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Institute Hosts Final Gubernatorial Candidate Granite State Debate

November 02, 2012

Kate Giaquinto
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The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library hosted the final Gubernatorial candidate WMUR-TV, New Hampshire Union Leader Granite State debate between Maggie Hassan (D) and Ovide Lamontagne (R) on Thursday night.

Debate topics focused on education reform, preparedness for natural disasters, casino gambling, women's issues and economic issues.

John McElveen, WMUR's Political Director moderated the debate and panelists included James Pindell,'s Political Director, John DiStaso, of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Kevin Landrigan, of the Nashua Telegraph.Candidates also had the opportunity to respond to third party ad attacks.

Hassan responded first to the ad stating that her family does not pay taxes on their half million dollar Exeter home and while she was in the senate, she allowed 33 tax increases for New Hampshire citizens.

Hassan said she and her family are required to live in the home, owned by Phillips-Exeter Academy where her husband is principal. She also said Phillips-Exeter is "highest property tax payer in the town," and said she was offended by this personal attack on her and her family.

Lamontagne then responded to the third party ad against him claiming that he is a lobbyist and would work to outlaw abortion and allow insurance companies to deny coverage for breast exams, for example.

Lamontagne said if something does not seem right with the ads to "go with your instincts."

"I'm not even a lobbyist," he added and explaining that as governor he would be duty bound to uphold the laws of the state of New Hampshire and would not be able to overturn Roe V Wade.

There has been over $10 million dollars spent on negative advertising in the New Hampshire Governor's race.

Tonight the congressional district candidates take the stage for a Granite State Debate doubleheader.

The First Congressional district candidates Frank Guinta (R) and Carol Shea-Porter (D) debate at 7 p.m. and the Second Congressional District Candidate debate between Charlie Bass (R) and Annie Kuster (D) begins at 8 p.m.

Both debates will air live on WMUR-TV and will be live streaming on

The Granite State Debate series is sponsored by AARP New Hampshire.

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