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Chris Ryan and Walt Havenstein, 2014 Republican candidate for NH governor sat down at The Barley House for an in-depth discussion of the issues with former New York Governor George Pataki. The governor is considering a run for president. Before George Pataki arrived, Chris Ryan and Walt Havenstein evaluated the Republican field of candidates. Both agreed that it’s early in the process, so we will see what issues the candidates consider to be important and which common themes are developed. They predicted that foreign policy and national security will be the major issues.
George Pataki was a three term governor of New York. He has been out of office since 2006. That’s why the first question was why is he running now. Pataki stated that he is compelled to run now because he feels that the United States is in terrible shape, both globally an in Washington, D.C. He stated that government has grown too big, too intrusive, too expensive, and unable to perform its most basic mission–to provide for the safety of our people. As an example, he described the recent rise of terrorist groups like ISIS. Pataki was governor of New York on 9/11 which was an experience that he doesn’t want to live through again. This led to a discussion of his foreign policy views and as a state governor the extent of his experience in this field. Pataki echoed the Reagan policy of peace through strength. He stated that he is not a war monger and had two sons serve in the military. However, the United States has to lead. Otherwise, our allies don’t believe that they can rely on us and our enemies won’t fear us. He would favor building up our military and using allies in the Middle East region to destroy the bases of groups like ISIS. As governor of New York, Pataki frequently met with world leaders and diplomats in New York City at the United Nations. In addition, after leaving office, Pataki served one year as the United States Public Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. Chris wanted to know how he would go about building up the military. Pataki would pay for the increases by cutting down the size and scope of the federal government by 15%. He believes that our government has lost sight of its basic goal of providing for our common defense because government tries to do too much. Walt Havenstein, with a veiled reference to Senator Rand Paul, asked Governor Pataki how engaged the United States should be in world affairs. The governor sees two models that have been tried unsuccessfully: 1) our trillion dollar attempts at nation building in Iraq and basing huge numbers of troops; 2) our sitting back and “monitoring” terrorist groups and not fear the consequences. The result was that Al-Qaeda–without the financing, western recruits, and social media advantages of ISIS–was able to perpetrate a variety of horrible terrorist attacks, including 9/11. Pataki refused to discuss the foreign policy views of the other Republican candidates. He prefers to discuss the Obama foreign policies or Hillary Clinton’s failures as Secretary of State. Pataki thinks that president’s foreign policy shortcomings are as follows: Obama is unable to describe ISIS and the others as Islamic terrorists; he draws lines in the sand and then does nothing; he gives Yemen as an example of success in the region and then a month later it collapsed; states that we won’t use force which then confounds our allies; and Obama’s and Hilary’s reset with Russia is another mistake in a long list of foreign policy failures.
The second half of the interview dealt with domestic issues. Governor Pataki sees that there are three key problems facing the country. For the first time in his memory, Americans are not optimistic about the future. This is a total reversal of the American parents outlook that life would be improving for their children. He contends that government needs to stop stealing from the future in order to pay for programs whose purpose is to buy the support of the current generation. Next, government needs to change its role in our society. Government is the servant of the people and not its master. last, we are too divided in so many ways. Americans need to realize that we have more in common than the superficial things that divide us. The topic of American exceptionalism was brought up next. Pataki believes that our exceptionalism comes from our founding. People in other countries were given rights from the government gradually over time. In America, the people came together to form a constitution which gave limited power to the government. The people must come first and government must come second. Pataki wants the following changes made to the federal government: term limits; any laws that are passed must also be applied to congress; and members of congress will be banned from becoming lobbyists. The governor was asked about his accomplishments as the chief executive of New York. Pataki explained that he had inherited a deficit of $5 billion. He turned the economy of the Empire State around by cutting the state government’s work force by 15% and cutting taxes by $143 billion. New York is a deep blue state, but he worked effectively with the Democratic legislature. When he left office, the huge state deficit was replaced with a $4 billion surplus. In addition, the state’s credit rating had been raised, and there was an increase of 700,000 private sector jobs. He believes that implementing similar policies with the federal government will yield similar results. He believes that the president needs to show leadership. Pataki also believes social issues such as gay marriage, abortion, or common core education should not be decided in Washington. Each state should decide what is best for their state because he is against giving more power to the federal government. Pataki believes that the country is out of control because the government is not focused on its three primary goals: 1) providing for the safety and security of the people; 2) creating an economic climate that encourages large corporations and small businesses to invest and create jobs here; 3) maintain a safety net for those who are unable to achieve the American dream or to provide care for deserving citizens. For example, he mentioned the problems with providing health care for our veterans.
One part of the last segment dealt with how the Republican Party can win over working class Democrats. Pataki argued that it’s the Democrats who have been waging war against the middle class. He gave three examples–President Obama’s vetoing the Keystone Pipeline; economic conditions like high taxes and burdensome, job killing regulations; and the current state government of New York has blocked drilling for shale gas. He maintains that the Democrat Party ignores the needs of workers. Instead the party follows these policies to assuage the notions of the rich liberals on the far left wing of the party. Because we have the world’s highest corporate taxes, $2.2 trillion stays overseas instead of being invested in towns like Berlin, NH. In the last part of the interview, the governor was asked to assess the pros and cons of being out of politics for eight years. Pataki believes that it gave him a fresh perspective. It has allowed him to see the seamy side of lobbying and influence peddling. The wheeling and dealing that was employed in writing Obamacare was given as an example.
Walt and Chris then summed up the interview with Governor Pataki. Walt Havenstein felt that Pataki, as a moderate Republican, could do well in New Hampshire if he stays on a message of fiscal conservatism. Chris Ryan sees that a positive for Pataki was his ability to work effectively with the Democrat legislature in one of the bluest states.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan unveiled her budget for the next two years and joined Chris Ryan on NH Now to answer questions regarding her proposals. In a separate interview, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley discussed Governor Hassan’s proposed budget. Governor Hassan described the budget as a fiscally responsible, balanced budget without a sales or income tax. While maintaining New Hampshire’s low tax status, the governor wants to be able to accomplish the following goals: expand opportunities for middle class families; support job creating businesses; encourage innovation; and attract and retain young people in New Hampshire. In order to do achieve these goals, Governor Hassan wants to create the position Chief Operating Officer. The role of this person would be to ensure government efficiency by developing metrics to ensure that government spending would be strategic and effective. The Innovation Committee recommended that the state government go in this direction. Senate Majority Leader, Jeb Bradley, held that the governor should ultimately be the chief financial officer of the state. However, he was willing to take a wait and see approach to the creation this new post. To Bradley, it would depend on who is appointed to the post–a person whose goal is developing government efficiency (a role he could support) or a person whose goal is growing government. Governor Hassan envisions that a Chief Operating Officer would help to keep the government leaner by helping to consolidate some agencies and showing ways to share a administrative and technological resources.
Hassan pointed out that the budget allows for increased spending in the following areas: higher education, at the university and community college levels; economic development; mental health; and transportation infrastructure. This would include highways and bridges and exploring the development of light rail service to Nashua and Manchester. The governor related that two groups have been asking for rail service in southern New Hampshire–the business community and younger voters, the millennials. Jeb Bradley also had a wait and see attitude about this proposal. He was skeptical about the rosy study that was used to put forward this idea. Also, he questions why all New Hampshire taxpayers should foot the bill for a service which would be used by such a small number of people, two to three thousand people per day. That would only provide a 1 to 1 1/2 % decrease in the traffic on the main highways in that area of the state. The cost of the rail line would be about $250 million with New Hampshire’s part being $70 million. He believes that there are other more important priorities such as highway infrastructure.
Additionally, the Senate Majority Leader was concerned that Governor Hassan had “closed the door” on the possibility of business tax credits. Bradley believes that New Hampshire needs to be more competitive in this area in order to attract and keep businesses–especially, since New Hampshire has such high energy and healthcare costs. On the whole, Bradley is hopeful that a bipartisan budget can be achieved and was complimentary about some of Governor Hassan’s proposals. One major area of difficulty would be that the governor expects to add $26 million to the state’s coffers by bringing in Keno style gambling to restaurants and bars in the Granite State. Bradley described this a budget gimmick. He believes that there is only a 50-50 chance that the Keno bill be passed and that it is nearly impossible to project how much revenue it would create. Therefore, he doesn’t want such a substantial part of budget revenue to be based on this questionable source.
Carly Fiorina is very well known in the business community. In 1998, Fortune magazine named her the “most powerful woman in business.” Fiorina was #10 on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She is regarded by many as being the first woman to head up a Fortune 20 company. So far in the presidential race, she is the only person who has been the CEO of a major corporation. Ostensibly, she was here to meet with the Independent Business Council of New Hampshire.
When she was asked what New Hampshire and the United States can do to revitalize the economy, Fiorina stated that it is necessary to see what “small business” needs to be more productive. Despite her background in big business, she believes that national and state government policies are crushing the potential for new businesses to start. She added that small businesses innovate at seven times the rate of big business, create 2/3 of the new jobs, and employ 1/2 the workers. However, polls show that 70% of these entrepreneurs feel that government is “hostile” to them. Big businesses can hire accountants, lawyers and lobbyists to finesse their way around government regulations. Small businesses, on the other hand, are being crushed.
The political experts feel that Carly Fiorina would be a very viable candidate for president. She sees that one of the problems with the current political culture is that we need involvement from more private citizens–not career politicians. Fiorina agrees that the Republican party needs to expand its base by reaching out to women and other groups not usually associated with the GOP. She believes that America needs to lead in the world by having a strong, thriving economy; a military that is second to none but not necessarily used; and moral clarity and leadership. In her view, the world is a sadder and more dangerous place when the United States chooses not to lead.
She praised the primary process in New Hampshire and the seriousness which its citizens give to vetting the candidates. At this point, Carly Fiorina claims that she is still in the pausing and reflecting phase of her campaign. After she evaluates the feedback which she has received, she will decide whether to announce her candidacy.
When she was asked to evaluate the problems which have developed in the small city of Ferguson, Missouri, Senator Ayotte drew on her experience as a prosecutor here in New Hampshire. In a case in which a police officer is involved in a shooting, she said that it is always very complicated. There are many factors that have to be evaluated. No one can know all of the facts of a case like this. That’s why there is a grand jury process which was in this instance very slow and deliberative in reaching a decision.
Now that white police officer, Darren Wilson, has not been indicted for causing the death of the unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, Senator Ayotte had several constructive and conciliatory suggestions about where to go from here.
We should take a lesson from this situation and try to do the following:
1) Always look at improved training for law enforcement
2) Always understand the feelings of communities that feel disaffected
3) Always try to reach out and bring people together
Ayotte recognized the right of people to stage demonstrations in order to peacefully protest the death of Michael Brown and other concerns in the African-American community with the criminal justice system. Drawing on her experience as the New Hampshire Attorney General, she also recognized the legitimate concerns for the support and safety of law enforcement personnel. She believes that we need to learn from this tragedy and work toward healing the wounds that this incident has caused.
The senator also weighed in on the departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the qualities which will be needed in his replacement. She thanked Hagel for is service to the country, but stated that he never had a chance to break into President Obama’s National Security inner circle. His voice was never heard, so Secretary Hagel can’t be blamed for the foreign policy shortcomings of this administration. Ayotte hopes that the next defense secretary will have the right background and vision that we need to keep the country safe. In addition, the next defense secretary will need to be able to speak forcefully and honestly with President Obama and his security team. As a result of a briefing before the senate adjourned for the Thanksgiving break, Senator Ayotte is concerned about how we should deal with ISIS. She feels that the current strategy of only using a bombing campaign is not enough to deal with the threat from this dangerous group. She claims that, at best, this policy can only produce a stalemate. Also, we should be providing more support to the Kurds. They seem to be the only effective fighting group in the area. ISIS seems to be getting stronger, so we need to do something about their getting increased support by terrorists coming into and from Syria. She implied that this was one of Secretary Hagel’s points of contention with Obama’s National Security team which may have led to his leaving the administration.
In closing, Sen. Ayotte discussed why she recently gave her support to Republicans choosing Gene Chandler as the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The senator felt that Chandler did a good job as minority leader and would be able to work in concert with the senate and governor. She also took the opportunity to reach out to Bill O’Brien who has been chosen to be the next speaker.
In this segment of New Hampshire Now, Chris Ryan goes on location to report on the championship celebration by Concord’s own Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs. The broadcast also included the sites and culture of the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas. In the interview, Matt discussed the emotions of the pregame ceremonies. There was a highlight film of the 2013-2014 season and the grueling playoffs. Next came the excitement of the ring ceremony and then the hoisting of the 2014 NBA Championship Banner to the rafters of the AT&T Center. Matt and the team then had to get their emotions in check and play a tough conference rival, the Dallas Mavericks. As a starter, Matt also had the difficult assignment of guarding future hall of famer, Dirk Nowitzki. It was an exciting game with the lead see sawing back and forth. The Spurs managed a one point victory 101-100. Chris also interviewed two of Matt’s team mates–future hall of famer, Tim Duncan and emerging star, Kawhi Leonard.
No trip to San Antonio would be complete without going to the Alamo. Chris had a chance to interview Dr. Bruce Winters, the historian and curator of what Texans call the Shrine of Texas Independence. The heroic last stand during the war of the Texas Independence in 1836 is still important today. Chris and Dr. Winters discussed recent documents which have helped to shed more light on this famous, historic event. They also discussed the question, “What if the Alamo happened today and was covered by modern media and the principal actors were on modern social media?”
Next, Chris stopped at the Original Rudy’s Barbeque in Leon Springs, Texas. The interview was with grill master, Stacey who shared the fine points of slow cooking briskets and ribs. They also discussed to sauce or not to sauce. Chris related how disappointed he was that on a previous trip his bottles of Rudy’s barbeque Sauce were confiscated by airport security. Stacey claimed that the TSA agents did that so they could have the sauce for themselves, but we all can order it on line.
In the next segment, Matt reflected on his nine years with San Antonio Spurs and looked to the future of the 2014-2015 season. They also discussed the changes which have occurred in the league, such as big men like Matt who are gifted outside shooters. That was followed by an interview with Boston Celtics star, Kelly Olynyk. As you probably know this year, you can hear all of the Celtics games here on WKXL.
Republican candidate for governor, Walt Havenstein, stopped in at the Barley House in Concord, NH to discuss campaign issues with Chris Ryan.
The race for governor has narrowed to only an 8% gap between Republican candidate, Walt Havenstein, and the incumbent, Governor Maggie Hassan. The GOP’s candidate believes that concern about the state’s economy is a major cause for his gaining ground in the opinion polls. Havenstein cited that New Hampshire’s high corporate taxes are the highest in the region and third in the United States. Because of his business background, he believes that he can improve the business climate and then that will bring more jobs and better paying jobs to the Granite State. The Republican challenger attributed the state’s increased energy prices to short (two year) term planning and a willingness to accept regional rather than New Hampshire based solutions. Walt Havenstein graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983. Then he worked for several companies in the aerospace industry.
When he was asked about attack ads which label him as a “Failed CEO,” Havenstein defended his work at SAIC Science Applications International Corporation. He stated that when he stepped down from that post he was praised by the chairman of the board of SAIC for his business acumen and leadership skills. He countered that several Concord politicians have described Maggie Hassan’s management style as not “bipartisan” but rather as “toxic.” Havenstein claims that in the Marine Corp and in his business experience he was skilled at team building and working effectively with strong, diverse personalities.
This is Walt Havenstein’s first venture into politics; and, despite having his reputation banged up a bit, he is enjoying the experience.
Havenstein also addressed crisis management as it pertains to situations like the current Ebola problem. He believes that communication is key. People need to know what the problem is, what is being done, what is the state of preparedness to deal with the problem, and what will be done if the situation changes. He mentioned that he has had some experience with handling disasters which affected his company–tornadoes in Alabama and Katrina in Louisiana. When he was asked about whether New Hampshire has a spending problem or a revenue problem? Havenstein attributed the problem to a lack of planning. To him, preparing a budget must include a true bipartisan approach and a long term integrated economic plan. Priorities of education, transportation, etc. should be aligned with the plan. The candidate ended with an appeal to voters that New Hampshire’s economic problems are the result of ten years of Democrat governorship.
Tuesday, October 27th will be the opening night in the NBA. The start of a new season for the fans of most NBA teams is exciting because a new season brings hope for success. For Concord New Hampshire’s Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs, opening night is a time to celebrate by hoisting another championship banner to the rafters of the AT&T Arena and by giving out gaudy championship rings. The players, coaches and fans will bask in the glow of their accomplishments. But after the celebration, the 2013-14 season will officially become history. There will be a game to play with a strong divisional interstate rival, the Dallas Mavericks. The champions must begin defense of the title.
It will be interesting to see how Coach Popovich will navigate this team through the grueling regular season with aging stars like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. How will he integrate emerging stars like Kawai Leonard and Patty Mills into the lineup? Armchair coaches will be focused on how Gregg Popovich proves again that he is the best coach in the NBA.
Matt discussed one of the main reasons for the success of the Spurs–ageless wonder, Tim Duncan. Mr. Fundamental, as he is known in the NBA, is entering his seventeenth year in the league. Everyone wonders how Tim is able to play at such a high level for so long? Matt, who has been with the Spurs since 2005, is continually amazed by Duncan’s work ethic and durability.
Next, Chris interviewed Celtics big man, Kelly Olynyk. The second year player discussed the upcoming season. You can catch all the Celtic games here on WKXL. That interview was followed by a chat with former Manchester Monarch, Marc-Andre Cliche. He is now starring for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
In the final segment of the show, Matt and Chris discussed the teams in the powerful Western Division of the NBA that will be threats to the Spurs repeating as champions. The teams in the Eastern Division were also evaluated. They also discussed what makes a successful coach in the NBA. Can college coaches like Brad Stevens, the second year Celtics’ coach, make the jump to a “players league” like the NBA? Can NBA players transition smoothly to coaching guys that they played with? Is it important for a coach to have experience as an NBA player?
Bernie Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, has been a frequent visitor to the Granite State. Sanders is considered an independent; but he caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments. While campaigning here for Democrat candidates, there has been considerable interest for his candidacy for president in 2016.
Voters seem to be reacting favorably to the way that Senator Sanders hammers away at economic issues like the shrinking of the middle class, the increased income division between rich and poor, and the continued problem of US corporations taking jobs overseas. In order to insure that these issues are part of the discussion with the 2016 Democrat candidates, Sanders is considering a run for president. The challenges of fundraising and developing an organization for an independent candidate for president are daunting, but Bernie Sanders is interested in taking on that struggle.
Senator Sanders believes that the media needs to pay more attention to economic issues like the closing of 50,000 factories in the United States in the last 15 years or the fact that American workers have increased their productivity but their wages have not kept pace. Sanders also questions why the Obama administration let Wall Street big shots get away with causing so much damage to the lives of the American people. In the interview, he also blamed the Republicans in the House and Senate for blocking necessary legislation to raise the minimum wage, college affordability, pay equity, and climate change.
When Senator Sanders was asked about what could be done about the projected increased rates for electricity in New Hampshire, he stated that climate change is real and that we must increase energy conservation and renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass.
Senator Rand Paul, who many think will be a major candidate for president in 2016, made a number of campaign stops and even did some calling for Republican candidates. He sat down for an interview with Chris Ryan in Salem, NH. Their discussion covered a wide variety of topics. Sen. Paul was critical of the Clinton legacy and Barack Obama’s policies. He was very outspoken about his potential 2016 rivals.
“If Bill Clinton was the CEO of a public company he would have been fired for his behavior in the White House.” He described the Clintons as being “Yesterday’s news” and that people were tired of their hypocrisy. He also used the Monica Lewinsky episode to dispute the Democrat claim that the Republicans have waged a war against women.
Senator Paul said that Barack Obama’s arrogance is helping Republican candidates across the country and in New Hampshire. “People sense that the country is going in the wrong direction.” He also discussed the racial problems in Ferguson, MO and how the Democrat party has let down the African-American community. Paul has a plan to lower taxes in places like Detroit in order to raise their economies out of poverty.
Before entering politics, Rand Paul was a practicing doctor of Ophthalmology. He is very concerned with how the Ebola Outbreak is being mishandled. Again he describes arrogance as a cause of the continuous misstatements and retractions by the CDC, Center for Disease Control, and the Obama administration. Paul feels that they have tried too hard to downplay fear while not being forthright about the seriousness of this disease and the ease with which it can be spread.”The fact is that we are still learning about this disease.”
Senator Paul has a Libertarian and Tea Party background. To win the presidency, he will have to find a way to reach people from outside these groups while keeping his base. When he was asked how he could lead while deconstructing the presidency, Senator Paul called for the Congress to take back the powers and checks and balances intended by the framers of the Constitution.
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