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Opinion

October 29, 2012

Editorial: Guinta, Bass are best for New Hampshire

Voters in New Hampshire face a replay of the 2010 races for Congress. There is no reason for voters to choose differently this time around.

In the 1st Congressional District, Frank Guinta, R-Manchester, faces Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester. This time, Guinta is the incumbent and is facing heavy criticism from the Shea-Porter campaign on his voting record, which it describes as “tea party Republican.”

But when the alternative is Shea-Porter’s track record of far-left liberalism, New Hampshire voters are clearly better off sticking with Guinta.

Guinta has the right ideas on taxes and the economy. He understands that government boondoggles such as President Obama’s “stimulus” plan never create any real, permanent jobs. Government best supports job growth when it simply gets out of the way.

Guinta supports Republican efforts to roll back red tape and reform the tax code into a simpler, more understandable system, one with lower rates for both individual and corporate taxpayers. Guinta supports controlling federal spending and reducing our national debt, now at $16 trillion and growing.

Guinta supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicare along the lines suggested by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

Shea-Porter, by contrast, calls on Republicans to leave Medicare alone. She doesn’t seem to understand that “Medicare as we know it” is on life-support. If nothing is done to reform the program, all who rely on it for their health care needs will suffer.

New Hampshire voters had two terms of Shea-Porter before they retired her in 2010. That was sufficient. We encourage voters to re-elect Frank Guinta.

In the 2nd Congressional District, voters find another rematch, this one between incumbent Republican Charles Bass and his Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster. Bass, of Peterborough, won a narrow victory over Kuster in 2010. Bass had previously represented the 2nd District for six terms beginning with his election in 1994.

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