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Brown 'Trying to Buy a Senate Seat,' Says GOP Gunning for N.H. Nod

Despite Brown’s money and name recognition, Testerman stresses that New Hampshire is a state in which elections are won at a grassroots level. She said the campaign ads bought by Brown are not enough to win over voters and that Brown will not be able to connect with them on a “person-to-person” level.

“That’s how you win New Hampshire,” she said. “The one-on-one contact, willingness to take questions, answer those questions and be willing to sit down with the people.”

Testerman also lauds the number of people that, so far, have made monetary contributions to her campaign. She said her campaign has more individual contributors than “all of the other candidates combined” despite the sluggish economy and struggling middle class.

According to Testerman, the first thing the U.S. must do to fix the economy is to secure and control the borders. Alongside that, she would remove the “restrictive rules and regulations” on small businesses and lower the corporate tax rate. She says that those regulations make business owners less likely to speculate and take risks to expand their business in order to create more jobs.

“Those rules and regulations are also eating up jobs to some extent because they require a compliance officer to be a part of every business which cuts down on the ability of [small businesses] to go out and create more jobs,” she said.

Testerman says the next step to help turn around the economy around is to remove all subsidies and return to a “true market-based, capitalist society.”

“We know that that has been a success before in America and we need to get back to it,” she says.

Allowing the free market to dictate energy policies, for example, would show which sources are viable for the future of the country, Testerman says. She says the U.S. cannot cut its reliance on coal and petroleum because there is no practical energy source to replace them. Her answer to energy independence is natural gas and expanded oil drilling.

“If we were to take advantage of the oil reserves that we have in this country and start drilling and building the pipeline, we could unleash a large amount of energy and money into the whole system,” she says. “It would enable us to be energy independent and become the oil reserves for the rest of the world. And by doing so we could also provide for our allies so they don’t have to be dependent on the Middle East or Russia for their energy reserves.”

Testerman says she is better prepared for this campaign than she was as gubernatorial candidate in 2010 or for her previous bids for state Senate.

“When I ran for governor it was my first state-wide race,” she said. “What I learned from it was organization and feet on the ground.”

(For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)