during compressed stump speeches at a Franklin event on economic issues. All four criticized the president and U.S. Congress for spending too much taxpayer money, increasing the national debt and seeking to expand the reach of the federal government.
“Yesterday's lunch, hosted by the Steward organization, was the first event to feature all four candidates, who have been quietly making their rounds at Republican events in the state….
“Many of their policy ideas became familiar by the end of the event: Institute a presidential line-item veto, require Congress to balance the federal budget, and cut back on regulations hindering small business. But the four distinguished themselves primarily with their biographies as they introduced themselves to a crowd just getting acquainted with the field.
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