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Fed Up With the Republican Party?
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The New Hampshire Primary is now only five days away. We have a jam-packed schedule and Fred will be in every corner of the state before Tuesday's all-important Primary. His current schedule is online at www.fredkarger.com, and is listed below:
Friday, January 6, 2012
(11:00a-3:00p) Fred Friday at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
(5:00-9:00p) Hillsborough County GOP Dinner 2012 Primary Gala, Nashua, NH
(10:00p) Campaigning at The Breezeway, Manchester, NH
(11:00p) Campaigning at The Element, Manchester, NH
(11:30p) Campaigning at Strange Brew, Manchester, NH
Saturday, January 7, 2012
(1:00p) Speech - Occupy New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
(2:00p) Operation Pride March - Manchester, NH
(7:00p) Canadian Club Meet & Greet, Manchester, NH
(11:30p) Tabling & Campaigning, Club 313, Manchester, NH
Sunday, January 8, 2012
(9:00a) Meet the Press Debate, The Chubb Theatre, Concord, NH
(1:00p) Lunch & Campaigning, Lindy's Diner, Keene, NH (REVISED)
(2:00p) Campaigning, Brewbakers Cafe, Keene, NH
(2:30p) Campaigning, Toadstool Bookstore, Keene, NH
(3:00p) House Party, Gilsum, NH
(5:00p) Tour of AIDS Services for the Manadnock Region, Gilsum, NH
(9:00p) Hofstra University Student & Faculty Discussion, Manchester, NH
Monday, January 9, 2012
(all day) Campaigning & Interviews
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
(all day) Campaigning & Visiting Polling Locations
This story in the Keene Sentinel by Casey Farrar really captures the theme of Fred's campaign:
Angry? Karger says I’m your ‘protest vote’
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 12:15 pm | Updated: 2:09 pm, Mon Dec 12, 2011.
By Casey Farrar Sentinel Staff
For link to story, CLICK HERE
Fred Karger spent decades trying to blend in during much of his career as a political strategist with the Republican Party.
It wasn’t until after his retirement that Karger became openly gay and a political activist.
Now, billing himself as the first openly gay presidential candidate, Karger, 61, is quick to point out what differentiates him from the field of candidates making a bid for the White House.
He calls himself a moderate Republican in a conservative field and says if elected he’d focus on decreasing political polarization in Washington, D.C.
“The Republican Party has been taken over by the far right,” said Karger during a meeting Thursday with The Sentinel’s editorial board. “These are the people that have been working very hard for 30 years in the vineyards to take over the county parties, the state parties, the national party; this is what they do, which is really not that significant in the scheme of things because candidates have usurped the parties now.”
Karger, who supports gay marriage, abortion and lowering the voting age, said he wants to see the Republican Party focus on values held by Republicans such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
And while Karger’s open to compromise with Democrats, he said he would also make tough decisions to dig the country out of difficult economic times, something he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama has done.
A jobs plan he calls “Jobs Now” is one of the centerpieces of his campaign.
The plan includes a proposal to create an employment website run by the federal government to match unemployed people with open jobs and to offer tax credits to help cover relocation costs if families have to move to fill available jobs.
He also proposes a one-time tax holiday where businesses could move overseas operations back to the U.S., and instead of paying the 35 percent tax rate on corporate earnings they’d be assessed a flat 7.5 percent fee, with the revenue going into a trust fund.
Money from the trust fund, which Karger proposes be run by businessman Warren Buffett, would be used to provide micro-loans to small businesses.
Karger said he’d tackle the federal budget by proposing rolling cuts to federal departments, but would not necessarily be opposed to raising taxes.
Business experience and campaigning with a small budget and a staff of six has given him practice, he said.
“I am running a national campaign on a shoestring budget and making some good headway ... I could raise some more money, but I am also liking the challenge of doing things inexpensively,” he said. “I’m cheap, and that’s what the country needs.”
Karger said if elected, he’d work to pull all troops out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible and he supports auditing the Pentagon and cutting defense spending, including reducing the U.S. military presence in countries including South Korea and Germany.
He also favors repealing the federal health care reform law passed last year and instead offering financial incentives to states that pass health care laws, while penalizing those that don’t.
One of the main stumbling blocks of his candidacy has been a lack of national exposure, Karger said.
He hasn’t been in any nationally televised debates and has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, which Karger claims changed its debate eligibility requirements to keep him out.
Karger announced his bid for president before many of the other candidates and has focused much of his time in the Granite State, renting a Manchester house that doubles as his campaign headquarters.
But despite the hurdles to getting his name out, Karger said he hopes to bring some levity to the race for the Republican nomination.
He goes door-knocking trailed by a bagpipe player, hands out Frisbees emblazoned with his campaign slogan “Fred Who?,” and last month released a memoir that discusses everything from early acting ambitions and crashing the Oscars to hiding his sexual orientation from colleagues and friends for decades.
He’s hoping to draw New Hampshire voters during the Jan. 10 primary who are fed up with the Republican Party.
“It’s a protest vote,” he said. “... I realize if people are mad — which they are at the Republican Party, and I think a big chunk of the 42 percent of independents have left the Republican Party because of the tea party and the rightward movement — that I will be that protest vote.”
Casey Farrar can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1435, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred in the News
Here's just some of the coverage we've been getting in NH:
Patch.com covers our visit to the Federal Cigar in Portsmouth & Vote in the Matchbook Straw Poll.
WMUR TV has been covering us every day.
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