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New Hampshire Elections

November 20, 2011

NH Primary Notebook

The Mitt Romney campaign issued a press release last week titled, "You're My Obsession," highlighting the regular hits the former Massachusetts governor is taking from the camp of President Barack Obama and the Democrats.

Romney spokesman Andrea Saul said Obama and Democrats are "fixated" more on Romney than turning around the economy.

Before the week was out, the New Hampshire Democratic Party had a rebuttal of sorts in a release of its own: "Romney's Economic Policies are Bad for Americans, Worse for Granite Staters."

The Democrats, by the way, while out of the primary spotlight with Obama unopposed, assure us they are hard at work in Southern New Hampshire preparing for the general election to come.

Obama hasn't forgotten New Hampshire. He's due in the state later this week, following on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking up on college debt

Maria Carrasquillo of Londonderry, secretary of the UNH College Democrats, was among those criticizing the GOP candidates on college debt.

"President Obama has set up a plan that allows graduates to consolidate federal loans and to reduce interest rates, but the Republicans, on the other hand, have no plan to help students."

Perry endorsements

Southern New Hampshire endorsers of Texas Gov. Rick Perry include Reps. Ken Weyler of Kingston, Norm Major of Plaistow, Dave Lundgren of Londonderry, David Bates of Windham and Al Baldasaro of Londonderry. Also, businessmen Doug Newell, a taxpayer activist in Derry, and Steve Lewis of Atkinson.

Johnson fights back

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is fighting back against those exclusions from televised debates. His campaign has filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to protest CBS keeping him out of a debate in South Carolina. Johnson's argument: CBS was supporting candidates it favors.

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