Scott Brown has easily outshined Jeanne Shaheen on the campaign trail and will win the New Hampshire senatorial race, former Granite State Gov. John Sununu predicted Monday on Newsmax TV.
"Scott has worked awfully hard. He's hitting the important issues of Obamacare and immigration. Jeanne Shaheen wants to talk about peripheral issues, the voters up here want a serious senator," Sununu told Newsmax's "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"I think Scott Brown's going to win this election."
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A CNN/ORC poll
last week showed Brown, a former GOP senator from Massachusetts, in a dead heat with Shaheen, a Democrat and the Granite State's senior senator. Both candidates garnered support of 48 percent.
"I knew the off-year election would be a good year in New Hampshire if there was a candidate who had credibility and worked hard," said Sununu, who was chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush.
"We were happy Scott came home to where he was born in the Portsmouth area of New Hampshire. We were thrilled that with his experience and his commitment to campaigning.
"This guy works 15 hours a day on the road and I have been extremely impressed with it. He sits down and talks directly with the voters, answers their questions, tries to deal with the issues they raise directly."
He said the same could not be said for Shaheen's visibility.
"The shocking thing around here is that Jeanne Shaheen won't even hold a town hall to meet with a gathering of voters, much less one-on-one," Sununu said.
He also predicted favorable national results for the GOP.
"There's going to be a surprise on the Republican side. We're going to surprise people in Alaska, Scott is going to surprise people up here," Sununu said.
"I'm guessing that we'll pick up seven or eight Senate seats and that will certainly help put pressure on moving this country back in the right direction."
Sununu also predicted that all candidates for the 2016 presidential race will disavow President Barack Obama's Middle East policy — even his former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"There's not a single soul of any competence that is supporting Obama's position for having withdrawn our troops from Iraq," he said.
People understand that this president's aversion to doing anything with U.S. capacity and might has created a crisis for the country — and the world.
"As it becomes clear what a disaster Obama's policy was, everybody who's running for president, including Hillary Clinton of the Democratic side, will evolve to the right position."
Sununu — author of "The Quiet Man,"
which will be published next June — also criticized the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"The pairing of Obama and Reid has cost this country dearly over the last few years. Reid is just Obama's little puppet," Sununu said.
"There has not been a budget passed through the Senate in six years. Obama has never had to look at a budget and it's because of Harry Reid.
"That's a disgrace. Budgets define policy. This is a policy-less presidency because of Harry Reid and Obama."
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