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Hassan, Lamontagne Tussle Over Taxes [VIDEO]

The two trade blows in NH gubernatorial debate at Rivier University in Nashua on Sept. 27.

The niceties aside, the latest gubernatorial debate quickly took on the tone of the attack ads being aired against Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne.

Hassan criticized Lamontagne for supporting House Speaker William O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon), a Tea Party member she said was responsible for making New Hampshire the butt of jokes on Comedy Central's "Daily Show."

She questioned Lamontagne's positions, and what federal funds he would reject, as she said he once did as chairman of the state Board of Education in the mid-1990s.

Lamontagne, in turn, repeatedly faulted Hassan for votes she made as a former state senator.

"Maggie's approach is to tax and spend," he said. "I refuse to allow a tax or fee increase over the next two years."

Hassan has vowed to veto an income or sales tax. And she pressed him on his professed austerity over the next two years, saying it would result in significant cuts to government services that are important for residents and businesses.

Hassan accused Lamontagne of "still pushing the same out-dated ideas" he was 20 years ago, when he first ran for office.

Lamontagne accused Hassan of being out of touch with taxpayers in the state. He criticized his opponent for "Maggiecare," a bill she supported as a senator, and a bill she said was passed with Republicans and Democrats because of its focus on transparency and accountability.

Continuing opposition to the Affordable Care Act, Lamontagne said it underscored what people do not want: more federal bureaucracy. Earlier in the day, Lamontagne announced a health care policy agenda.

"The Affordable Care Act puts the government and the IRS between you and your providers," he said during the debate.

Countering his call to be the governor for everyone, leaving his party label at the door of the corner office, Hassan accused Lamontagne of not faithfully respecting the rights of women to make their own health care decisions.

Jan Schmidt September 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Admin, the flag as inappropriate link isn't functioning.
News Flash September 28, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Jan stalking someone who makes comments on Patch is inappropriate. Are you saying a democrat governor will not prioritize National democrat issues. Even is those issues are contrary to the majority wishes of the voters of NH? I say a democrat will do exactly that. What do you say on this matter?
News Flash September 28, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Additionally, Jan you are attempt to bully me. Funny how that works, I will not be bullied.
R. Scott White September 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
But as you News Flash, a "professional" (??) poster from dawn to dusk with probable mental problems can't tell when he/she is a problem, it's time to notify those in charge that enough is enough. Nobody is stalking you (although your paranoia says otherwise), but as you continually hog the message boards, something has got to be done. Did you attend the debate last night? Of course not. Did you read the Telegraph article on the debate? Highly unlikely. Did you run the video above? Please. Now responsible people would not say more than a line or two about such things they have not seen. But you... well ... you already have posted twice as much as any other person here. It's time to complain.
Gary A. Gahan September 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I was there last evening and even though Maggie spouts that she is not an income or sales tax favorite and would "veto" either or both her past history in the NH senate would tell us otherwise. It makes no matter what political party might be in the office politicians tend to have voracious appetites to be willy nilly spend taxpayers money if they are allowed to! Ovide shows his is a fiscal responsible individual and he WILL hold the house and senate to this venue period no matter who the party in power might be! Kudos to Ovide.

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