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New Hampshire Elections

December 4, 2011

Perry is proud of his faith

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's been sliding in the polls lately in the race to be the GOP's presidential nominee, knows who to call on for help.

Last week, Perry launched a 30-second TV spot in Iowa, "Faith."

"Now some liberals say that faith is a sign of weakness," Perry says in the ad. "Well, they're wrong. I think we all need God's help."

Frost, Roemer and Derry

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, during an editorial board meeting with The Eagle-Tribune, reflected on his first visit to Derry, when he came to explore the Robert Frost farm as a tourist.

Roemer knew Frost, having met him while a 16-year-old student at Harvard. Yes, 16. At Harvard.

Anyhow, Roemer got a chance to do a tour at the Frost farm.

"I spent a couple of hours on the farm," Roemer recalled. "It was powerful."

Not as powerful, perhaps, as the impression left on his mind by the poetry of Mr. Frost.

"Robert Frost was my favorite member of American literature," Roemer said.

Senior moment with Buddy

The name of the Peace Corps momentarily eluded Roemer during the board meeting. What was the name of that John Kennedy program he so admired?

Several journalists around the table knew and shared.

"I feel like Rick Perry," Roemer said. "I needed you on that."

Howdy, sheriff

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney picked up an endorsement from Rockingham County Sheriff Mike Downing.

Downing praised Romney's private sector record of job creation, as well as his experience.

Paul goes after Gingrich

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's campaign announced a 150-second attack video against former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Paul campaign said it was "the video that Newt doesn't want you to see."

It showed Gingrich seated beside House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, criticizing Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan and questioning Gingrich's lobbying ties.

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