Step – Jab – Block: Carol Shea-Porter Defends Her Title in Last Night's Heated Debate
Last night was a real barnburner for you boxing fans out there. In the left corner we had tough-as-nails Carol Shea-Porter from New Hampshire’s first district, defending her four-year title of U.S. Congresswoman. A strong competitor and tough advocate for women and families, Carol’s impressive record includes the title of first woman ever elected to Congress from New Hampshire.
And in the right corner was GOP Young Gun Frank Guinta, hoping to unseat Shea- Porter.
The starting bell sounded and they were off! Round after round the candidates traded jabs, threw up blocks and went in for more. Guinta tried knocking Shea-Porter off her feet with a jab on the economy, a bolo-punch over tax cuts and a right-cross on health care reform. The fiercest exchange came during the social security round.
But our girl’s an experienced fighter, with four years of representing the people of New Hampshire under her belt, and she skillfully met and countered Guinta’s relentless attacks, refusing to back down. As they grappled over the issues, Carol met his shots head on, responding to his cookie-cutter party line answers on the economy with, “It’s a fairy tale to act like this just happened. … The reality is that when the Republicans came into power we were running a surplus.” And she decisively offset his swing at the much needed health care reform by saying “it got the train out of the station.”
As Carol answered the questions and explained her positions, Guinta carefully danced around, trying to avoid being hit. But refusing to actually take a stance, throw a punch and risk being knocked out is not the way to govern. So Carol offered him a little helpful advice from her position as defending NH-01 title holder saying, “You sound like a victim. You need to be a leader.”
Frank – you’re a tough competitor. But you just found out you don’t mess with an EMILY’s List woman.
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