Retired Army Bridgadier General Aims to Unseat Democratic Senator in New Hampshire Race

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The Hill recently reported, “New Hampshire is the Senate battleground that offers Democrats perhaps their best chance of holding a seat.” But as more voters across the country turn toward the GOP, retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc is closing the margin of an expected Democratic victory in the Granite State.

In the 2020 Republican Senate primary, Bolduc carried almost 60,000 votes as the runner-up. According to a poll taken in April, only one point separated New Hampshire incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan and Bolduc, one of 11 candidates for the Republican primary scheduled for Sept. 13.

Bolduc says he is very concerned about the future of America.

“Currently, there is a plan for top-down governance and the abandonment of America’s values and principles,” he told The Epoch Times, describing it as a plan to “undermine” America. He said “America is weak” at the moment, and there are a variety of issues it must continue to confront if the nation ever wants to recover its strength. These include, but are not limited to, abortion, gun control, the southern border, and the economy.

Abortion Violence 

On the issue of abortion in America, Bolduc said, “the Supreme Court made the right decision by sending it back to the states.” Regardless of which side of the issue women find themselves, he said, “[they] have more control at the state level than they would ever have at the federal level.”

As a pro-life candidate, he considers the narrative that many on the left are pushing to be “very dangerous.” While President Joe Biden calls upon “pro-choice senators and a pro-choice House to codify Roe as federal law,” Hassan and colleagues are urging the president to “defend Americans’ rights to abortion” by executive order. In a recent 30-second television ad, she also said she would “fight and never back down” to protect the “personal freedoms” of women seeking an abortion.

Bolduc said the position of Biden and Hassan not only devalues life but has also created a climate for violence by claiming the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional. To that end, Heidi Matzke, executive director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento, shared at a Senate hearing on July 12 that “pregnancy care centers from coast to coast are being targeted for violent assaults of vandalism, and hateful attacks online and in the media.”

For example, “fund abortion; abort God” was recently spray-painted on the Pathways Pregnancy Care Center in Littleton, New Hampshire. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

According to Bolduc, violent assaults and vandalism are “just indicative of the divisiveness and the disunity promoted by the Left.” These issues, he said, are “at the heart of why we have the problems that we have here in this country.”

Gun Control Confusion

Bolduc said the number of shootings across the country is also an indicator of an increasingly disgruntled and violent society. “That’s not a problem with guns,” he said. Illinois, for example, has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, yet Chicago is one of the deadliest U.S. cities. “It’s less about gun laws, and more about securing vulnerable areas, allowing police to do their jobs and have a good response, and being able to go after people who are the threat.”

According to Bolduc, the culture of violence can be attributed to America’s justice system, which increasingly releases violent criminals back onto the streets while hamstringing and defunding the police. Support for police and community involvement are important to ensuring crime stays low, according to Bolduc. Rather than allowing divisiveness to creep in, he said, people need to be brought together to solve the problem.

The Southern Border

The ability to provide safer communities across the nation extends beyond the local community, Bolduc said. The southern border of the United States is out of control, as the country is currently failing to control the flow of drugs—particularly opioids such as fentanyl—and illegal weapons across the border.

“The southern border is now the most dangerous border in the world and it’s essentially wide open under the Biden administration—it’s hurting America.”

He said it has to be ensured that border patrol has what it needs to protect the country, such as adequate personnel, air and technology assets, a border wall, the enforcement of immigration laws, and more. Without these things, he said, “America has vulnerabilities.”

“No country in the world would mimic what the United States is doing right now on its southern border,” he said, calling the Biden administration’s border policies “a disaster.”

“The sheer insecurity of America is frightening,” he said.

The Economy Crunch

In addition to the security issues of the country, Bolduc said, “We are witnessing the worst economy in our nation’s history in terms of inflation, in terms of energy dependence, in terms of how it’s hurting Americans.”

Inflation has caused Americans to spend an extra $5,000 per year, as the cost of fuel, food, and other basic essentials climb to historic levels, he said. “And while government spending is out of control,” he added, many Americans “are cutting into their medical costs, cutting into their groceries, and just simply trying to make ends meet.”

“It’s a dangerous place to be, and it has to change,” he said.

Hassan has referred to her Republican challengers as “a group of really extreme opponents.” She did not respond to multiple inquiries from The Epoch Times to share her views on the issues facing the country.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

J.M. Phelps

Freelance reporter

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J.M. Phelps is a writer and researcher of both Islamist and Chinese threats.