|By Garry Rayno, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"During my involvement in this war for the heart and soul of America, time and again, I observe elections where candidates who fully embrace the principles of the
Testerman and Smith said they had been talking for some time that only one true conservative candidate should be in the Republican primary.
Neither one asked the other to withdraw, Smith said, noting Testerman decided she would in order to have one solid conservative voice.
"At this critical juncture in preparation for the
"It is time for all of us to put aside pride and focus on our greater goal, that of fighting for family, faith and freedom."
Smith noted like
"Conservatives are united in
Smith and nine other candidates, including former Massachusetts U.S. Sen.
First District Congresswoman
"What do they have?" Shea-Porter asked, "What is their plan?"
She said the ACA is working, she hears stories from constituents who finally have health insurance. "It's a great thing," Shea-Porter said. "We've finally brought health insurance for everyone to this country, and I'm going to run on it."
Shea-Porter did not want to comment on what the country should do about the Iraqi situation, but did say the Iraqi government has to stand up and take responsibility, noting that some of its soldiers were taking off their uniforms and running.
As a member of the
She said she is running to help maintain and restore the middle class.
"I want all
Shea-Porter is serving her third term in
Filing for the Republican nomination in the
Filing for state
Also, former District 2 Democratic Executive Councilors
Former state Sen.
The political parties have until Wednesday to file candidates for empty seats.
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