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Senate race in the granite.
-- is heating up now it's Republican Kelley -- -- leads democratic congressman Paul Hodes 51 to 44%.
The candidates faced off in the debate this week which focused on the bush tax cuts and the soaring deficit we're joined now by former New Hampshire content.
A candidate Kelly and now we reach out to your opponent congressman hodes but no response good morning -- -- -- Good morning Gretchen.
-- he had this debate and of course the hot topic was the whole issue of the tax cuts.
What do you make now the situation on Capitol Hill that they're going to defer a vote on this until after the midterm elections.
What I -- they get it as a lack of leadership because.
The Democrats are looking to raise taxes and this is the last time we should be raising taxes were a -- that economic situation.
And yet they have failed to step up and vote.
These making sure that we can crates and certainly for -- small businesses.
-- your opponents who -- face off within less than forty days now congressman hodes.
Here's what he had to say about that.
Keeping tax cuts for the wealthiest would add 700 billion dollars in nearly double the federal deficit.
It is simply reckless and fiscally irresponsible to allow the tax cuts to go on to the top 2%.
Well my response is his first instinct is to raise taxes.
On our small businesses at a time when we need them to put people to work.
I wanna cut spending.
The federal government is -- -- -- spending too much money and got a very different velocity than him I'm gonna cut spending in Washington.
So that we can make sure that we have lower taxes on our small businesses and essentially those tax cuts that he's talking about is -- 300 million dollar hit on businesses here in New Hampshire and individuals.
Let me talk a little bit about something else for a moment because you -- the beneficiary of what's being called the Palin effect.
Sarah Palin endorsed you and -- -- a very nail biter primary race which you came out on top but what was the effect for -- him.
-- -- was proud to have governor Palin's endorsement.
She's a strong.
Conservative leader in this country and it helped me very much in the primary.
What do you make of the fact that it seems to be the year of the woman.
In politics we're seeing more and more women who are not only entering races but the winning them at least becoming the candidate.
We've got some great strong women running throughout the country and so I think it's a new generation of leadership in this country.
Finally let's go back to the whole tax debate because let's say that you win the election in November.
Let's say -- more Republicans win and take over the house and senate.
Then what's gonna happen to the whole tax situation do you think that they would wait until the Republicans were in power in January to decide what to do.
Well I think that the Republicans are going to act as soon as they can to make sure.
That tax increases don't come on individuals and businesses so that we can help our economy.
Whether that occurs in January or that occurs in December I know the Republicans will be fighting.
To make sure that tax increases don't come on our small businesses and individuals in this country and so far at least 34 members of the house -- -- Democrats.
Agree with you a Kelly I eight got okay -- got it right now got right.
Sorry that's -- name but I'm getting it now Kelley eight got she's running for the Senate.
In New Hampshire as a Republican thanks for being our guest today thanks so much -- and appreciate it.
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