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Fmr U.S. Sen. Bob Smith changes mind, will challenge Shaheen [Conservative Again?]
WMUR ^ | Dec 01, 2013 | James Pindell

Posted on 12/01/2013 2:32:49 PM PST by BushCountry

Former New Hampshire Republican senator Bob Smith said he has changed his mind and will try to defeat Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen for his old seat next year.

Smith told WMUR Political Scoop on Sunday that he had made a decision not to run largely to get out of the way for other candidates, but as weeks came and went no major candidates got into the race, and he kept getting encouragement to run.

"I have a decision to run again for the Senate," said Smith. "This is nothing personally against Jeanne Shaheen, who I like as a person, but I couldn't disagree more with her politics."

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; bobsmith; newhampshire; nh2014; senateelection
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Having seen this yet. I don't know how it plays into us taking over the senate but this guy been all over the map.
1 posted on 12/01/2013 2:32:50 PM PST by BushCountry
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To: BushCountry

Didn’t he start bouncing off the wall a decade or more ago?


2 posted on 12/01/2013 2:33:53 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: NewHampshireDuo

He used to be a pretty great conservative, then something happened and he went completely wonky. I always wondered if he was being blackmailed or had a honey that was leading him around.


3 posted on 12/01/2013 2:36:48 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: BushCountry

can’t these guys just stay dead???


4 posted on 12/01/2013 2:36:49 PM PST by Nifster
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To: BushCountry

As late as the middle of Aug he was saying he wouldn’t run. But I guess since
no one had come forward he’s changed his mind or someone helped him change it.


5 posted on 12/01/2013 2:41:01 PM PST by deport
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To: McGavin999

We voted for him when we were in NH. Then, yes, he went off the rails. Haven’t heard a thing about him since.


6 posted on 12/01/2013 2:42:54 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: BushCountry

A wise move on his part—he will be seen as a newcomer and not tainted with the Obamacare scandal.


7 posted on 12/01/2013 2:45:23 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Nifster

NH has no strong candidates and Mitch is trying to recruit Scott Brown. This unusual character was once a strong conservative, maybe he is back in the clubhouse. We know Scott never was a member of the club.


8 posted on 12/01/2013 2:45:41 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

Well...I read up on him on Wikipedia. Ehh, not the ideal candidate, to say the least. Seems to be a bit of an opportunist, even by politician’s standards. Still, I’d have to think he’d be better than Shaheen. And every GOP win in the Senate inches the party closer to a majority. And a majority would go a long way to keeping Obama’s plans in check.

Plus, I really, really would like to see Reid lose his bully pulpit.


9 posted on 12/01/2013 2:46:16 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: BushCountry

GREAT NEWS, if he can win. :)


10 posted on 12/01/2013 2:49:12 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: BushCountry

Scott Brown put up some good numbers against Shaheen. But, it’s time to fish or cut bait.


11 posted on 12/01/2013 2:50:19 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

he will be seen as a newcomer and not tainted with the Obamacare scandal.

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Don’t know about the newcomer label but he’s been out as NH senator since 2002.
He moved to FL, tried to run as Presidential candidate but no support.


12 posted on 12/01/2013 2:51:53 PM PST by deport
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To: BushCountry

If Bob Smith runs it’ll be a clear win for Shaheen. He is total goofball.

These guys just don’t understand we don’t need more Rebublican lite.


13 posted on 12/01/2013 2:53:43 PM PST by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: BushCountry

At one time I thought he was a solid guy. Then the floor fell out. You don’t turn a belief in Conservatism off and on. You either get it or you don’t.

I think the call is in on this guy.

They can elect him, but they just as well put their rain coat on first.


14 posted on 12/01/2013 2:54:48 PM PST by DoughtyOne (May his name be striken from every tablet stone building and never be said again short of treason!)
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To: JSDude1

Actually this is a plus because it will force the Democrats to spend more money in the state draining their national funds. This weakens their chances in states we have better chance of winning (state leans Democrat). Also because of Obamacare Jeanne Sheehan approval ratings are falling. His entry makes the state a tossup.


15 posted on 12/01/2013 2:54:53 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: lucky american

I never said I like the guy, but I think he will drain resources from the Democrat’s national fund. He will make them fight on another front. He is the not the race we need to take over the senate.


16 posted on 12/01/2013 2:57:31 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

How old is he? I remember him from years back and he wasn’t youthful then; he must be really long in the tooth.


17 posted on 12/01/2013 2:57:55 PM PST by surrey
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To: BushCountry

How can you like Shaheen as a person? She is a rabid baby-killer...


18 posted on 12/01/2013 3:00:48 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: surrey

Wow, didn’t realize he was 72.


19 posted on 12/01/2013 3:00:56 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: who knows what evil?

Haa, haa... a politician liking their enemy. Words are wind.


20 posted on 12/01/2013 3:02:10 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

Anyone that voted for John Kerry is unacceptable as a senator.


21 posted on 12/01/2013 3:02:46 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Darren McCarty

Voting for Kerry in a leaning Democrat state is a plus. As I mentioned, I wouldn’t vote for the guy but certainly don’t mine forcing the Democrats to have to fight another front in the national battle for control of the Senate.


22 posted on 12/01/2013 3:06:12 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

I’m desperately trying to contain my total lack of enthusiasm about his announcement.


23 posted on 12/01/2013 3:07:58 PM PST by rbg81
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To: rbg81

So am I. I posted this because I thought the guy was crazy. But there are national implications so I decided to shine the best light possible.


24 posted on 12/01/2013 3:11:06 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

Also because if NH votes a Conservative again, that will be a real accomplishment.

Make it happen.

THE HEALTHCARE LAW may sink DEMOCRATS in more places than expected, especially blue/purple states.


25 posted on 12/01/2013 3:12:58 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: JSDude1

didn’t Smith one in FL and got 1% in a primary or something?


26 posted on 12/01/2013 3:16:38 PM PST by Paul8148
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To: Paul8148

meant run in FL


27 posted on 12/01/2013 3:18:05 PM PST by Paul8148
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To: BushCountry
I remember the following about Smith

What's not to like?

28 posted on 12/01/2013 3:18:10 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: BushCountry

He and scott brown would be an improvement if they were elected. He would be a bigger improvement than Brown. But, Smith is not going to be elected. Better try and get Brown.


29 posted on 12/01/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: FreeReign

Based my thought process on his Florida effort and being wishy washy about entering this race for so long.


30 posted on 12/01/2013 3:21:21 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry; campaignPete R-CT; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; ...

Yuck. A flip flopping fruitcake with no chance at victory. I thought he lived in Florida now?

What’s wrong with NH? They want to run Scott Brown. Why can’t they find a viable candidate from the state? Shaheen can be beaten.


31 posted on 12/01/2013 3:45:10 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Nifster

if this is the best the GOP can do, we might as well just close it down


32 posted on 12/01/2013 3:48:08 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: DemforBush

Harry Reid should spend the rest of his miserable life in the desert with rattlesnakes and cactus to keep him company. Both match his prickly self.


33 posted on 12/01/2013 3:54:36 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: DemforBush

Harry Reid should spend the rest of his miserable life in the desert with rattlesnakes and cactus to keep him company. Both match his prickly self.


34 posted on 12/01/2013 4:01:02 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: BushCountry
Based my thought process on his Florida effort and being wishy washy about entering this race for so long.

The guy won 2 terms in the Senate and three terms in the House.

His voting record was close to 100% conservative.

He was an early fighter against the GOP-e in the Republican party.

He was the only politician in DC who was willing to help the Miami based Elian Gonzalez family. He even went to the gates of Andrews AFB to try to get Elian released.

NONE of those things are done by a person who is, as you called him, "wishy washy".

35 posted on 12/01/2013 4:11:33 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Impy
Yuck. A flip flopping fruitcake with no chance at victory. I thought he lived in Florida now?

I wouldn't call somebody with a strong conservative voting record a "flip flopping fruitcake".

I wouldn't describe somebody who was elected 5 times to congress, as having "no chance at victory".

36 posted on 12/01/2013 4:17:32 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Didn’t he campaign for the popular John F. Kerry in 2004? That might make him electable in NH, but probably not.


37 posted on 12/01/2013 4:25:24 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: BushCountry

I don’t trust any Yankee, and I trust New Hampshire Yankees even less.

We have seen what they do to us with their first primary. Something we desperately need to change,

We have seen them sell us out time and time again.


38 posted on 12/01/2013 4:33:20 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: FreeReign

Good, if all you say is true then I retract my remarks. I do not know him or his history personally. If he is a truly a conservative and can win, GREAT! However, others on this post do not agree. For the sake of the country I hope your assessment is right.


39 posted on 12/01/2013 4:44:54 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry; Theodore R.

Then again if what the poster in post #37 said is true, then I would withdraw my support.


40 posted on 12/01/2013 4:48:09 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

Wishy washy candidates win reelection to the House and Senate all the time.

I’m not so sure he’s wishy washy, however, as much as he’s a wackadoodle.


41 posted on 12/01/2013 4:51:38 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: FreeReign; BushCountry; campaignPete R-CT; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; AuH2ORepublican; ...

1999, after his early POTUS candidacy goes no where Smith leaves the GOP for the Taxpayers party to compete for their nomination (hoping to throw the election to Gore?). Fruitcake.

A few months later John Chafee dies leaving Smith (if he were still a Republican that is) in line for the Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Smith “realizes” he made a mistake and comes crawling back to the GOP. He gets the Chairmanship. Flip flop.

In that role Smith lets his true envirowacko colors fly. Fruitcake. He loses the GOP primary in 2002 to John Sununu because of that and because he is seen as weak for the general election.

2004, Smith starts a Senate bid in Florida that goes no where. Fruitcake, and desperate for office.

Later in 2004 he attacks the NH GOP over the “phone jamming scandal” and suggests maybe Shaneen was robbed of victory over Sununu by it. Fruitcake.

Oh yeah he also ENDORSED JOHN KERRY for President, citing envirowacko concerns amongst other things. He went on to praise Kerry’s bipartsianship and war record. The real reason was because Bush supported Sununu against him. Extreme fruitcake and petty traitor.

2010, he again considers running in Florida. Pathetic.

So he’s conservative, on everything but the environment where he’s a nutcase. He’s also a spiteful petty traitor who feels entitled to office.

He most assuredly has ZERO chance of getting elected. He last won in 1996, before he started acting like a fruitcake.


42 posted on 12/01/2013 4:53:02 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BushCountry

Scott is from MASS!!! NOT NH!!


43 posted on 12/01/2013 4:54:42 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: FreeReign; Theodore R.

There is NO WAY IN HELL that he campaigned for Kerry......that HAS to be a LIE.


44 posted on 12/01/2013 4:58:26 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Impy

PLEASE show me where he endorsed Kerry////I followed him pretty closely in those years.


45 posted on 12/01/2013 5:00:09 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

He has a home in NH and thinking of moving full time. Mitch is heavily recruiting Scott.


46 posted on 12/01/2013 5:00:34 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: BushCountry

But Scott is MASS....NOT NH!!!


47 posted on 12/01/2013 5:03:41 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

NO WAY IN HELL?

His words:

As someone who worked with you daily for 12 years as a United States Senator, I am acutely conscious of the fact that we disagree on many important issues. Despite our differences, you have always been willing to engage in constructive debate in an effort to forge sound public policy.

I deeply respect your commitment to our nation and your patriotism which, I believe, was forged when you-like I-proudly wore the uniform of the United States Navy in Viet Nam...

Because of the courage and character you demonstrated in Vietnam, I believe you when you say that you’ll do a better job than President Bush to win the peace in Iraq, as well as to win the war against terrorism.

President Bush has failed to restrain federal spending, sending our deficit spinning into the stratosphere. I well remember that you were one of a handful of Democrats who crossed the aisle to forge a bipartisan coalition in the Senate to balance the federal budget [...]

John, for each of these reasons I believe President Bush has failed our country and my party. Accordingly, I want you to know that when I go into the booth next Tuesday I am going to cast my vote for you. So will my wife, Mary Jo, and all three of my children: Jason, Bobby and Jenny.

Moreover, I will do all that I can to encourage my friends in New Hampshire and Florida to join me in supporting you.


48 posted on 12/01/2013 5:04:46 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: Ann Archy

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/11/08/national-republicans-drafting-scott-brown-for-senate-new-hampshire-granite-staters-grow-impatient/A4Me0f4Q25O3FAHMK4JY2J/story.html

The signs are mounting. Scott Brown travels almost weekly to New Hampshire. Last month he formed a political action committee there to raise funds; this week he attacked the state’s Democratic senator on his favorite target: national health care.

Now national Republicans are pushing the former Massachusetts senator to declare his candidacy for the US Senate from New Hampshire. And they insist, despite mixed signals from Brown, that he is seriously weighing such a run.

The chairman and vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Rob Portman of Ohio, said they have urged Brown to take on Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is otherwise expected to cruise to reelection next year.


49 posted on 12/01/2013 5:07:24 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: Ann Archy

Google it, it was common knowledge, obviously you didn’t follow him THAT closely.

There’s a copy of his endorsement letter.

http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/3/102904_smith_letter.pdf


50 posted on 12/01/2013 5:09:19 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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