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New Hampshire Open Debate

Search and vote for questions on issues that are important to you! NH1 will host two Open Debates: one for gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern on 10/26, and one for Senate candidates Maggie Hassan and Kelly Ayotte on 10/27. 50% of questions will come from the Top 30 vote-getters on this site! NOTE: Questions must not name or allude to candidates and must be able to be posed to both candidates.
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What are your plans to reform campaign finance laws, eg ending Citizens United?

The cost of electing our officials has increased astronomically thanks in large part to large inidividual and corporate donors, especially since Citizens United.

Submitted by: Lewis A. from NH
Oct. 12, 2016, 7:02 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Will you support background checks for all gun purchases?

Polls show that 75% of the American people support background checks for all gun purchases including gun shows and on the Internet. Over 30,000 die each year from gun violence.

Submitted by: Jeanne M. from MA
Oct. 14, 2016, 6:48 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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How do you plan to reduce big corporate interests' control of Washington, D.C.?

Large corporations currently control our federal government more than citizens due to high priced lobbyists and quid pro quo hiring of former government officials by those corporations.

Submitted by: Gerald E. from WA
Oct. 14, 2016, 6:35 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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What would you do to stop special interest money from corrupting our democracy?

A strong majority of Americans agree that our democracy is corrupted by special interest money, and want reform. Ask the candidates what they would do to restore government of, by, and for the people.

Submitted by: Angela Y. from VA
Oct. 14, 2016, 6:28 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Are you in favor of expanding Social Security's modest benefits?

Many older and disabled Americans depend on Social Security as their only source of income. Because of the way inflation is measured, we have not had a COLA increase this year. This is a problem.

Submitted by: Dina-Michel B. from NH
Oct. 14, 2016, 11:09 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Do you support overturning Citizens United and getting big $ out of politics?

According to a September 2015 Bloomberg poll, 78% of people believed citizens united should be overturned. A majority of Americans believe big money has no place in the American political system.

Submitted by: Logan M. from NY
Oct. 14, 2016, 6:43 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for gubernatorial candidates
1496

Would you support legislation to limit Congress' pay to the # of days worked?

Congress spends more time on vacation and not showing up for votes than actually working for their constituents. They should be docked for missing votes.

Submitted by: Suzanne O. from IL
Oct. 17, 2016, 5 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Would you push a U.S. Constitution amendment that corporations are not people?

The so-called "Citizens United" decision holds that corporations are people. Big corporations therefore have more monetary influence on our representatives than people, which undermines our democracy.

Submitted by: Andrea R. from CA
Oct. 17, 2016, 8:35 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Do you support raising the minimum wage?

The current minimum wage is not a living wage. It is ridiculous for full time workers to need public assistance. Do you support raising the wage to a living wage?

Submitted by: gale s. from MS
Oct. 14, 2016, 6:28 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Would you be in favor of term limits for elected legislators? Why, or why not?

There is a groundswell of support for limiting the terms for Senators and Congressmen. Article V of the Const. covers the ratification process, and Art. I covers how often we elect legislators.

Submitted by: Kent D. from NH
Oct. 13, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
1033

How will you save Medicare and Social Security?

I have been on disability & Medicare since 2010. Prices of everything around me is going up except my income. Barely make bills.

Submitted by: Robin S. from AZ
Oct. 17, 2016, 9:03 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for gubernatorial candidates
1449

What will you do about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs?

Medicare should be allowed to put the medications out for bids, just like the VA does. Personal re-importation should be allowed to help control costs.

Submitted by: John C.
Oct. 14, 2016, 8:44 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
1372

Would you promise not to tack unrelated topics onto important bills in Congress.

Pork barrel requests and other topics that could not pass on their own are often tacked onto important bills that must be passed. Would you try to end this process.

Submitted by: Karen H. from FL
Oct. 16, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
951

How would you help consumers & their doctors take back control of medical care?

It seems that Insurance Companies make medical care decisions rather than MDs and their patients. What would you do to return decisions to patients? Ins. Co. mandating meds, opposing treatment, etc.

Submitted by: Loren S. from NH
Oct. 17, 2016, 3:16 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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50% of Americans are in/near poverty, what will you do to fix wealth inequality

The IRS reports that the highest wage in the bottom half of earners is about $34,000. To be eligible for food assistance, a family can earn up to 130% of the federal poverty line, or about $30,000.

Submitted by: Peter R. from NH
Oct. 12, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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What will you do to protect Social Security?

It's not an entitlement, working people and their employers pay into the account for the individual's retirement income. It's not for the Federal Govt. to dip into for other purposes

Submitted by: John M. from NH
Oct. 13, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
1003

What will you do to increase Social Security/Disability payments?

Too many retirees and disabled are living in abject poverty. Too many are homeless, contributing to rapid deterioration of their health. This is a national disgrace.

Submitted by: Sandy R. from CA
Oct. 17, 2016, 2:25 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
1085

What will you do to make sure the ultra rich pay their fair share of taxes?

The tax rate for the richest Americans is the lowest in 30 years. A consistent rich in income inequality has followed the trend of lowering taxes for the rich thus creating and oligarchic society

Submitted by: Austin F. from MI
Oct. 15, 2016, 7:16 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
1227

Do you support the expansion of Social Security and Medicare benefits?

Some Senators advocate for getting rid of Social Security and Medicare by "privatizing" them. Others advocate for increasing benefits and raising taxes to cover the costs. For what do you advocate?

Submitted by: Paul C. from NH
Oct. 13, 2016, 8:29 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Are you willing to mandate legitimate pricing in the healthcare industry?

This would mandate all hospitals, physicians and labs to publish their own rates to allow every patient to shop and know the cost of the service they receive regardless of the insurance they have.

Submitted by: Carolina J.
Oct. 15, 2016, 9:48 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for gubernatorial candidates
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Do you support ending the Fast Tract component of Trade agreement consideration?

Fast Tract process prevents thoughtful consideration and input by citizens and legislators alike, resulting in rash decisions in trade agreements.

Submitted by: Sandy R. from CA
Oct. 17, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates
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Do you back a national ban on gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering allows politicians to choose their voters, instead of voters choosing their leaders. FairVote has proposed multi-member districts with proportional representation to solve this problem.

Submitted by: Solomon S. from MA
Oct. 16, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
Issue area: Questions for U.S. Senate candidates

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