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March 30, 2014

Editorial: New Hampshire won't let Brown and Shaheen duck the issues

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We’re counting on Granite Staters to look beyond Brown’s barn jacket and Shaheen’s tailored suits and ask penetrating questions about their stands on issues like the ACA and the IRS.

New Hampshire has held a presidential primary for nearly 100 years and takes the job seriously. State law says it must hold the nation’s first presidential primary, a responsibility New Hampshire holds on to tighter than the Old Man of the Mountain did to the granite side of Cannon Mountain.

New Hampshire voters are polled, bombarded with phone calls and mailings, studied by reporters across the country. They’re quite accustomed to big money flowing in from out of state to influence their votes.

They know what they want and, ultimately, will decide who they want. They can separate the wheat from the chaff, the opportunistic from the opportunity. They’ll sort things out.

Brown and Shaheen have their work cut out from them.

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