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NHGOP Statement on Barack Obama

CONCORD – Today, Fergus Cullen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party issued the following statement:

“As Barack Obama finally wraps up the nomination to take the reins of a divided party, it is clear he has failed to convince voters that, just four years removed from the Illinois State Senate, he has the experience to serve as Commander in Chief. Millions of people across the country – including the voters of New Hampshire – signaled their doubts about Obama’s inexperience by voting for someone else. In contrast, voters of all parties have rallied around John McCain because he has delivered real change, not just talked about it.”


Bob Bruce to file for Executive council in District 4

Bob Bruce ( D-Candia) will be filing for Executive Council District Four onTuesday June 10th at 1 PM, NH Secretary of State Office, State House, Concord.

The Presidential candidates are talking about bringing change to Washington, I say it’s time to bring change to District 4.

I am running because I believe that District 4 deserves a positive, efficient and proactive Executive Councilor representing them. This campaign is about bringing independent leadership, efficiency, and accountability to Concord on behalf of the people in District 4 and the people of the state of New Hampshire.

My priorities include developing transportation and highway plans that are viable for NH and that protect our environment, including public transportation such as Light rail and Bus service. Additionally, ensuring that the needs of our children and their education are not based on political outcomes, and that the Executive Council secures contracts with responsible employers who will hire NH workers.

The responsibilities of the Executive Council include making crucial decisions that affect all of the citizens of NH. The issues are complex and require common sense and an ability to understand the long-term impact of its decisions. The issues we face are New Hampshire issues not political ones and I plan on working with state leadership in moving a Pro-NH agenda forward.

Agenda items coming before the Council are leaning more toward technology, such as the new computer systems for the Department of Education, technology issues within the Department of Safety, Medicaid management, and new technologies for our first line of defense, Police and Fire departments.

I believe my more than two decades of working in the technology sector and more than a decade of technology experience with law enforcement gives me the practical experience to make the best decisions for upgrading NH’s technological systems.

My professional experiences provide me with the ability to evaluate the expertise of the individuals coming before the Executive Council including Judges, appointments to the Executive Branch, Commissioners, Department Heads, or Citizen Members. I will ensure that they put the needs of NH residents first, not those of special interests.

I want the citizens of District 4, my prospective employers, to know that running for Executive Councilor is the most important job interview of my career. I feel that my varied life experiences are a great fit for the position I seek.

However, it is the voters, who will determine whether my life experiences and passion for a better New Hampshire qualify me to represent them in Concord.


Strafford County Democrats Launch Fall Campaign with Events Saturday 6/7, Monday 6/9

DOVER – Strafford County Democrats will launch the 2008 general election campaign in the coming week with two major events, electing county party officers this Saturday, June 7 and opening the first of two Strafford County Coordinated Campaign offices Monday evening, June 9.

Democrats from across the county will meet at the McConnell Center, 73 Locust St. in Dover Saturday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. to elect four county officers and five at-large executive committee members for the coming two years. All registered Democrats in Strafford County are eligible to run for the executive committee and vote in Saturday’s election.

U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Jeanne Shaheen will be the special guest Monday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the grand opening of the Strafford County Coordinated Campaign Office at 11 Chestnut St. in Dover. The Dover office will be the headquarters for all local Democratic campaigns up and down the ticket for federal, state and county offices. A second Strafford County Coordinated Campaign Office will open later this summer in Rochester.

“We had tremendous success in the 2006 elections,” Strafford County Democratic Committee chair Joan Ashwell said, “And hundreds of local Democrats were active in January’s presidential primary campaigns. We’re building on this excitement to elect Democrats this fall to continue our good work in Concord and bring real change to Washington and the nation.”

Tim Ashwell
Chair, Durham N.H. Democratic Town Committee


DNC - John McCain's Katrina Deception Reveals Pattern of Distortions

Washington, DC - During his media availability in Baton Rouge today, John McCain told reporters that he "supported every investigation" into what went wrong during Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately for the people of Louisiana, that is just not true.  John McCain voted TWICE to oppose a Congressional commission to examine the federal, state, and local response to the disaster: once in September 2005 and again in February 2006.

McCain's outright deception today is the latest in a string of misstatements and distortions on key issues that call into question his willingness to mislead the American people, telling them what he thinks they want to hear instead of the truth. Just last week, John McCain falsely claimed that our forces in Iraq had drawn down to pre-surge levels, then used a defense that was so misleading, one fact checker called it "an insult to our intelligence."   He falsely claimed Iran was training al-Qaida in Iraq, claimed he could walk peacefully through a Baghdad market despite requiring a massive security escort, and denied he had ever said he didn't understand the economy--all of which have proven inaccurate.

"John McCain seems perfectly comfortable misleading the American people rather than telling them the truth," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney.  "By refusing to admit that he voted against the creation of a Katrina Commission today in Baton Rouge, John McCain once again demonstrated a willingness to mislead Americans. After voting with President Bush 95 percent of the time and promising more of the same failed Bush leadership, it is no surprise that John McCain is promising more of George Bush's culture of deception and distortion. In recent days the American people have been reminded about the painful consequences of the Bush Administration's misleading propaganda, particularly in the run up to the war in Iraq. John McCain's refusal to tell the truth about his record is one more reason he is the wrong choice for America's future." 


ON A KATRINA COMMISSION: "I have supported every investigation and ways to find out what caused the tragedy." [Media Availability, Baton Rouge (LA), 6/4/08:]

  • McCain Voted Against Establishing A Commission To Study The Response To Hurricane Katrina...TWICE. McCain voted against amendments establishing a Congressional commission to examine Federal, State, and local response to devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in U.S. Gulf Region, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and other areas impacted in the aftermath; and makes immediate corrective measures to improve future responses. [2006 Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005]

ON IRAQ TROOP LEVELS:  "So I can tell you that it is succeeding. I can look you in the eye and tell you it's succeeding. We have drawn down to pre-surge levels." [Wisconsin Town Hall, 5/29/08:]

  • Combat Units Sent As Part of the Surge Will Not Be Removed Until End of July. "The increased U.S. presence in Iraq -- which topped out at about 170,000 troops -- is expected to go down to 140,000 by the end of July. U.S. officials plan to keep 15 combat brigades in Iraq through the end of the year, though ongoing assessments could allow commanders to change those numbers." [Washington Post, 5/20/08]
  • Even after planned withdrawal, Troops Won't Reach Pre-Surge Levels. "McCain said Thursday that the troop surge President Bush put in place last year was working. As evidence, McCain contended that there were fewer US troops in the country today than there were before the surge began. 'We have drawn down to pre-surge levels,' he said. But according to Pentagon figures, that's not true. Currently there are more than 150,000 troops in the country; before the surge, there were more than 130,000. Even after planned withdrawals over the next two months, there will still be 140,000 American troops there." [Boston Globe, Political Intelligence blog, 5/30/08:]
  • McCain Defense "An Insult to Our Intelligence."  McCain insists that he did not make a mistake, in verb tenses or any other way. "I said we had drawn down," he told reporters today. "I said we have drawn down and we have drawn down three of the five brigades. We have drawn down three of the five brigades. We have drawn down the marines. The rest will be home the end of July. That's just facts, the facts as I stated them.  For the record, those are NOT the facts as he "stated them." What he said was that U.S. forces had "drawn down to pre-surge levels."...Prior to the conference call, I was inclined to give McCain a maximum of two Pinocchios for his misstatement about troop levels in Iraq. Everybody misspeaks once in a while. But the attempt by the McCain media machine to spin the mistake as a simple matter of "verb tenses" is an insult to our intelligence. [Washington Post Fact Checker blog, 5/30/08:]

ON IRAN TRAINING AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS: McCain Claimed Iran Was Training Al-Queda Operatives (And Stuck By His Claim After Correcting Himself)

  • March 17, 2008:  McCain said, "As you know, there are al-Qaeda operatives that are taken back into Iran, given training as leaders, and they're moving back into Iraq." [New York Times, 3/19/08; Entire Transcript at]
  • March 18, 2008:  "'We continue to be concerned about Iranian [operatives] taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back,' he said in comments after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday afternoon. Pressed to elaborate, McCain said it is 'common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran; that's well known. And it's unfortunate.' A few moments later, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in his ear. McCain then said, 'I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.'" [Washington Post, 3/19/08]
  • March 19, 2008:  In a statement on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, McCain said "Al Qaeda and Shia extremists -- with support from external powers such as Iran -- are on the run but not defeated." [McCain Presidential Campaign Press Release via Targeted News Service, 3/19/08]
  • McCain Is Wrong: Iran Is Not Training Al Qaeda. "Mr. McCain said several times during his visit to Jordan - during a news conference and a radio interview -- that he was concerned that Iran was training members of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The United States believes that Iran, a Shiite country, has been training and financing Shiite extremists in Iraq, but not Al Qaeda, which is a Sunni insurgent group…Mr. McCain has based his campaign in large part on his assertion that he is the best prepared candidate to deal with Iraq." [New York Times, 3/18/08]

ON THE BAGHDAD MARKET: McCain Claimed He Could Safely Walk Around Certain Baghdad Neighborhoods.  "McCain's latest problem began before he left for the region, when he told Bill Bennett on the radio that 'there are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk today.' After Michael Ware of CNN's Baghdad bureau accused the senator of living in 'Neverland,' McCain charged that it's reporters who are living in a 'time warp of three months ago.'"  [Newsweek, 4/16/2007]

  • McCain Was Forced to Admit He "Misspoke" When He Failed to Mention His Massive Security During Baghdad Market Trip.  "Wearing a bulletproof vest and surrounded by 100 soldiers in Baghdad's central market, McCain said: 'Never have I been able to go out into the city as I was today.' Headlines soon after called his statements 'propaganda' and a 'magic-carpet ride.'"  An op-ed in the Rocky Mountain News called McCain's staged walk through a Baghdad market "a truly Orwellian publicity stunt," that was turned into a "desperate attempt to give some sliver of credence to claims that the dreaded 'liberal media' are failing to report on all the wonderful things happening in Iraq…Chastened, McCain issued a half-hearted apology a few days later, saying he 'mis- spoke' when he pointed to his little walk under the protection of several platoons from the world's most powerful military as evidence of Baghdad's excellent shopping opportunities."  [Washington Post, 4/7/2007; Rocky Mountain News, 4/10/2007]

ON HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ECONOMY: McCain denied saying he wasn't well versed in economics.

  • McCain Claimed That He Never Acknowledged He Wasn't Well Versed In Economics.
    TIM RUSSERT: You have said repeatedly, quote, I know a lot less about economics than I do about military or foreign policy issues. I need to be educated. is it a problem for the campaign that the economy is the most important issue, one by your own acknowledgment you're not well versed on.
    JOHN MCCAIN: I don't know where you got that quote from. I'm very well versed in economics. I was there at the Reagan revolution. [Fact Checker, Washington Post, 1/25/08,]
  • McCain Has Acknowledged That He Doesn't Understand Economics Well.
    "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain said. "I've got Greenspan's book." --Boston Globe, Dec. 12, 2007.
    "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated." --Stephen Moore, "Reform, Reform, Reform,", 11/26/05 
    [Fact Checker, Washington Post, 1/25/08,]

NH GOP - On Democratic State Senate Filings

CONCORD – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen releases the following statement on Democratic state senate filings:

“In a year when voters are demanding change, New Hampshire Democrats have lined up a slate of Concord insiders hand-picked by party bosses. The same party bosses are using heavy-handed tactics to prevent primaries instead of letting voters choose. The Democratic slate of state senate candidates does not represent the change voters are looking for this year.”