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NH GOP Hopefuls Address College Republicans

A week or so ago, a number of Republican challengers for New Hampshire ‘s two congressional districts, spoke at the annual New Hampshire College Republicans state convention.

Among the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 2nd district and ultimately a seat held by Democrat Paul Hodes, Bob Clegg and Grant Bosse spoke at the event.

Grant Bosse, Dartmouth class of ‘94 and a former advisor to Senator Sununu, spoke about a general malaise in Washington, D.C., a story of a Republican congress losing their way and forgetting the responsibility that came with their power, and the Democrats replacing them who scaled even higher heights of corruption. Bosse spoke about freeing the economy from over-regulation and the promise of recovery when Congress stops trying to help. Bosse, pictured below, resonated with students in reminding them that free speech, capitalism, and the like are not dirty words, but rather fundamental values worth standing up for.

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Before the jump and a brief description of Bob Clegg ‘s comments and those of Jeb Bradley in the 1st district, I should also mention that Ron Paul-endorsed candidate Jim Forsythe is also in the race.

Bob Clegg, a New Hampshire state legislator, stood out among the candidates present at the convention for his nuanced (?) approach to public policy issues. Clegg spoke about earmarks (none for hippie museums in New York, but some for naval bases in Portsmouth), healthcare (no free lunches, but keeping promises like Medicare and Medicaid), and government regulation (only good ones).

In the Republican primary for the 1st District, a seat currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, John Stephen and Jeb Bradley both addressed assembled students.

Stephen, head of NH ‘s Heath and Human Services Department, offered a folksy, principled platform. He spoke about bringing New Hampshire values to Washington, D.C. rather than the other way around. Sure to hit home with libertarian-minded Granite State Republicans, Stephen was adamantly opposed to pork and earmarks of all sorts and emphasized the freedom that comes with limited government and less regulation.

Jeb Bradley, former Congressman of the 1st district, and a small business owner and former NH state legislator also addressed the state convention. Congressman Bradley spoke about concrete solutions to difficult national problems including energy, immigration, heathcare, the 2nd amendment and fighting the war in Iraq. Bradley emphasized common sense solutions that rely on people and the free market rather than government intrusion. Bradley asked rhetorically in Reaganesque fashion, €œWhen has government ever provided anything better than the free market, € and answering in the manner of P.J. O ‘Rourke saying, he has never seen things so expensive as when they are provided free by the government.

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