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In New Hampshire, Hodes Squares Off With Chamber Over Health Care Reform


The Chamber Of Commerce did not respond to a request for comment this morning, nor did they make the ad available to TPM.

On a conference call with reporters yesterday, Hodes said the the ad campaign will not be successful if it aims turning him against reform, which he said he still supports despite being locked in a tough race for Senate.

The TPM Poll Average for the New Hampshire Senate Race shows GOP candidate Kelley Ayotte ahead of Hodes by a margin of 46.1% to 37.1%.

Republicans say that Hodes' continued support for the Democratic health care reform package is partly responsible for his position in the polls. But Hodes says that he's on the right side of the issue, and won't change his mind no matter how much money supporters of the GOP position like the Chamber spend.

"I will not be bullied into changing my position," Hodes told reporters on the call, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader.

Hodes spokesperson Mark Bergman confirmed the stance to TPM. "Paul supports comprehensive health care reform and isn't going to be bullied or pushed around by the health insurance industry and their allies," Bergman told me this morning.