April 18, 2016

Hassan Offers “Few Policy Details” In Flubbed Foreign Policy Interview

The last time Maggie Hassan gave a full-length interview, it…didn’t go terribly well. From the Politico write-up in January:

But Hassan also hewed relentlessly to talking points and political bromides about a Washington that’s “rigged” against the people.

“What this race will be about is whether we’re going to continue to have a senator who just protects special interests,” Hassan said. “Or whether we’re going to have a senator, me, who will stand up for the people of New Hampshire.”

 She repeated some variation of that 10 times.

Granite Staters could reasonably assume that by April Hassan would have done her homework and nailed down a few more specific policy positions, right?

Wrong, according to a new interview with the Concord Monitor, where Hassan was asked about foreign policy:

Hassan keeps up on international issues by reading news, reviewing reports and consulting with experts, she told the Monitor editorial board in a recent interview.

While the Democrat wouldn’t name any of her advisers during the interview, her campaign later provided a three-person list that includes U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, former New Hampshire congressman and U.S. ambassador to Denmark Dick Swett and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

None of the advisers would explicitly outline advice they’ve given Hassan

So Hassan gets her policy information from newspapers and unnamed “reports,” and wasn’t prepared to name any advisors, forcing her campaign to do damage control (and likely make several panicked phone calls to former ambassadors).

Things didn’t get any better for Hassan when the interview turned to specific policy questions:

But Hassan offered few policy details about how to achieve those goals. On tension in the South China Sea, Hassan said the U.S. should continue putting pressure “on all of the parties” to keep the body of water open for shipping and passage.

Her cluelessness about policy details makes sense if Hassan’s taking her tips from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who said that Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram – which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) – has nothing to do with Islam:

At least she didn’t list the other Democrat in New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, Rep. Annie Kuster, who memorably claimed Benghazi isn’t in the Middle East: