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WMUR’s CloseUp Shows Stark Difference in NH-02 Candidates

CONCORD, NH — This morning, Republican candidate for Congress Bob Burns was on WMUR’s CloseUp, where he advocated for eliminating home heating assistance, defunding Planned Parenthood, and recommitted to his extreme anti-choice agenda.

When asked about his thoughts on eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Burns said, “Yeah, that sounds great to me.” WMUR’s Adam Sexton pointed out that “People rely on that here,” and Burns doubled down on his support of eliminating the program.


His suggestion comes at a time when New Hampshire’s energy prices are seeing some of the highest increases in the nation, with some markets seeing prices rise as much as 100%+. The increases are a direct result of NH GOP policies intended to shut out renewables and create protected markets for fossil fuel companies, which fund several Republican political campaigns in the state.


In addition, Burns reiterated his support of defunding Planned Parenthood and his commitment to supporting anti-choice legislation in Concord.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Annie Kuster joined WMUR to highlight her record of working across the aisle to deliver results for Granite Staters, as well as the far-right, out-of-touch agenda of her opponent.


While Burns is trying to slash the program, Annie Kuster has secured funding for LIHEAP, which has provided critical relief for Granite State families. She has worked across the aisle to lower energy costs here in New Hampshire.


In response, NHDP Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement:


“This morning’s CloseUp showed us — up close — just how much is at stake this November. Voters in our Second Congressional District have a choice between an anti-choice extremist who would vote to ban abortion nationwide, defund Planned Parenthood, and oppose key programs that benefit Granite Staters — or Congresswoman Annie Kuster, a proven bipartisan leader who has been delivering for Granite Staters for her entire career.


Bob Burns is out of step with Granite Staters and is woefully unequipped for any elected office, especially Congress.”