Bret Stephens is concerned about the isolationist foreign policy being adopted by the Obama administration and looks at that in his book “America in Retreat.”
Mark Leibovich discusses his new book “Citizens of the Green Room” and Chris tells some stories from the NH primary campaign trail.
The Celtics have been exciting, yet frustrating early in the season. Radio analyst Cedric Maxwell talked to Chris about the team.
As scientists debate whether or not to clone the wooly mammoth and bring it back to life, Chris says a revenue opportunity for the State of New Hampshire by opening a preserve in Coos County.
Annie Kuster, who won reelection to the Second Congressional District, gave her impressions of the 2014 election. She agreed that New Hampshire voters are independent minded. Many voters split their tickets by voting Democrat on the top of the ticket for governor, senator, or congress; and Republican for many of the state offices. Republican Frank Guinta won in the First Congressional District. Republicans have a majority of the seats in the Executive Council and in the State House and Senate.
Kuster believes that the voters returned some incumbents because they valued the body of work done by Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and herself. She also felt that fairness and economic development were the two factors which contributed to the Democratic victories. The shrinking of the middle class and a decrease of buying power were major concerns with New Hampshire voters. Another concern is governmental gridlock. Kuster predicts that Democrat candidates who are true to their convictions but willing to work with the Republicans might have a winning formula to connect with voter. In the wake of a Republican wave throughout the rest of the country, New Hampshire might provide a template for a national Democratic victory in 2016.
When asked about President Obama’s threat to use executive action to impose immigration reform, Kuster placed blame at the feet of Speaker John Boehner. A comprehensive immigration bill has passed the Senate, but the Speaker has refused to bring the bill to a vote. She also believes that there are enough bi-partisan votes to pass the bill. The bill deals with controlling the borders and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants who could be paying taxes. She believes that the president and the speaker are playing politics with this important issue. She also stated that many representatives come from areas not affected by immigration and they are influencing the Speaker to delay a vote on the issue.
Comedian Bob Marley and Chris talk about the issues of the day ahead of his double-header show at the Capital Center for the Arts on Saturday night.
Now that we have caught our breath from the “off year” election on 2014. It’s time to assess what happened and how it will affect the presidential election in 2016. New Hampshire and Iowa are about to be invaded by a host of Democrat and Republican hopefuls.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house and presidential candidate spoke frankly with Chris about the 2014 and 2016 elections. Gingrich believes that the election was a repudiation of the president’s policies. The former speaker believes that Pres. Obama does not have the ability to negotiate and deal with Congress like Bill Clinton was able to do. Pres. Clinton had been a governor and knew how to compromise and make deals. Obama is like Woodrow Wilson–a college professor who grades the class and is not evaluated by the class.
Newt Gingrich is also a prolific writer. He has authored or co-authored over 20 books since 1982. His most recent book is entitled “Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate.”
The premise of the book is that America is poised for a breakout in a number of ways due to new technologies if we can escape from the regulatory bureaucracies–the prison guards. Gingrich points to technology like the ATM machine which gets you cash in 11 seconds anywhere in the world. However, the Pentagon is still based on mid twentieth century technology–typewriters and carbon paper. That’s why it takes a veteran 277 days to get his records from the defense department to the Veterans’ Administration. When he was asked if he was considering another run for president, Gingrich said that he was keeping his options open and acknowledged that in his opinion the Republican field was full with many excellent candidates. Newt made an assessment of Senators Cruz and Paul. The former Speaker characterized Ted Cruz as the most brash and Rand Paul as the most methodically bold. He describes these two men as idea people who can move the political discussion to important issues facing the country. Gingrich also believes that the American people who are tired of gridlock and Pres. Obama’s perceived lack of administrative talent may look toward one of the Republican governors. Kasich, Walker, Jindal, Perry, etc. can point to their getting things done in their respective states. He describes them as implementation people. Gingrich then took shots at the presumptive Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton. In his view, she couldn’t run the State Department, didn’t know what was going on in Benghazi, was wrong on her dealings with Russia, and can’t point to any accomplishments in her own right. In contrast, the Republican party can offer candidates with bold ideas and solid accomplishments.
Chris also spoke with Newt’s wife, Callista Gingrich. She has written a series of four historical books for young readers. The books which are targeted for children from age 4-8 are narrated by a lovable character named Ellis the Elephant. Her most recent book is about the Lewis and Clark expedition called “From Sea to Shining Sea.”
Callista Gingrich is concerned that many children lack a knowledge of American history. She cited a recent study that 20% of fourth graders, 17% of eighth grade students, and only 11% of high school seniors had a grade level proficiency of American history. In her series, the goals are for the books to be patriotic and positive stories about the story of our country–not Republican or conservative propaganda. Her next book entitled “Oh, Say, Can You See?” comes out next year. It will be about the frequently overlooked War of 1812.
Why did we see the election results we did in NH? Who’re the key GOP contenders in 2016? Does Rick Perry have a shot? The state’s top political mind has the answers.
So what happened and why on Election Day in NH? Chris analyzes the results with NEC professor Wayne Lesperance and Josiah Bartlett President Charlie Arlinghaus.
Candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan joins Chris for a closing argument interview to make her final pitch to undecided NH Voters.