U.S. Senate Candidates Shaheen, Messner Divided Over SCOTUS, COVID Relief; Agree On China Threat

U.S. Senate Candidates Shaheen, Messner Divided Over SCOTUS, COVID Relief; Agree On China Threat

Lawyer and businessman Bryant "Corky" Messner debated U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on NHPR Thursday. Messner, a Republican, is challenging Shaheen, who’s held the seat for two terms. After days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who is running for a third term, apparently has made up her mind on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I heard some things this week in the questioning that made me very concerned. Her suggestion that Medicare might not be constitutional raised real concerns for me. So I intend to vote against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination when she comes before the Senate,” Shaheen said during Thursday’s debate on NHPR’s The Exchange. ( Listen to or watch the full debate here. ) Attorney and businessman Bryant "Corky" Messner, Shaheen’s Republican opponent, called Barrett a woman of high character and integrity. “She is a woman of amazing intellect and legal mind and I think she will do her job as an associate justice on the Supreme Court with an open mind, going through the judicial decision making process,” Messner said. A committee vote on Barrett’s confirmation has been scheduled for next week, with the full Senate vote scheduled for the week before the general election. Messner, who vacationed in New Hampshire for many years and moved here permanently a few years ago from Colorado, says Americans should also have confidence in a nomination process that Democrats have decried as hurried and politically motivated. […]

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