'Stark political divide' separates Ayotte and Shaheen

The plans being laid out to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff by New Hampshire’s U.S. senators, reports NHPR’s Michael Brindley, are emblematic of the stark political divide on the issue nationally:

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen says everything needs to be on the table:

“We’ve got to look at revenues; we’ve got to look at the domestic side of the budget. We’ve got to look at the defense side, and we’ve got to look at the mandatory programs. I think we do have to make some tough choices.”

Republican Kelly Ayotte targets Social Security and Medicare:

“Programs like Social Security and Medicare — we have to start talking about how we reform them because, for example, Medicare goes bankrupt 2024. That’s not far off for many in this room that would rely on it or your grandparents. … So we need to have those hard discussions now.”

You can listen to Brindley’s full report here: