Jim Lawrence

Credit www.lawrenceforcongress.com

Race: District 2, U.S. House of Representatives
Party: Republican
Political Experience: 
2002-2008 – New Hampshire House
Personal: Lives in Nashua
Education: U.S. Air Force Academy

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Lawrence is running, he says, because other Republicans in the race aren’t focused on issues that are important to New Hampshire voters. “We have huge issues with government accountability right now. You look at the IRS scandal, issues with the Veterans Administration. You look at what’s going on with the NSA and now we’re hearing inklings from the CIA. These all stem from a lack of accountability in Washington.”

On money in politics and whether he will have the resources to win: “Yes, it is going to take resources, but the fact that it takes resources doesn’t make any excuses for people who are running and trying to earn the votes of the people of New Hampshire arguing about who’s getting campaign checks from who and what donations are legitimate and not. That’s not what the people want to hear. As a matter of fact, that’s the kind of thing that turns people off from politics.”

Lawrence says the U.S. must secure its border to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants. “We need to finish building the fence where we can, we need to augment our border patrol with additional personnel, use the National Guard if necessary. Use electronic countermeasures, as well. But we have to secure the border before we talk about anything. We have to stop the bleeding before we can have a real debate about immigration reform. And no amnesty.”

On foreign policy, Lawrence, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, is, against committing troops to Iraq, and he supports air strikes against the militant Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But overall, he says, the Obama administration has exercised “the worst foreign policy” in decades.

“I can honestly look you here in the eye and tell you with a straight face that a first-year cadet at the Air Force Academy would know that you don’t broadcast to your enemy your exit strategy, nor your timeline, nor when you’re going to withdraw troops. That was a huge mistake that we made. Not to mention the fact that President Barack Obama also withdrew all the troops out of Iraq without a plan to maintain stability in that country.

"These are the types of errors that we cannot afford. We see the result of it right now. We see the emergence of ISIS, which is a larger threat than Al Qaeda in my mind.”

12:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Garcia Wins 2nd Congressional District Primary

Marilinda Garcia makes her acceptance speech in Concord on primary election night.
Credit Jack Rodolico

State Representative Marilinda Garcia won the Republican primary for New Hampshire’s second congressional district.

After claiming her victory before a crowd of cheering supporters, Marilinda Garcia took aim at Obamacare, and linked Representative Annie Kuster to one of the president’s most significant and controversial policies.

She asked for the crowd’s continued support "getting through November and...repealing and replacing Representative Kuster."

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11:57 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

2nd CD Candidates Debate Amnesty And Attack Ads

Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the second congressional district faced off last night on WMUR TV. The frontrunners clashed on core issues.

The hard-fought, and, at times bitter fights between Salem state rep Marilinda Garcia, and former state Senator Gary Lambert of Nashua continued last night.

On longstanding issues like illegal immigration, Lambert said Garcia "wants a pathway to citizenship, and that is amnesty in my book."

"I’d say Mr. Lambert’s book is entirely fiction," Garcia shot back.

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North Country
2:53 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

2nd Congressional District GOP Contenders: What They Say About Northern Pass

The Northern Pass project was one of the topics covered during a debate Wednesday on WGIR among three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District to oppose incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster this fall.

State Representative Marilinda Garcia of Salem said she visited the North Country recently and recognizes the opposition and concerns about the project involving private property rights and the benefits going to other states. 

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NH News
11:39 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Garcia, Lambert Spar In CD2 Debate

Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia
Credit NHPR Staff

While all three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race took part in a debate Wednesday morning, it was two candidates who spent much of their time attacking each other’s record.

The debate, hosted by WGIR, opened with state Representative Marilinda Garcia and former state Senator Gary Lambert accusing each other of taking illegal campaign contributions.

Each denied the allegation, and then went after each other’s voting record.

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