From the Herald:
A political campaign, particularly for one for New Hampshire's two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, is supposed to involve a true exchange of ideas. Candidates should each represent specific points of view on how best to resolve the issues facing their home district and the nation in general.
That is why we are endorsing Rochester Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in the Sept. 12 primary. We are looking forward to the kind of heat she will bring to a general election campaign against incumbent Republican Jeb Bradley, who will most probably be the winner of his primary contest against Conway's Mike Callis.
Shea-Porter is an articulate spokeswoman for her well-thought-out positions, which are often in opposition to those expressed by the incumbent...
Having endorsed Shea-Porter in the primary, we must also say how distressed we are at what we see as the complete lack of vision, honesty and forthrightness of the Democratic candidate being supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, state Rep. Jim Craig.
It appears Craig has no intention of letting anyone know where he stands on any of the vital issues facing this state and country. His answers to questions are Democratic Party pabulum and appear to be consciously designed to give no hint as to where the candidate himself stands.
And this from the Monitor:
[State Rep. Jim] Craig is not, however, the candidate best suited to making the case against re-electing Bradley. Shea-Porter is. Her grasp of the issues that come before Congress, her familiarity with Bradley's preferred talking points as well as his record, and the conviction with which she speaks would all serve her well in a televised debate.
That will be the key forum because any Democrat is likely to be an underdog in the general election. Shea-Porter's confident speaking style and certainty about where she stands give her the best chance to pull off an upset.