Debate audience laughs at Senator Shaheen for her answer on whether she thinks Obama is doing a good job

The dilemma of Democratic Senate incumbents in a nutshell:

Senator Shaheen fails to give a coherent answer to the question of whether she supports the president because either way, she's screwed.

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When asked to give a simple, yes or no response to a hypothetical pollster asking, “do you approve of the job President Obama is doing?” Shaheen responded, “in some ways I approve, and some things I don't approve,” a line that caused the audience to start laughing.  She continued “like most questions that we deal with as policymakers there aren’t simple answers, yes or no.”

Shaheen was then asked how she could reconcile voting with the president 99% of the time and President Obama’s low approval rating in New Hampshire.   She stated “I work for New Hampshire. And Scott Brown talks a lot about one survey and 99% of the time that I voted with the president,” before talking about her record getting a prison in New Hampshire opened, her work with residents who were facing foreclosure, and language she added to a veterans’ reform bill with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). 

She then concluded, “what we need is a senator who’s going to work for New Hampshire, who;s going to make sure we address the concerns we hear from our constituents, who’s going to be willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, anybody in Washington who can help us get the job done for this state.”

Perhaps more than any other Senate race in the country, Republicans have tried to nationalize this contest and make President Obama the issue. It appears to be working for Scott Brown, who, after trailing Shaheen by double digits during the summer, has fought back to come within striking distance.

A supreme effort to turn out New Hampshire Republicans on election day will give Brown a real chance at the upset. And if he does pull it off, Brown has Shaheen herself to thank for the victory. The candidate can't have it both ways on supporting the president and her answers during this debate will only muddle her position further.

The dilemma of Democratic Senate incumbents in a nutshell:

Senator Shaheen fails to give a coherent answer to the question of whether she supports the president because either way, she's screwed.

Breitbart:

When asked to give a simple, yes or no response to a hypothetical pollster asking, “do you approve of the job President Obama is doing?” Shaheen responded, “in some ways I approve, and some things I don't approve,” a line that caused the audience to start laughing.  She continued “like most questions that we deal with as policymakers there aren’t simple answers, yes or no.”

Shaheen was then asked how she could reconcile voting with the president 99% of the time and President Obama’s low approval rating in New Hampshire.   She stated “I work for New Hampshire. And Scott Brown talks a lot about one survey and 99% of the time that I voted with the president,” before talking about her record getting a prison in New Hampshire opened, her work with residents who were facing foreclosure, and language she added to a veterans’ reform bill with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). 

She then concluded, “what we need is a senator who’s going to work for New Hampshire, who;s going to make sure we address the concerns we hear from our constituents, who’s going to be willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, anybody in Washington who can help us get the job done for this state.”

Perhaps more than any other Senate race in the country, Republicans have tried to nationalize this contest and make President Obama the issue. It appears to be working for Scott Brown, who, after trailing Shaheen by double digits during the summer, has fought back to come within striking distance.

A supreme effort to turn out New Hampshire Republicans on election day will give Brown a real chance at the upset. And if he does pull it off, Brown has Shaheen herself to thank for the victory. The candidate can't have it both ways on supporting the president and her answers during this debate will only muddle her position further.