The state Republican Party Wednesday morning is criticizing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for declining to appear at a Sept. 29 debate with Republican challenger Scott Brown at Franklin Pierce University.
An organizer of the debate contacted the Brown campaign to inform them that Shaheen had officially declined to participate, a Brown campaign official said.
Shaheen has agreed to three televised debates, while Brown has accepted invitations to seven debates in total.
In a statement, NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn said:
“New Hampshire voters deserve a robust debate about the issues and ample opportunity to compare Scott Brown’s record of independent leadership with Jeanne Shaheen’s record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. It is unacceptable for Senator Shaheen to duck debates – especially since she has declined to hold any town hall meeting for over two years.
“Jeanne Shaheen wants to limit a discussion about the issues in this campaign because she knows that she can’t defend her blind support for President Obama’s disastrous agenda. Shaheen’s unwillingness to participate in every debate insults voters and proves that New Hampshire needs a new senator in November,” Horn said.