Campaign Countdown: New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District

Published: Oct. 18, 2018 at 3:11 PM EDT
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In the race for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, democratic incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster is seeking her forth term. Her republican challenger, Steve Negron, has been a state representative for just two years.

There are very few things that Congresswoman Annie Kuster and State Representative Steve Negron agree on. One area they do agree, which is also a position shared by millions of Americans, is that Washington has become far too divisive.

"I try to take on big issues where we can find common ground and where I can work across the aisle," said Kuster said.

"But what you see right now -- and I will tell you it's on both sides -- is that if you don't agree with me 100 percent on either side, then we are not doing anything," Negron said.

Negron says he can change things if he's elected to represent New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. The republican says he's in the race to be a voice for the people. "You have a bunch of people who have a lot of time in Washington. They forget about where they came from, and that they really work for the state that voted them in," he said.

When it comes to most issues, Negron and Kuster are on opposite sides of the fence. They disagree over taxes, immigration, climate change, and the list goes on.

"I'm a strong believer in Social Security, in Medicare, in universal access to health care," Kuster said.

The also disagree over tightening gun laws and other social issues.

"I'm a father of three children and anytime a government wants to dictate to me as a parent what I can and can't do with and for my child, I'm going to stand up against," Negron said.

Probably the most stark contrast is the grade they give President Trump.

Negron says Trump deserves an "A" and thata his policies, both foreign and domestic, are spot on. "I believe that what the president has done from both the policy here in the states and abroad -- he's doing very well," Negron said.

"I would say he's the worst president in my lifetime," Kuster said. Although she says Trump's policies are not her biggest concern. "Most importantly, I don't think he has the temperament for the job. I think he is too erratic."

But the President is not on the ticket this November. Neither are New Hampshire's two democratic senators. When asked about them, the divide between Negron and Kuster widens.

"Our staffs are very close and we are making progress for the Granite State, and I am very proud of our record," Kuster said.

Negron gives the Senators a "D." "And what we saw during the Kavanaugh hearings, that was just a clear indictment of where we are at in American politics," he said.

New Hampshire's other Congressional seat is also up for grabs this election and it will be historic no matter the outcome. For the first time, voters will elect either the state's first openly gay, or African American Congressman.

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