Exclusive — Gen. Don Bolduc: New Hampshire Needs ‘An Outsider Who’s Not Bought and Paid For’

United States Special Operations Command Africa Commander Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc pauses while speaking to members of the media outside the U.S. Embassy in Chad in N'Djamena, Chad, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Power is traveling to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to highlight the growing threat Boko Haram poses to the …
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Former U.S. Army General Don Bolduc, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, blasted Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in an interview with Breitbart News and said New Hampshire voters should support him because he is “an outsider who’s not bought and paid for.”


Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle opened the interview by asking Bolduc about his thoughts on Senate Democrats’ latest reconciliation bill, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Bolduc told Boyle, “We’ve seen this movie before, and it never ends well, and it hasn’t ended well.”

“And we have the Biden administration, with the full support of Senator Hassan, almost 100% of the time voting to what? Undermine our energy independence, create inflation, make our borders insecure, cost Granite Staters and Americans millions and billions of dollars,” Bolduc said. “It’s totally irresponsible, they’re weak, feckless, dangerous, and hugely expensive.”

Stopping excessive government spending is a priority to Bolduc, who started the “hell no to spending caucus.”

He criticized Hassan for being a part of the establishment that has made life unbearable for most Americans.

“Maggie Hassan for the last 40 years in politics as a state senator, a governor, and now five and a half miserable years for Granite Staters,” he said. “She does nothing but increase the size of government, increase taxes, and is very irresponsible in her spending, although she claims otherwise.”

Bolduc distinguished himself from his opponent by touting his status as an outsider candidate who is not bought and paid for by big money organizations.

“I am the right candidate because, one, I’m an outsider. I’m not bought and paid for the establishment across the board,” Bolduc said.

Bolduc also highlighted the policies he plans to advocate for if elected to the Senate this fall.

He said:

I’m not going down there to work for any individual Senator, I’m not going down there to work for any individual party, although I am a Republican, I’m going down into work for Granite Staters, and the American people and do the right common sense things, to get our economy back to where it needs to be, because we are weak, and it just takes common sense to just reverse the energy policies, reverse the border policies.

“You need a common sense person who’s an outsider, who’s not bought and paid for, I don’t take money from Big Pharma, Big Education, Big Med, Big Tech. And and so I’m going to be an independent Senator down there,” Bolduc said. “And that’s how I’m going to operate, because I’m not going to have them waiting for me in my office before I even get sworn in.”

Bolduc discussed his time in the military, where he served 36 years in the U.S. Army and did ten tours in Afghanistan and Africa.

Bolduc went to military basic training less than two weeks after graduating high school and worked his way from the bottom “all the way up to general, both in Afghanistan and in Africa.”

He said:

You know, from private to Sergeant, I served in the fourth ID and in the 82nd airborne division as an enlisted soldier. I cut my teeth there from the bottom up and decided that I would go to college. And it was the Green to Gold program through the Massachusetts National Guard. And, you know, going from enlisted to Lieutenant Green to Gold. Gold Bar got commissioned in 1988. Within two years, I had passed Special Forces selection. And I was off into the Q Course.

Bolduc said the 72 troops he lost in service are his “‘why for service every single day.”

While serving in the Army, Bolduc told those above him “what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear.”

He also talked about standing up to former President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, Denis McDonough, when the administration changed their Afghanistan strategy.

“And I told him, I said, Hey, you change strategy now, and you’ll never get Afghanistan back. And of course, that’s exactly what happened as soon as Biden became president,” Bolduc said.

While talking about foreign policy, Bolduc mentioned that President Joe Biden’s recent killing of terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri was not comparable to the “big kill” that former President Donald Trump had when he killed Iran’s Qasem Soleimani.

“So this guy has had a huge influence over this, but he’s been relatively ineffective. He’s not the big kill that  the Trump administration did, you know, taking on Iran like that,” Bolduc said. “Oh, do you know how many times we’ve wanted to do that? Right, but we couldn’t do it. And then, you know, Trump comes in and says, Hey, we gotta get rid of this guy. And boom, we get rid of them.”

Bolduc said the messaging from corporate media surrounding al-Zawahiri’s killing is “just a bunch of administrative, administration propaganda by the National Security Council coordinator of misinformation, Admiral Kirby.”

Breitbart News Saturday airs on SiriusXM Patriot 125 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter


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