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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen won't release details of who attended and how much was raised at her July 15 fundraiser until a campaign finance report is released after Sept. 30 (FILE PHOTO)
"Since the days of Eisenhower, we have been the party of national security and also of homeland security," said King, who wants to keep it that way.
"The Boston Police Department does a great job, but the FBI didn't share information with them, and the FBI, when told about the older brother possibly being a radical, never talked to anybody in the mosques because of some guideline not allowing them to go into a religious institution."
He said he supports the NSA monitoring made public by Snowden, whom he considers a "traitor." The program is not abusive of Americans' privacy, he said.
"I don't mean this in a pandering way," said King, "but people in New Hampshire probably pay more attention earlier to these races than other people in the country because they know they are going to be invaded by so many over the next few years and they're used to it."
SUMMER residents Mitt Romney, Scott Brown and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are also in Granite State mode. On Tuesday, Romney will host a fundraiser for the state Republican Party at the home of a Lake Winnipesaukee neighbor in Wolfeboro.
On Thursday, Democratic National Committeewoman Wasserman Schultz, also a lakeside dweller, will be at a reception at party headquarters in Concord.
Brown plans another visit on Sept. 30 to speak at a Hampstead Republican Committee fundraiser at the Granite Rose. Since Brown has a summer home in Rye, it's not a tough drive.
WHEN IT COMES to private fundraisers, staying mum on who and how much is a bipartisan practice.
Last week, we asked Shaheen's camp who attended and how much was raised at her July 15 fundraiser.
That was the one she owned up to attending in New York City four days after missing a key meeting of the full U.S. Senate on the filibuster controversy.
In the meantime?
"It was a private event with Sen. Shaheen's supporters, and all contributions will be listed on our FEC report and fully available to the public," said a spokesman.
We asked party Chairman Jennifer Horn and received this non-response:
"We are grateful to Sen. Ayotte for hosting this event and helping us raise the resources we need to compete with the Democrats. The event exceeded our expectations, raised several thousand dollars for the party and was a tremendous success."
POLL ROUNDUP. A brief look at recent polling by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for WMUR:
. Surveying 516 Granite Staters July 18-26, the idea of showing a government-issued ID in order to vote was favored by 65 percent, including 85 percent of self-identified Republicans, 76 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats. Just 26 percent said such an ID should not be required.
. Sen. Shaheen: favorable 53 percent (down from 59 percent in April); unfavorable 23 percent.
. Potential challenger Jeb Bradley, the former U.S. Representative and current state Senate majority leader, favorable 29 percent, unfavorable 19 percent, while 46 percent did not know enough about him to say.
. Sen. Ayotte's approval rating is 41 percent (down from 50 percent in April); 32 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her.
. Likely Republican challenger and former Rep. Frank Guinta has a 27 percent favorable and an unfavorable of 36 percent.
. Potential Kuster Republican challenger Bill O'Brien, the former New Hampshire House speaker, has a 22 percent favorable, a 25 percent unfavorable and a lot who don't know him.
John DiStaso is senior political reporter of the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @jdistaso.
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