The Scan — October 30, 2013

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Oct. 29, 2013, 5:43 p.m.

Con­ser­vat­ive think-tank founder Kar­en Test­er­man (R) “vowed to im­prove the state’s busi­ness cli­mate and re­pair its im­age as the Live Free or Die state if voters elect her” GOV (Landrig­an, Nashua Tele­graph, 12/8).

The founder and ex-ex­ec. dir. of the con­ser­vat­ive think tank Corner­stone Policy Re­search “stressed a need” for NH to “re­turn to its roots, (to a) re­li­ance on the cre­at­or of this great state.”

“She ad­dressed her views against gay mar­riage by quot­ing Vladi­mir Len­in.” Test­er­man: “If you des­troy the fam­ily, you des­troy so­ci­ety.” Test­er­man said what a gay or les­bi­an does be­hind closes doors is up to them but so­ci­ety should not form­ally re­cog­nize a gay uni­on. Test­er­man: “The reas­on to re­cog­nize fam­ily in the state is to provide for the next gen­er­a­tion, to en­sure a man or wo­man is held ac­count­able, held re­spons­ible for chil­dren in the com­munity” (Schoen­berg, Con­cord Mon­it­or, 12/8).

NH Dem spokes­per­son Derek Rich­er: “While Test­er­man and the N.H. GOP con­tin­ue to talk about dis­crim­in­a­tion and hate, Demo­crats in New Hamp­shire are work­ing hard to fix the eco­nomy, cre­ate jobs, and im­prove the lives of work­ing fam­il­ies in the Gran­ite State.”

Test­er­man said if elec­ted she “would bring state spend­ing back to 2004 levels plus an an­nu­al in­fla­tion rate.” Test­er­man: “It’s not the same old thing, taxes, taxes, taxes. What we have is a spend­ing prob­lem.”

Her cam­paign “is neither ex­plor­at­ory nor ne­ces­sar­ily per­man­ent” and “she could de­fer to an­oth­er” so­cially and fisc­ally con­ser­vat­ive GOP­er who emerges later. Test­er­man: “If that hap­pens, I would sit back and pray­er­fully as­sess what would be the con­sequences of that. There are be­ne­fits in hav­ing party primar­ies as long as all can­did­ates re­main fo­cused on the is­sues” (Nashua Tele­graph, 12/8).

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