Ben Cohen at College Convention Thursday

Priorities Campaign president and Ben & Jerry's co-founder will use Oreos to illustrate America's need for sensible budget priorities

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Priorities Campaign president and Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen will introduce several hundred politically minded students to his campaign for sensible federal budget priorities when he addresses the College Convention 2008 at noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Center of New Hampshire/Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

"This is an historic moment. We have the power to change the direction of the United States," says Cohen. "We need to start judging ourselves not on how many people we can kill, but how many people we can house, clothe, feed and care for."

PrioritiesNH, a project of Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, is working to shift America's budget priorities to increase federal investment in education, health care, energy independence, job training and deficit reduction -- at no additional taxpayer expense -- by reducing funding for outdated Cold War weapons and a stockpile of 10,000 nuclear warheads.

PrioritiesNH has been the most visible and aggressive issue campaign in this NH Primary season. Its eye-catching vehicles, like the PigMobile and Topsy-Turvy School Bus, have crisscrossed the Granite State; its Cookie Mom has sweetened dozens of presidential campaign events; and its small army of activists has questioned the candidates nearly 200 times about their budget priorities.

As a result of Priorities efforts in NH and Iowa, several candidates who would not even acknowledge Pentagon waste when they began campaigning now routinely talk about the need to identify wasteful Pentagon spending and shift the funding to Americans' real priorities.

Cohen is the noon plenary speaker at the Convention, which drew a thousand participants from more than 30 states and countries when last held in 2004. The full schedule and media credentialing information are available at the College Convention Website:

For information about the PrioritiesNH campaign, please visit our Web site at  or contact Campaign Director Steve Varnum at