State of New Hampshire Archives: on Principles & Values


Derek Dextraze: God should be left at church, not state

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere?"

A: Strongly Oppose - I think God should be left at church, not state.

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Bernie Sanders: My spirituality: we are all in this together

Q: What do you say to voters who see faith as a guiding principle in their lives, and want it to be a guiding principle for this country?

SANDERS: It's a guiding principle in my life, absolutely, it is. You know, everybody practices religion in a different way. To me, I would not be here tonight, I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings. I believe that, as a human being, the pain that one person feels, if we have children who are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can't afford their prescription drugs, you know what, that impacts you, that impacts me. And I worry very much about a society where some people spiritually say, "it doesn't matter to me, I got it, I don't care about other people." So my spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me. That's my very strong spiritual feeling.

Source: 2016 N.H. CNN Democratic Town Hall Feb 3, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Progressives don't have SuperPACs with $15M from Wall Street

Q: A lot of your supporters expressed their belief that Hillary Clinton was not a progressive, when she said this after the Iowa Caucuses:

CLINTON [videotape]: It is rare that we have the opportunity we do now to have a real contest of ideas. To really think hard about what the Democratic Party stands for and what we want the future of our country to look like if we do our part to build it. I am a progressive who gets things done for people.

SANDERS: Secretary Clinton has a long and distinguished public career. I served with her in the Senate. We worked together on some issues. But there are other issues where I think she is just not progressive. I do not know any progressive who has a superPAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street. Secretary Clinton voted to go to war in Iraq. Secretary Clinton has been a supporter of various trade policies, NAFTA and PNTR with China. For a long time, Secretary Clinton was talking about the benefits of the Keystone pipeline. That's just not progressive.

Source: 2016 N.H. CNN Democratic Town Hall Feb 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton: I plead guilty to being a moderate

Q: Are you really a progressive? In the past you have said you plead guilty to being a moderate.

CLINTON: And I said that I'm a progressive who likes to get things done.

Q: Senator Sanders was asked if you were progressive:

SANDERS [videotape]: I served with Secretary Clinton in the Senate. We worked together on some issues. But there are other issues where I think she is just not progressive. I do not know any progressive who has a superPAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street.

CLINTON: I was somewhat amused that Senator Sanders has set himself up to be the gatekeeper on who is the progressive because under the definition that was flying around on Twitter and statements by the campaign, Barack Obama would not be a progressive. And I don't think it's appropriate that if Planned Parenthood endorses me or the Human Rights Campaign endorses me, they're thrown out of the progressive wing. Let's have a good contest of ideas. Let's contrast where we stand. And that's what I intend to do.

Source: 2016 N.H. CNN Democratic Town Hall Feb 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton: President's job: keep families safe; make economy grow

The American president has to both keep our families safe and make the economy grow in a way that helps everyone, not just those at the top. That's the job. I have a strategy to combat and defeat ISIS without getting us involved in another ground war, and I have plans to raise incomes and deal with a lot of the problems that keep families up at night.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: Turn to Bill for special missions, not White House china

The role has been defined by each person who's held it. Mrs. Obama has been a terrific leader when it comes to young people's health. With respect to my husband, I am probably going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners. But I will turn to him as prior presidents have for special missions, for advice, and in particular, how we're going to get the economy working again for everybody, which he knows a little bit about.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Don't give up our freedoms for a promise of security

We should never give up our privacy or our freedoms in exchange for a promise of security. We need to figure this out together. We need to speak to what unites us as a people; freedom of worship, freedom of religion, freedom of expression. We should never be convinced to give up those freedoms in exchange for a promise of greater security; especially from someone as untried and as incompetent as Donald Trump.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Jon Lavoie: Indifferent on whether God applies to public sphere

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Indifferent.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

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