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Later, in a huddle with reporters, he was asked if that statement constituted his version of "The Pledge."
"Sure," he said, "but that's puffery as far as I'm concerned. The real question is will I support policies that will maintain the ability to have that pledge, or will I support things that will inevitably challenge our ability to have that pledge."
"If you think about it in the context of just the pledge," he said. "There is a lot more to that commitment to not have a broadbased tax in this state."
"He takes The Pledge very seriously," said one adviser. "He used the term 'puffery' to make the point that it's meaningless to take The Pledge if you support policies which lead to it by default. In other words, he takes it so seriously, that he not only took The Pledge, but is also pledging to oppose any policy which might lead to a broad-based tax."
Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen got the jump on the April 15 Federal Election Commission reporting deadline for the first quarter of 2014, and revealed her numbers last week, showing $1.5 million raised by her reelection campaign in the three-month period, and $4.3 million cash on hand.
The Brown campaign was quick to point out that the money was raised in just two weeks.
Here's the campaign spin: "Shaheen raised $1.538 million last quarter. Her best yet. Over 12 weeks, that's $128,167 a week, so Scott outpaced her."
Other filings are still pouring in to the FEC.
President Barack Obama's job approval rating in New Hampshire is now at the lowest point of his presidency, according to a Granite State Poll released earlier in the week, sponsored by WMUR and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, also polled poorly, with only 37 percent of New Hampshire adults surveyed in favor of the legislation, 51 percent opposed, and 12 percent neutral or uninformed.
In another poll released on Wednesday, the Survey Center took aim at the gubernatorial race and reported that a majority of Granite Staters approve of the job Maggie Hassan is doing as governor.
Of those responding to the April 1-9 survey, 59 percent say they approve of the job Hassan is doing; 20 percent disapprove and 22 percent are neutral or don't know enough to have an opinion.
Hassan's approval rating increased from 51 percent in the last poll taken in January.
The poll shows that the two Republicans vying in the September primary to face Hassan in November have a long way to go to build name recognition with voters. Political activist Andrew Hemingway of Bristol and former BAE executive Walt Havenstein of Alton have officially entered the race, but barely registered with the voters polled.
More than 80 percent of the respondents knew little or nothing about both candidates.
The state Legislature gets far better approval ratings that the U.S. Congress, with 50 percent of respondents approving of the job lawmakers are doing in Concord, compared to 33 percent who disapprove.
New Hampshire residents continue to believe the state is headed in the right direction, according to the survey, as 62 percent agree with that statement, while 30 percent think the state is seriously off on the wrong track.
The most important problem facing the state is the economy, cited by 23 percent of those surveyed. Taxes, health care and education all trailed in the single digits.
U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has jumped into the fray over the narrow provider network Anthem has created for New Hampshire residents who purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange at healthcare.gov.
Sevigny was supposed to decide this week on a date for the hearing, but instead gave Anthem until April 22 to respond to McCarthy's latest arguments.
“Obamacare’s uncertainty is preventing local companies like Central Paper from reaching their full potential, creating jobs and keeping the economy growing,” said Brown. “When their costs go up, so does the cost for their customers — it’s a chain reaction that negatively impacts too many people. This law never should have been rammed through, and it wouldn’t have been the law of the land without Senator Shaheen’s tie-breaking vote.”
Central Paper Products employs more than 50 people in Manchester, providing a variety of products and supplies to various industries ranging from food services to health care.
“The uncertainty coming out of Washington is troubling for business owners as we must account for the increased cost of health care and higher taxes," said Marketing Manager Fred Kfoury, III.
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