Ron Paul Finally Gets a Chance to Speak
The Texas Congressman and Gary Johnson will both talk to Primary Patch at The Draft this month.
We've heard campaigns complain that they haven't been given enough time in the televised debates and voters say they aren't getting the same access to the candidates that they're used to.
In the coming weeks, Patch will try to respond to both concerns as we host the GOP presidential candidates in a series of sit-down conversations at The Draft in Concord.
The sessions, which we're calling Primary Patch at The Draft, allow the candidates a full 60 minutes to speak with Patch editors and the audience. All of the sessions are free and open to the public, giving regular voters an opportunity to interact with the candidates and even ask a question or two of their own. The sessions are co-hosted by Andy and Laurie Sanborn, the owners of The Draft, located at 67 S. Main St., in Concord.
Already, we've hosted conversations with Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer, and we learned a lot about both candidates that we didn't already know. This Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m., we'll be hosting former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and next Tuesday, Nov. 22, at noon, Texas Congressman Ron Paul will be at The Draft. We're also in talks with several of the other campaigns about hosting additional events in the months leading up to the Jan. 10 Primary.
So join us this Thursday and next Tuesday for a chance to get to know Johnson and Paul. We promise that you'll get to see them speak for more than just 90 seconds.
In addition to our event with Johnson on Thursday, a number of other candidates are scheduled to be in New Hampshire this week.
Tonight, at 7, Jon Huntsman will host what he says is his 100th New Hampshire campaign event, a town hall at the Portsmouth Elks Lodge. He'll also hold a town hall meeting in Derry on Wednesday, and make a stop at the Sturm, Ruger & Co. Gun Factory in Newport on Thursday afternoon.
Rick Perry will be in New Hampshire for the first time since his big debate flub, holding town halls Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Granite State Manufacturing in Manchester, and at 2 p.m. at the Nashua VFW.
Herman Cain has announced that he will attend a rally at Alpine Grove in Hollis at noon on Thursday, the first time he's been in the state since the sexual harassment allegations against him surfaced.
Last week was busy as well, with a debate in Hampton and a visit from the vice president.
The week started off with Rick Santorum making stops at polling places in Nashua and Manchester last Tuesday, a city election day in those two communities.
On Thursday, the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC held a "Constitutional conversation" in Hampton with Roemer, Johnson, Santorum and Newt Gingrich all participating. Roemer and Johnson also made stops in Exeter earlier in the day.
That same night, Vice President Joe Biden was in state to address the Loeb School's First Amendment awards dinner in Concord.
Paul was in New Hampshire last week as well, making several stops, including a quick photo op with supporters at Lee Mac's Market in Exeter on Friday afternoon.
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