Edwards Stand on the NH Primary

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 4, 2006

Contact:Wayne Semprini @ 603-225-9341

NH GOP Calls on Edwards to Stand Up for NH Primary


CONCORD, N.H. – On July 22, 2006, the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to hold a caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire, a ruling which jeopardizes New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary status.


Today, former U.S. Senator John Edwards is visiting New Hampshire to campaign for state democrats. During Edwards’ last visit to NH, he said that he supports having more diverse states play an earlier role in the nominating process and that he needed to see the DNC’s final plan before he makes up his mind.


New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne Semprini said, “Now that the DNC has made their recommendation, I would like to know what Senator Edwards’ position is. New Hampshire deserves to know if we can count on his support to protect our primary status.”


“”Senator Edwards should be more aware than others of the importance that the New Hampshire primary holds,” said Semprini. “After finishing fourth in the 2004 New Hampshire primary, he knows first hand that votes are not bought here, but earned. Weakening our primary position would be a disservice to the process and to all Presidential candidates.”