Primary 2012

Campaign 2012
3:34 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

On Caucus Day, Huntsman Maintains NH Focus

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is the only high-profile candidate not fighting it out in Iowa. Campaigning in Pembroke this morning, Huntsman suggested that the Iowa caucus results would prove extremely perishable.

“We’ll remember them for about seven hours and then people will be focused on New Hampshire. And this will be the ballgame here because this is a primary, because this will be a broad-based turnout of Republicans and independents and even some Democrats.”

Laffer Carbon Tax
5:17 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

A Carbon Tax With a Twist to Please GOP -- Maybe

If there is a patron saint of modern Republican tax policy, it is economist Arthur Laffer.  Laffer is best known for the  Laffer Curve – a graph of the theory that under the right circumstances, a cut in tax rates produces higher tax revenues.   The Laffer Curve was the keystone of  so called Reaganomics.

Laffer was in Manchester today to present a very different idea – one that so far Republicans have been slow to embrace. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: Foreign Policy

Although not as much as a hot button issue as last election, many voters still want to know the candidates’ views on the war in Afghanistan, on China, the Middle East and on fighting terrorism at home and oversees. Today our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at the Republican Presidential candidates and  what they are saying on matters of foreign policy. 

Guests

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StateImpact
2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

New Hampshire Primary Spending Way Down Among Republican Candidates

Gliko, via Flickr/Creative Commons

 

If it feels like maybe Republican presidential candidates aren’t spending as much in New Hampshire as they did in the run-up to the 2008 primary, you’re onto something. Bob Sanders of the New Hampshire Business Review dug into campaign expenditures thus far, and found:

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StateImpact
12:00 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

“Affordable” North Conway Outlets Get Shout-Out On SNL

Jon Huntsman took a brief respite from campaigning in New Hampshire to go on SNL
Josh Rogers NHPR

In all likelihood, most of you aren’t visiting StateImpact for our primary coverage.  Yes, we completely agree that the Republican primary is a Very Big Deal.  But most people don’t go to business news sites to get nitty-gritty political coverage, either.  So we try to keep political stories strictly focused on New Hampshire’s business and economic environment.  They have to be specific to the situation here.  Every time a politician talks about business in New Hampshire, we don’t automatically post it.

But today is the day before Thanksgiving.

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Campaign 2012
6:27 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Paul Talks Banks After "Occupy"-Style Interruption

Ron Paul is in the midst of a two day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Texas Congressman’s town hall meeting at Keene State College was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street.

The protesters used their call-and-response technique to say "there is something wrong with the system" and "we are the 99 percent." When they were done, Ron Paul said "I hope you feel better," and there was laughter and applause. And then he said when it came to the power of big banks, he agreed with the protesters.

Cain Reaction
5:59 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Cain Gets the Benefit of the Doubt -- For Now

Jon Greenberg sits down with a group of republican voters in Dover, NH.
Boston University College of Communication

Questions continue about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and allegations of sexual harassment.  Just as  those reports first surfaced about two weeks ago, NHPR sat down with a group of Republican voters in Dover. 

The focus was on the candidates and the primary.  The issue of Cain’s relations with women was not on the table and three of the participants spoke highly of Herman Cain.  We got back in touch to see what they think now.

On October 31st, Brian Albertelli was ready to say, if the election were held today, Cain would be his pick.

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Christie in Manchester
9:07 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Christie Stumps for Mitt

Christie calls Romney before the debate in Michigan. Tells him "just be yourself."
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rallied  volunteers at Romney's campaign headquarters in Manchester.  He told them he knew that Romney was the "man for the job" and the person who could defeat President Obama.

Christie said he was headed to Iowa on Romney's behalf and would be coming back to New Hampshire.

Campaign 2012
5:00 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Mitt Romney Still Looking Like Top Contender in GOP Primary

With 60 days until the NH primary, people are wondering if anyone will be able to catch Mitt Romney.

The strengths of Mitt Romney’s NH campaign are on full display in these 25 seconds.

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Campaign 2012
3:00 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Primary Set For January 10th

Josh Rogers NHPR

Secretary of State Bill Gardner chooses expected date, and says NH tradition lives on.

NH law requires its primary be held at least a week before any similar election. When Nevada tried to schedule its caucus in mid-January, NH threatened to hold the primary in December. Under pressure from national republicans and facing a boycott from some candidates, Nevada backed off, giving NH’s secretary of state Bill Gardner the window he sought.

"The tradition of NH presidential primary lives on and it will be held on the second Tuesday, the 10th day of next year 2012.

Campaign 2012
11:09 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Perry Courts Social Conservatives

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry addressed hundreds of social conservatives in Manchester, Friday night. The Texas governor’s speech ranged well beyond social issues.

A huge crowd filled a ballroom at the annual meeting of Cornerstone, the state’s leading advocacy group against abortion and gay marriage.  If he’s to close the gap in the polls, Perry needs these voters and he made sure to connect with them with lines like this.

"Children need to be raised in a loving home by a mother and a father."

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