MANCHESTER, NH – Conventional national political wisdom sees Democrats facing a tough election season this fall, but the assembled New Hampshire Democrats seemed excited Friday night as they gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown for the annual McIntyre-Shaheen club dinner 100 from the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Throughout the evening, speakers tried to galvanize Democratic activists and elected officials in attendance over fears of what the Republicans might do to New Hampshire and the country as a whole if they beat the Democrats on Election Day.
Reproductive rights were a recurring theme, as former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said the “police state” that has been created in Texas over abortion could become a national reality if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the United States Supreme Court and the Republicans win a majority. in the US Senate.
Richards also attacked New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on reproductive rights, calling him ‘multi-choice’ when it came to instances where he said he was a pro-choice governor while embracing what she said. called it anti-abortion legislation.
Executive adviser Cinde Warmington and presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Sherman also criticized Sununu over abortion rights and his lack of pressure on Republican executive advisers to accept federal funding for health initiatives. of women because of their potential links with access to abortion.
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, who faces re-election this fall, has also focused on the issue of reproductive rights, instead redirecting that attention to Republican candidates seeking nomination to face her in the general election.
Hassan claimed all candidates would be a rubber stamp for Republican US Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in his opposition to abortion rights, with NH Senate President and US Senate candidate Chuck Morse paving the way for opposing efforts abortion rights at Concord.
“Let me be very clear, you cannot claim to represent New Hampshire while you are trying to deprive half of our people of liberty,” Hassan said.
Throughout the evening, other speakers repeated that Republicans worked for special interests or ideologically extreme factions while Democrats worked for working families and values supported by the majority of Americans.
Representative for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, Chris Pappas, in particular embraced this view, touting efforts over infrastructure, veterans services and attempts to sue oil companies over alleged price gouging while stating that his potential Republican opponents have no solution to energy prices or medical care and instead focused on currying favor with former US President Donald Trump.
While much of the evening focused on the Democratic-Republican dichotomy on the issues, Pappas also urged those in attendance to ignore the predictions and reach out to potential voters.
Pappas told the public that Republicans nationally had already paid $10 million in attack ads against him this fall.
This point was also repeated throughout the evening.
“You will hear many pundits telling you that the Democrats will do poorly in November. Don’t believe it, said Wormington. “Now is not the time to despair, no time to cringe, no time for angst. Bill Shaheen once summed it up perfectly: ‘Don’t worry, work.’