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N.H. Candidates Spar over Women's Issues and Business Concerns

In New Hampshire, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, no doubt looking to up turn-out among women, attacked Republican Scott Brown saying he’s “untrustworthy on women’s issues, such as abortion rights”. 

Brown returned fire by highlighting her support for ObamaCare, which many view as having hurt small business and the middle class.

Brown is banking on economic issues as the race ramps up and toward November.

In Pembroke Monday morning, Brown kicked off his “Better Jobs for All” tour at a tractor dealership surrounded by John Deere equipment. He picked up the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, which bills itself as the country’s leading small business association.

For her part, clearly Shaheen is focused on gender issues. She leads among women and turn out there could be pivotal in her attempt to hold onto her seat in what’s generally viewed as a down year for Democrats.

In Manchester Monday afternoon, Shaheen kicked off her “A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust” tour at a restaurant surrounded by supporters holding signs such as “Women Count. Vote PRO-CHOICE.” She picked up the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Action Committee, which backs candidates who support abortion rights.

She listened intently as supporters lauded what they described as Shaheen’s longtime and tireless fight for women’s reproductive rights. And she worked to build a sharp contrast with her GOP rival.

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