Walt Havenstein campaigned at a Manchester charter school with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports the GOP gubernatorial hopeful met with students and pressed the message that NH needs more choice in public education.
Walt Havenstein and Bobby Jindal toured classrooms at Polaris charter school on Manchester’s West Side. Along the way, Havenstein took some blunt questions from the students.
"Why do you want to run for governor?"
Havenstein: “Well, that’s a great question you need to ask yourself answer. And for me the answer is simple I want to be governor to create a better future for you, to create better opportunities for you.”
Havenstein’s said improving the state’s economic climate is part of that. But as he also stressed, so too is boosting charter schools.
“You know the last 4 charter schools got delayed or turned down at the board of education. You know, I’d be a proponent to make sure we included the proper funding to support those charter schools.”
Bobby Jindal, meanwhile, told reporters he is absolutely “thinking and praying” about a possible presidential run. After stumping with Havenstein, Jindal was heading to DC for the values voter summit, followed by a weekend visit to Iowa.