EXETER — On a day when Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will unveil the final part of her health care proposal, another Seacoast politician will endorse the New York senator.
"She is just ready to be president," said state Sen. Maggie Hassan of Exeter, who today will join five other state senators in supporting Clinton. Hassan, a second-term senator, has been named as a national Hillary for President adviser on policies affecting children and families.
"(Clinton) is best situated to truly act on working middle-class family issues that affect so many of my constituents and all Americans. She has worked on these issues for years as an advocate, as first lady and in the Senate."
Hassan told the Herald she spent a lot time this summer meeting and listening to Clinton's Democratic rivals and admitted her decision wasn't easy because "we have a strong slate of candidates." In the end, she chose Clinton because she is "uniquely qualified to bring about the change we need."
Clinton is scheduled to give a major health care address in Des Moines, Iowa today, this time focusing on providing universal health care access. In New Hampshire during the past five months, Clinton previously unveiled initiatives on cost containment and health care quality.
While the war in Iraq remains the top issue overall among both Democratic and Republican voters, Hassan said "in talking to my constituents, they are also incredibly anxious about health care." In particular, voters have told her of their concerns about affordability, access and losing care. Hassan said Clinton has taken a right approach to highlight the fundamentals of health care reform, a lesson learned when Clinton led a failed attempt at major reform in 1993-1994 during the administration of her husband, President Bill Clinton.
"The quality of the plan is important," Hassan said. "She'll be the first to admit she made mistakes, but she has the experience and the ability to get it done."
Hassan joins Senate President Sylvia Larsen and Sens. Kathy Sgambati of Laconia, Betsi Devries of Manchester, Deb Reynolds of Plymouth and Molly Kelly of Keene as announced public supporters of Clinton.