Full Granite State Debate video: 2020 New Hampshire U.S. Senate debate
The full video of the 2020 New Hampshire U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, is now available.
The debate, moderated by WMUR political director Adam Sexton, took place on October 9, 2016 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Topics of discussion included the Affordable Care Act, gun control, the opioid epidemic, and the candidates’ respective voting records.
This was the first and only debate of the general election campaign.
In her opening statement, Senator Ayotte spoke about her record of bipartisanship and her commitment to fighting for the people of New Hampshire.
Governor Hassan, in her opening statement, talked about her work to combat the opioid epidemic and her plans to make college more affordable.
The Affordable Care Act
One of the first topics of discussion was the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
Senator Ayotte spoke about her vote to repeal the ACA, saying that she believes it is “failing the people of New Hampshire.”
Governor Hassan disagreed, saying that the ACA has helped to expand access to healthcare in the state.
The candidates were also asked about their views on gun control.
Senator Ayotte spoke about her support for background checks and her vote to ban people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns.
Governor Hassan said she believes there should be “common sense” gun reform, including banning assault weapons.
The Opioid Epidemic
Another topic of discussion was the opioid epidemic, which has been a major issue in New Hampshire in recent years.
Senator Ayotte spoke about her work to combat the epidemic, including her vote for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
Governor Hassan talked about her work as governor to combat the epidemic, including her work to expand access to treatment.
The candidates were also asked about their respective voting records.
Senator Ayotte defended her voting record, saying that she has “voted with [President Obama] 60 percent of the time.”
Governor Hassan criticized Senator Ayotte’s voting record, saying that she has “voted with the partisan Republican leadership in Washington 80 percent of the time.”
In her closing statement, Senator Ayotte spoke about her commitment to fighting for the people of New Hampshire.
Governor Hassan, in her closing statement, talked about her work to make college more affordable and her plans to create jobs in the state.