CONCORD – As her Republican challenger launched a jobs tour of his own, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen today focused on women’s issues, charging that Brown “doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security.”
Shaheen’s campaign said she will travel the state as part of a tour entitled, “A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust.”
Today, Shaheen was endorsed by the NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC.
In response, Brown campaign spokesman Elizabeth Guyton said, “eScott Brown is a pro-choice Republican who supports women’s health care. It is shameful for Senator Shaheen to use scare tactics to distort the truth and distract from her record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time, which means she votes against small business 100 percent of the time.”
Shaheen’s move on women’s issues appears to be an effort to further strengthen her already strong standing among women. Even as some polls have shown Brown gaining on – or in a few cases, passing – Shaheen, her strength among women has remained solid.
Shaheen says, “I have always supported a woman’s right to choose because I know women should be making health care decisions in consultation with their doctors and their families, not their employer. And in the Senate, I am working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen equal pay protections because I know that when women make less than men for doing the same job, our entire economy suffers.”
The Democratic incumbent charged, “Scott Brown’s record is clear: when it counts, he doesn’t stand up for women’s reproductive rights and economic security. He co-sponsored legislation to let employers deny women coverage for birth control or even mammograms. He had two opportunities to vote for equal pay laws and both times he voted no. New Hampshire women can’t trust Scott Brown, and his record is move evidence that he is wrong for New Hampshire,” Shaheen said.
The Shaheen campaign press release pointed out that Brown, as a senator from Massachusetts in 2012, cosponsored the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers and insurers to limit specific health care coverage, including contraception, based on religious or moral objections.
Brown said at the time, “This issue deals with one of our most fundamental rights as a people — the freedom of religion….No one should be forced by government to do something that violates the teachings of their faith.”’
Shaheen noted that Brown supported the co-called “Hobby Lobby” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, “and as a Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown also repeatedly voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide women with protections from pay discrimination.”
Shaheen recently cosponsored the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” to reverse the ‘”Hobby Lobby” decision and is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Brown, as reported here, began a jobs tour, entitled, “Better Jobs for All,” in Pembroke today and received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Shaheen has been involved in her own jobs tour, entitled “New Hampshire Jobs First,” for the past two weeks.
Her campaign said today Brown’s jobs tour “is a reminder that in the Senate he voted to protect tax breaks for companies sending jobs overseas but against legislation important to New Hampshire small businesses.”