The political profiles of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Republican challenger Bryant “Corky” Messner are vastly completely different in ways in which go far past ideology or philosophy.
For almost 50 years, Shaheen has been immersed in politics, starting in her late 20s and early 30s as an activist and marketing campaign strategist for abortion rights causes and candidates. She went on to develop into the nation’s first lady to be elected each governor and U.S. senator.
Messner has by no means had his title on a poll and spent almost all his grownup life constructing a nationwide authorized protection agency.
Very like businessman Donald Trump till 2016, that meant Messner prevented collaborating in partisan political causes and made donations to candidates in each political events.
As the 2 face off in 2020, the variations in Shaheen’s and Messner’s positions on key points are as extensive because the chasm of their political expertise.
Because the Trump-endorsed candidate, Messner needs no modifications to the tax minimize the president signed in 2017, apart from one.
Messer stated it was a “mistake” to not make everlasting the tax breaks for the center class, which expire in 2025 if not prolonged.
“The Democrats need to improve taxes on prime of repealing the Trump tax cuts, and people tax will increase will injury our financial system as we attempt to get better from the COVID financial system,” Messner stated.
Disagree on deficit
Shaheen stated no modifications must be made to the tax minimize for working households, however company taxes must be raised and subsidies completed away with, since 83% of Trump’s tax minimize went to multinational corporations, a few of which assist jobs abroad.
“The most important hit to prices within the federal authorities earlier than we bought into the COVID pandemic was Trump’s tax invoice,” Shaheen stated.
Messner stated Congress must deliver its deficit and debt beneath management, beginning with reductions in discretionary spending.
“We’d like political outsiders like me who will go in and make the onerous selections to chop federal discretionary spending… to deliver some self-discipline, work throughout the aisle,” stated Messner, who favors a freeze on federal hiring apart from “extremely specialised and or very vital” positions.
“Our spending is way too redundant,” he stated. “The left hand of the federal government doesn’t know what the correct hand is doing typically.”
Shaheen stated the deficit must be diminished — however within the “long run.” Because the nation struggles to get better from the pandemic’s financial toll, now will not be the time to chop federal spending, she stated.
“It’s not what we have to do proper now. Proper now, persons are hurting, the financial system is struggling and in response to each economist I talked to, we have to put one other stimulus bundle into the financial system,” Shaheen stated.
Differ on stimulus dimension
Each assist one other COVID-19 stimulus invoice, however they half methods on the specifics.
Shaheen needs a much bigger bundle, to incorporate unrestricted assist to state and native governments, extra grants for hospitals, prolonged unemployment and renewed payroll protections for employers and public faculties.
Messner helps as a “good first step” the $500 billion plan of Senate Republicans, which is 4 occasions smaller than Shaheen’s define.
He opposes giving federal grants to states and communities which were financially mismanaged and stated he would goal assist for companies and faculties and for extra testing and get in touch with tracing of the virus.
The 2 strongly disagree over the Reasonably priced Care Act. Shaheen helps its retention as a result of it’s offered protection to almost 100,000 New Hampshire residents by means of exchanges and growth of Medicaid.
Shaheen stated it must be improved to incorporate a public choice that permits all Individuals to buy a Medicare-like well being plan, let Medicare and Medicaid negotiate with drug corporations to get cheaper costs and permit Individuals to import medicine from Canada.
“There are a complete vary of issues we have to do,” Shaheen stated.
Messner calls the ACA a “catastrophe” and would substitute it with a “patient-focused” system that encourages extra free-market competitors whereas making certain nobody might be denied protection if they’ve a pre-existing situation.
“We’d like extra competitors, and that can assist deliver the prices down,” Messner stated.
Divided on social points
The 2 couldn’t be farther aside on social points.
Shaheen helps abortion rights, together with federal financing; gun management measures; and immigration reform, which would come with providing the 12 million undocumented immigrants already on this nation a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
Messner believes life begins at conception and would assist a ban on all abortions after the fifth month of being pregnant, no authorities assist for the process and an finish to grants for Deliberate Parenthood.
He stated he would oppose any makes an attempt to limit the rights of gun homeowners. He helps ending Trump’s border wall with Mexico and would vote in opposition to any laws to “reward unlawful aliens” who’re within the nation.