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WMUR: Ad attacks Shaheen on health care

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MANCHESTER, N.H. —Well ahead of the 2014 election, a new television ad is targeting U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and prompting both sides to build their campaign war chests.


Created by the conservative group Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, the ad targets Shaheen on what is sure to be a central issue in 2014, the Affordable Care Act.


The ad is scheduled for a brief run, but on Friday, the group sent a fundraising email blast to keep it on the air longer.


"We are out focusing on issues," said Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire. "Granites Staters are going to make the decisions they want to make on their elected officials. We are going to educate them, especially on a vote like Obamacare that's going to have major effects on middle-class families."


"Can't we wait for the campaign before we have a campaign?" said former state Democratic Party chairman and Shaheen supporter Ned Helms. "I think it speaks volumes for the need for campaign finance reform."


Helms said he believes going after Shaheen on the Affordable Care Act plays right into the hands of Democrats.


"Frankly, if they want to scream about Obamacare, fine and dandy, because we can talk about the details and what's really happening, and I think that's going to be very, very good news by 2014," Helms said.


In the wake of the ad, Friends of Jeanne Shaheen sent out a fundraising email calling for money to respond to the attack.


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