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Merrimack Valley

March 15, 2013

GOP candidates show unity at forum turned rally

Sullivan wins straw poll, Gomez comes in second


Sullivan cited the deficit as a major issue that needs to be addressed if he gets elected to Congress.

“$16 trillion, and no plan to pay it back,” Sullivan told the crowd.

Sullivan noted a major highlight of his career was serving as U.S. Attorney during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I had the privilege of going into the U.S. Attorney’s Office moments later to try to face down a horrible enemy, an enemy that wanted to destroy us both from within and outside,” Sullivan said.

But as the true highlight of his career, he cited a patriotic moment.

“I was flying into Baghdad International Airport with a young solider going for his third tour of duty. You feel so patriotic to think that the young people are just stepping up to protect our country.” Sullivan said.

“It’s sad to think that people are coming from the front lines to the unemployment lines,” he said.

During his talk, Winslow focused on the economy. He criticized the White House for closing down public tours of “the people’s” house during the recent budget cuts, instead of eliminating questionable spending by the federal government. He read off a list of extravagant spending by the Obama administration.

“$235,000 to build a robotic squirrel. Talk about nuts!” he said.

“Who the heck is running the country. I think we ought to be running the country,” he said.

Here other results of the straw poll.

North Andover Selectman

Rosemary Smedile 100%

North Andover School Committee

Mark Mezzina 72%

Zora Warren 28%

2014 Republican Candidate for Governor

Charlie Baker 41%

Scott Brown 37%

Bruce Tarr 22%

Rate President Obama’s Job Performance

Extremely Unfavorable 75%

Unfavorable 18%

Favorable 4%

Extremely Favorable 2%

Greatest Deceased Republican

Ronald Reagan 59%

Abraham Lincoln 29%

Calvin Coolidge 7%

Teddy Roosevelt 4%

Barry Goldwater 1%

Greatest Living Republican

George H.W. Bush 29%

Rand Paul 28%

George W. Bush 27%

Marco Rubio 6%

Newt Gingrich 5%

Other 5%

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