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Vikram Mansharamani is an economist and author who ran in New Hampshire's 2022 U.S. Senate primary. His recent works include Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence and Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Mansharamani brings a unique, more moderate perspective to politics, which could help him win over voters who supported Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster - but those qualities also might make it difficult to win far-right voters in a Republican primary. Mansharamani announced his campaign in April 2024.

Position on Issues

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"First, we need to stop the reckless government borrowing and spending that created unsustainable debt levels. Second, we must stop relying on China for crucial components that drive our economy - such as rare earths, pharmaceutical ingredients, and technology. Supply-chains that are closer to home with strengthen our economy and create middle-class jobs. Third, we need to pursue an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that takes advantage of our country's natural resources. We simply should be not be beholden to our enemies for the energy that powers our economy. Fourth, we need to address transportation bottlenecks and encourage more people to consider well-paying jobs such as truck-driving that keep our economy moving. Finally, we should address the labor shortages by promoting a legal immigration system that allows qualified individuals a path towards American citizenship as they contribute to our economy and society."

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"We need to pursue an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that takes advantage of our country's natural resources. We simply should be not be beholden to our enemies for the energy that powers our economy."

WMUR, 2022

When asked about federal abortion legislation in a debate, Mansharamani answered, "First of all, let me begin by saying I do think the New Hampshire policy is the correct policy that we should have. And I agree with Senator Chuck Morse that we should allow choice, as he has provided, in the first six months, and then a ban thereafter. That is a sound policy. This is an issue that is so divisive across America. And I would tell you, it's divisive among politicians, not among the population. Most of the Granite State families I've talked to, the Granite State women and and Granite State families in total suggest that they agree with the policy we have here in New Hampshire. Now, when it comes to federal legislation thereof, I wouldn't be comfortable if legislation was about to impose a difference on New Hampshire families. I would protect New Hampshire's perspective, so I am happy to protect, even if it does require at the federal level the protection of the New Hampshire law. The New Hampshire law is an appropriate law. It's one that meets the needs of most of the families. It's not perfect, but it's good. And it actually moves us forward."

When specifically asked, "Let's just say New Hampshire's abortion ban, 24 weeks, comes to the floor of the Senate. Are you voting yes or no?" Mansharamani answered, "I would vote yes in favor of the ban, only if it was accompanied by also a guarantee of choice for the first six months."

WMUR, 2022

"We should continue to support the Ukrainians, but we should not put boots on the ground. We should give them, with proper oversight, support in the form of military arms and training."

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