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Question time.

New Hampshire Public Television reporter Richard Ager conducted a televised interview with the governor near the end of the campaign that was illuminating on at least one point--no one does a more thorough and persistent job of not answering a question than John Lynch.

Ager asked the governor about a TV ad run many times by the Lynch campaign that showed Republican candidate James Coburn saying about the gasoline tax, "Maybe we could raise the tax a little bit ..." The viewer never hears the rest of the sentence, and Ager told the governor that the selective editing made it appear that Coburn was saying something he was not

Lynch responded with a recitation about all he has accomplished in his two years as governor, whereupon Ager asked again about the "selective editing." Well, he's always been against negative advertising, the governor assured him, and that's why he wants to focus on the future and what we can accomplish working together on a bipartisan basis ...

Then Ager tried a third time. "Well, it's something he said," Lynch said of his opponent

"But it was taken out of context," said Ager, attempting for the fourth time to get the governor to address the question. Well, said the governor, it's really very hard to keep track of all. of his opponent's statements and positions on the issue.

Apparently it was hard to keep track of even one.
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Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 10, 2006
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