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October 02. 2012 9:27PM

Bass gets endorsement from Clinton's former chief of staff


Republican Charlie Bass. (BOB LaPREE/Union Leader file photo)

MANCHESTER — Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the bipartisan leaders of the former Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission, are endorsing Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass for reelection.

The Bass campaign was scheduled to have full-page ads in the New Hampshire Union Leader and other state daily newspapers today touting the endorsement.

As Bass secured the endorsement, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday released its first independent expenditure television ad in each of the state’s congressional districts.

Bowles, a Democrat, is the former chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, who coincidentally, will be at the University of New Hampshire in Durham at mid-day today campaigning for President Barack Obama.

Simpson is the Republican former long-time U.S. senator from Wyoming.

The Simpson-Bowles Commission in 2010 worked on a deficit reduction plan than included a combination of budget cuts, entitlement reform and $100 billion in new tax revenues. Although the commission failed to reach super-majority agreement on the plan put forward by its leadership, the plan became the basis for bipartisan efforts in Congress to reduce the deficit.

Former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., served on the commission and supported the plan.

Bass was among a small group of congressmen who later cosponsored a bipartisan budget based on the Simpson-Bowles plan. He is believed to be the first congressional candidate this year to have received Simpson and Bowles’ joint personal endorsement.

In a letter featured in the newspaper ad, Simpson and Bowles call Bass a “leader” who has been “willing to put partisan differences aside and come together to present the American people with real solutions and compromise.”

“Charlie Bass put partisanship aside and stepped forward to make the tough decisions our nation needs,” they wrote, calling him “a brave leader.”

But the DCCC says in its 2nd District television ad that Bass went along with “Washington party leaders” to vote for the Paul Ryan budget plan, which the ad says, “would essentially end” Medicare. It shows an animated Bass following animated figures of House speaker John Boehner, vice presidential nominee Ryan, Rep. Michele Bachmann and other Republicans.

The 1st District DCCC ad has a group six men complaining that Republican Rep. Frank Guinta “wants to put the government in charge of women’s medical decisions.”

jdistaso@unionleader.com


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