Kuster, Negron, spar on stimulus spending, policing and bias

Kuster, Negron, spar on stimulus spending, policing and bias

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat representing the 2nd District, and Republican challenger Steve Negron sparred on priorities for federal coronavirus relief, police training and racial bias in a debate Tuesday held by New Hampshire Public Radio.

The candidates are in a rematch of the 2018 race, with Kuster seeking her fifth term.

The sprawling, mostly rural district stretches from New Hampshire’s border with Canada to the Massachusetts line. It includes the cities of Nashua and Concord. Kuster leads in the polls in the district, which hasn’t been in GOP hands since 2013.

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During the debate on “The Exchange,” they touched on pending pandemic relief. Democrats controlling the U.S. House narrowly passed a $2.2 trillion relief bill earlier this month, but negotiations have stalled since then.

Negron agreed that a relief bill should help small businesses, but he said he was concerned about what he sees as out-of-control spending by Democrats in the package including

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