Audience Laughs At Sen. Shaheen For Dodging Question About Approval of Obama


MODERATOR: Imagine you're at home wearing your New Hampshire citizen hat and you get a call from a pollster asking the following question: Do you approve of the job President Obama is doing? There will be a chance to follow up but this is a yes or no answer. Do you approve, yes or no?

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): In some ways I approve, and some things I don't approve. Like most questions that we deal with as policymakers there aren't simple answers. Yes or no.

MODERATOR: Well, let me put it this way. You have said you are the candidate for the citizens of New Hampshire, Scott Brown often says -- I don't need to tell you -- that you vote with President Obama 99% of the time. Because of Obama's approval ratings are at an all-time low in New Hampshire right now, 38-40%, how does your voting record sort of jive with serving the citizens of New Hampshire?

SHAHEEN: I work for New Hampshire. Scott Brown talks a lot about one survey, and 99% of the time that I voted with the president. But the numbers I'm proudest of are the 259 people who were now working at the Berlin prison because I was able to get the prison opened after it sat empty for two years. It was the 1200 people who were being foreclosed on in their homes who our office worked with to keep them in their homes. It was for the 129,000 veterans who can now get care close to home because of the legislation that Sen. Ayotte and I got into the Veterans Reform Bill. What we need is a Senator who is going to work for New Hampshire. Who is going to make sure we address the concerns we hear from our constituents, who is going to be willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, anybody in Washington who can help us get the job done for this state.

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