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NH's all-female delegation talk gender, politics

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 10:57 am •  Published: December 7, 2012

All said they expected a woman would be president in their lifetimes. Ayotte, who was mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said her 8-year-old daughter, Kate, has already a claim on the office. Ayotte said Kate told her she should not run for president because "I want to be the first woman president."

All pledged to reach across the aisle to work on solutions to problems. They said they had more in common to unite them than differences.

Hassan, a former state senator, said when her disabled son had surgery in 2005, a conservative Republican colleague called her every day to check on him.

"We're parents first," she said

Ayotte and Shaheen said the next two years they will be focusing putting the nation in a stronger fiscal position.

"I'm just really worried about the state of our country," said Ayotte.

"We've got to put everything on the table," agreed Shaheen.

Shea-Porter and Kuster said protecting Social Security and Medicare are on their priority list since older women are more reliant on Social Security and Medicare than men who often earned more in their working lives due to inequalities in how men and women are treated by employers.

The event was sponsored by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the New Hampshire Women's Initiative and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.