The Daily Rundown | November 07, 2012
>>> to the state --
>> that's elizabeth warren , senator elect from massachusetts, part of the 113th congress with a record number of women, 19 women senators and in new hampshire with the election of two female representatives and a woman governor the entire delegation plus the governor all women in the state of new hampshire so that, of course, includes new hampshire 's governor elect, maggie hassan . she beat republican lamontagne and she joins me now. governor-elect hassan, i apologize for messing up your name, i think, before the break. i will not do that anymore. first of all, congratulations on your victory.
>> thank you very much, chuck. it's great to be with you this morning.
>> let me ask you about how new hampshire is getting covered this morning, the fact that it's an all-women delegation both now and in th e executive position, some sort of accident anomaly or something else going on here?
>> we have a long history of electing women. we are a state with lots and lots of local government and opportunities for service there and a very large state legislature so women have been participate apts in the political process here for a long time and as you know the first woman to serve as a governor and now a u.s. senator is jean shaheen .
>> governor-elect, did you sign the pledge, the tax pledge that normally is a big deal in new hampshire that you would not have a state income tax ?
>> yes, no sales or income tax , that's right.
>> when you set that aside i know you don't get elected in new hampshire unless you do that. do you have any concern about doing that, though, with all of the potential fiscal challenges that states have to deal with that you are already limiting your options about by doing something like that?
>> well, you know, i served in the state senate for six years with retiring governor john lynch and during that tame we had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country, one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. we did a lot of good work around our education system , cutting our high school dropout rate the by half so our economy works well without an income or sales tax and we're focused on moving forward and implementing an innovation plan that really connects the importance of investing in education with the economy.
>> a little bit of whiplash when it comes to new hampshire . the state goes back and forth depending on the election year. do you think that there is a trend that holds for democrats long term that is going to shift this state or that because it is so many independents in the state it's always going to have this some years it's a republican sweep like in 2010 or a democrat sweep like in 2012 ?
>> what i know is they want this to work. they like to come together and solve problems. i think what you saw from last night's results is a return to real focus on how to get the job done, how to come together and move forward. i like to describe us as an all hands on deck type of state . everyone pitches in. you're welcome here as long as you work hard and contribute. i think last night's results re really show that kind of attitude again and the real focus on moving forward, getting the job done including the economy and creating jobs and i look forward to the opportunity 0 to lead the state .
>> i understand vice president biden called to congratulate you. any other national democrats call you last night that weren't from the state of new hampshire that you would like to share with me?
>> oh, you know, i got a lot of great calls and we have a lot of great friends here in new hampshire . it was a great night.
>> you're not going to say who else, one other democrat that might have called?
>> as i said, there were a lot of calls and it was just a really great time to be with friends and supporters and talk to the people of new hampshire .
>> governor-elect hassan, congratulations to you on your victory. the 2016 presidential race, i believe, has the primary been set yet?