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Campaign Notebook: Murphy, McMahon Argue Who Supports Base More

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

Linda McMahon paid another visit to Electric Boat, the submarine manufacturer in Connecticut that receives billions of dollars in government contracts. Both her and Chris Murphy argue over who supports the manufacturer and base more.

According to McMahon’s campaign, she “has repeatedly affirmed her commitment to protecting these jobs; in contrast, Congressman Chris Murphy has repeatedly said he would cut defense spending and even voted twice this year to cut funding for submarine production at Electric Boat.”

Murphy’s campaign says differently, seizing upon reported comments McMahon made this summer saying that a Base Realignment and Closure Commission is one method to save money. She stopped short of supporting the measure.

“Southeastern Connecticut can’t afford a senator who would gamble with the jobs and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of working men and women,” said Murphy spokeswoman Taylor Lavender. “Chris is the only candidate in this race who has always stood strong in his belief that Connecticut doesn’t need another BRAC and he’ll always fight to ensure that Electric Boat, the sub base, and all the jobs they support are strengthened and retain their strategic and economic importance to our state and our country.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): At a meeting of the Westport Sunrise Rotary, Himes brought up the “you didn’t build that” talking point used by Republicans. He defended the partnership of government and private industries.

Steve Obsitnik (R): “National debt just passed $16 trillion and counting. November's election must be about reversing this destructive trend,” Obsitnik said on Facebook.

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