On abortion, NH’s Republican Senate challenger has a message: ‘Get over it’


The controversy was the latest example of an emerging theme from the midterm elections, as Republicans trying to circumvent voter anger over the abortion ban inadvertently inflame it.

New Hampshire Republican candidate for the US Senate Don Bolduc (left) and Senator Maggie Hassan.

On one level, the Republican Senate nominee from New Hampshire was simply say out loud what many political strategists have urged GOP candidates to do: Stop talking about abortion and focus on the economy. But in a weekend interview, Don Bolduc, the tough-talking retired brigadier general, offered that advice to his opponent, Democratic U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, criticizing her focus on the overturned constitutional right to abortion. “Have a go,” Bolduc said on WMUR Closeup.

Needless to say, that didn’t end the conversation. Planned Parenthood Votes pounced on the comments, issuing an immediate press release in all caps: “WE ARE NOT OVERCOMING THE ELIMINATION OF OUR RIGHTS, DON.” US Senator Jeanne Shaheen blasted Bolduc on Twitter, saying New Hampshire women would “not get over” being made second-class citizens. Hassan turned his comments directly in a digital ad and dispatched five elected women in New Hampshire to tell reporters that Bolduc’s position is at odds with residents of the libertarian-leaning Granite State, where six in 10 residents opposed the overturning of Roe v . Wade, a UNH Survey Center poll found in May.

And on Tuesday, the New Hampshire Democratic Party plans to launch a “We won’t get over this” tour, with elected officials pointing to Bolduc’s comments to suggest he’s out of touch. “Freedom was taken away from half the population with this decision. But Don Bolduc told them to “get over it,” State Senator Donna Soucy said. “Don Bolduc’s comments show he has no respect for New Hampshire women.”

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