In case you missed it, the White House announced today that President Barack Obama plans to travel to New Hampshire Thursday to discuss the economy. This trip comes just a week after President Obama’s own pollster released numbers showing the incumbent’s favorability in the state at only 47 percent.
“The poll, which was conducted by the same firm that also works for Barack Obama’s campaign, also found President Obama’s favorability in the state at 47 percent.” (James Pindell, WMURPoliticalScoop.com, 2/16/2012)
Included below is comment from New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald:
“If President Obama wants to talk about the economy, he’s coming to the right place. After pushing a failed stimulus and creating uncertainty for job creators, President Obama will find that New Hampshire has outperformed much of the nation because of our commitment to lower taxes and our Republican legislature’s success in reigning in out-of-control regulations that can hurt a fragile economy. It’s my hope that the president talks about his record because his so-called ‘accomplishments’ have made matters worse, and they stand in sharp contrast to our values of limited government and local control.” – Wayne MacDonald, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee
President Obama to Visit New Hampshire Thursday
February 24, 2012 1:21 P.M.
President Obama will visit Nashua, N.H., Thursday to discuss the economy, the White House announced today. No further details were immediately released.
For Obama, it will be the second visit to the general election swing state in the last three months. In November, he visited a Manchester high school to promote his plan to extend the payroll tax cut as part of an overall jobs package.
He won New Hampshire in 2008 over Senator John McCain, but the state shifted sharply to the right in the 2010 midterm elections, both in the state house and in its congressional delegation. His reelection committee has cited New Hampshire as a potential battleground if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney, who served as governor in neighboring Massachusetts.
Vice President Joe Biden gave an election-style speech yesterday to a crowd at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. It was part of a three-state swing, including Massachusetts, to raise money for Democrats.
The president, meanwhile, was in Miami yesterday, defending his administration’s energy policy in the face of rising prices of gasoline and home heating oil.