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John McCain: I Can't Imagine Someone Campaigning In New Hampshire Without Town Halls
MANCHESTER – On Sunday, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the two-time winner of New Hampshire’s First In The Nation primary, joined the growing chorus of voices stressing the importance of town hall meetings in the Granite State. McCain, who has been dubbed the “modern grandfather” of town halls, stated he “could not imagine someone campaigning without them” in our state, adding that voters here “expect” their candidates to participate in the time-honored tradition.
Recently, Jeanne Shaheen has come under increasing fire for refusing to hold a town hall in nearly two years. The Nashua Telegraph editorialized last week that they “would like to see our representatives hold more of them.” The growing criticism of Shaheen’s lack of town halls has coincided with her plummeting poll numbers, as a survey from WMUR/UNH on Friday showed that her favorability rating dropped 9-points since last month.
By contrast, Scott Brown has hosted four town hall meetings as part of the "New Hampshire Speaks" series, including one with Sen. McCain last week on foreign policy. He will be hosting another one this week in Stratham.
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SEN. MCCAIN: I do town hall meetings all the time in Arizona, all the time and here I think they're a vital ingredient. I would have never carried New Hampshire in the presidential primary if it were not for town hall meetings. I can't imagine someone campaigning without them. People in New Hampshire not only want to see you, they want to ask you questions. I don't have to tell you or any of our viewers. It's just -- it's part of the routine that makes New Hampshire unique, first in the nation status. They take that responsibility very seriously and I think they expect them to communicate with them as well.