Bass makes it official, launches campaign for Hodes' seat

Former Rep. Charles Bass (R) entered the race Wednesday for the open seat in New Hampshire's 2nd House district.

"There is a real, growing anger across New Hampshire. A bipartisan anger that Democrat leaders in Washington simply don't get," Bass said in a statement. "People are right to be angry, because Washington's spending is out of control, while they do nothing to support the creation of real jobs."

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is leaving his seat to run for Senate.

Bass was swept into office in the GOP wave of 1994. He served six terms before being defeated by Hodes in 2006. Since leaving office, Bass has been involved in a variety of business ventures. "I know what it's like to build and grow a small business, to make payroll and create jobs," he said.

Still, Bass said national security will be central to his campaign.

"It's time to make national security our highest priority," he said. "New Hampshire has had enough of Barack Obama coddling terrorists, giving the Christmas Day Bomber Miranda rights, moving Guantanamo terrorists to Illinois, and holding out an olive branch to Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

Meanwhile, Democrats hit Bass on his record.

"It's impossible to take Bass's rhetoric on spending seriously considering the debt increased almost $3.88 trillion when he was in Congress," Shripal Shah, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement. "Voters already rejected his record on reckless spending once and he shouldn't expect his re-run candidacy to be received any differently in 2010."

This post was updated at 12:57 p.m.