VIDEO: Kuster Says She's Going to Win this Time
Democrat files to run again in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.
Is the second time a charm?
That is what Attorney Ann McLane Kuster has to be wondering as she takes a second a stab at challenging U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, attempting to recapture New Hampshire’s 2nd District seat for the Democrats.
A throng of supporters were at the Statehouse on June 7 as Kuster signed up to run.
“We’re going to win this time!” she shouted to the cheers of supporters in the hallways outside the Secretary of State’s Office.
The contest is considered one of the hottest congressional races in the country, based partly on the tough battle two years ago. In 2010, Kuster fell 3,550 votes shy of upsetting Bass, a Republican from Peterborough who previously held the 2nd District seat for 12 years.
The University of New Hampshire Survey Center, in a poll in April, found Kuster a point ahead of Bass, 40 percent to 39 percent, though a large percentage told the pollster they were undecided.
After signing up this time, Kuster said she was running again because there was enough bickering in Washington about like the debt limit and “arguing about things that aren’t even the issues of the day.” Instead, she will be focused on creating opportunity for working families in the Granite State.
“(Voters) realize Congress is broken and we need a new approach,” she said. “People realize that their needs are not being met.”
Kuster, who lost a squeaker in 2010, said she would focus on job creation, college opportunities, and preserving Social Security for current retirees and future generations. She said that voters were tired of the controversies and distraction of the conservative social agendas put forward by legislators at the Statehouse in Concord.
“From the bottom of the ticket up, we need change,” she said. “They want people to come together, and work hard, and get the job done, with civility.”
A small contingent of Republicans, mostly Mitt Romney supporters, stood across the street outside the Legislative Office Building, in a counter demonstration. A Kuster campaign official remarked that he was surprised there weren’t any Bass supporters outside the Kuster event.