New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu joined CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday to reiterate the United States’ need for bipartisanship.
The Republican was pressured by host Dana Bash on how the spread of COVID misinformation could cost constituents lives, but Sununu claimed the only byproduct is “massive confusion.”
“We’re trying to clarify in New Hampshire,” he said. “Be super transparent. It earns public trust, and I think that’s why New Hampshire has had a pretty high vaccination rate even without mandates.”
When the streaming platform Spotify gets a hit for broadcasting Joe Rogan’s podcast under the accusation of spreading misinformation, Sununu condemned the possibility of censorship and instead supported the first amendment.
“It’s freedom of speech,” he claimed. “People have the right to their voice and the right to their opinion.”
Sununu has maintained his reputation for criticizing both sides of the political aisle – which ultimately led him to reject his bid for the Senate back in November:
“My responsibility is not to Washington’s gridlock and politics, it’s to the people of New Hampshire. And I would rather push myself 120 miles an hour to deliver victories to New Hampshire than slow down and end up on Capitol Hill and discuss party politics without results, “Sununu said at a news conference in the governor’s mansion in Concord, the capital of New Hampshire.
The governor further stressed his point that the process of making changes in Washington is slow, arguing that the American people had hoped that the moderate candidate Joe Biden would break the pattern. Instead, under the Biden administration, he argued, political isolation has set the entire nation back.
“If the Democratic Party had spent as much time trying to reach across the aisle with a few Republicans as they did on beating Sens. Sinema and Manchin, we would have gotten something done,” he said. “But they spent all their time tearing their own party apart … And I think I express the same frustrations that most Americans honestly have.”
Sununu took advantage of the latest divisive argument to appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court, saying that regardless of the nominee’s background, the country deserves a “civil, respectful” confirmation process.
“It would be a nice breath of fresh air for America,” he said. “And I think that’s what everyone’s hoping for.”