NH newspaper blasts Romney for competing in Nevada
October 18th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
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NH newspaper blasts Romney for competing in Nevada

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The largest newspaper in the nation's first primary state has a message for presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "New Hampshire is watching."

The New Hampshire Union Leader published an editorial Tuesday chiding Romney for continuing to campaign in Nevada while several of his GOP opponents boycott events in that state.

Nevada's GOP moved up the date of its caucus to Jan. 14, which threatens New Hampshire's long-held first primary status and may push its nominating contest into December. The state's election law states that it not only goes first but also seven days before any similar contest.

Led by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, many in the GOP field are pledging to skip Nevada's contest if the state continues to threaten New Hampshire's status.

A national committeeman on the Nevada GOP's executive board last week alleged Romney had a direct role in pushing up Nevada's caucus in order to gain more momentum for his campaign.

On Tuesday, the editorial board argued such a move by Romney would be against New Hampshire's best interest.

"Romney is willing to sacrifice an institution beneficial to the republic (the New Hampshire primary) for his own political advantage," the editorial asserts. "The Nevada move weakens all 2012 candidates not named Romney and threatens all future New Hampshire primaries."

Romney's campaign responded last week but didn't directly address allegations that he interfered with the primary calendar process.

"Governor Romney respects the essential role our Primary plays in selecting our Republican nominee, and is unequivocally committed to New Hampshire hosting the first Primary contest during the 2012 cycle and beyond," Romney's New Hampshire adviser Jim Merrill said in a statement last week, adding that the governor will compete in all nominating contests, as New Hampshire retains its first-in-the-nation primary status.

Meanwhile, Romney continues to show his strength in Nevada. On the same day as the CNN/Republican Western Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Romney announced the support of 35 state representatives.

He also opened his Nevada campaign headquarters Monday night.

The Union Leader explains New Hampshire is beneficial to candidates who lack huge campaign chests and who spend time meeting voters through retail politicking in the sate.

"Romney's campaign bank balance is stronger than his skills at retail politics," the editorial states.

The editorial board warns other states could be "emboldened" by Nevada in the next presidential cycle in 2016, further threatening New Hampshire's status.

Romney has a significant lead in the recent state polls, but voters here are still largely undecided.

The secretary of state has not set a date for New Hampshire's primary but has suggested it could be held in early or mid-December.

–CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. lou

    I would be pretty sweet if he got knocked out early by New Hampshire. This guy has no real convictions. More wishy-washy than the democrats.

    October 18, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. TXJim

    It doesn't matter.. the GOP isnt winning Nevada in 2012 anyway..

    October 18, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney's campaign bank balance is stronger than his skills at retail politics," the editorial states."

    Yep. Just ask all the folks who lost their jobs when Romney "swept" into town as CEO of Bain. Same cut and run Romney logic is evident once again. Nevada is pay back time for Romney, who spent month after month in Nevada endorsing one candidate after another during the 2010 elections. Just calling in his chits, regardless of it's effect on a leaderless party not all that thrilled about him to begin with.

    October 18, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. AllenS

    Whine whine whine. New Hampshire already doesn't have a sales tax, they can sit back and wait to be pandered to by candidates.

    October 18, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney is liberal, actually today (current) Obama more conservative than Romney

    October 18, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    "The editorial board warns other states could be "emboldened" by Nevada in the next presidential cycle in 2016, further threatening New Hampshire's status."
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    They are speaking strictly from their own conservative perspective here. What that really means is that come 2016, Tea Party *Republicans* in other states may let their emotions rule their decisions and we will have an even larger primary scheduling mess than what we are seeing for 2012.

    Remember, it is Republican controlled state legislatures that are setting these primary dates, or changing them on a moment's notice. Have you noticed how throughout this entire primary debate debacle, no Democrats are in the news?

    October 18, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. MTATL67

    I have always been a huge fan of the New England toughness and independence but in this case New Hampshire Republicans get over yourself. There are more important issues than this and looking at the lead stories on the Union Leader web-site y'all have more important things going on right now than when a GOP primary is being held.

    October 18, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Honestly, has this whole dang country turned into a country of complainers and whiners??!! In my best Arnold vocie, Stop your whining!! Who's your daddy?! Yes, Mitt Romney is so chill and get over yourselves.

    October 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    MTATL67 wrote:
    I have always been a huge fan of the New England toughness and independence but in this case New Hampshire Republicans get over yourself. There are more important issues than this
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    I've always been a huge fan of the food. The spirit you refer to is evident in all of the americana comfort food that has come out of New England. They've given us apple pies, thanksgiving dinners, creamy chowders, baked beans, and more. New England's latest gift to americana is Willard "Mitt" Romney. Digest that conservatives.

    October 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    The Union Leader is one of the most conservative newspapers in the country. Small wonder they're blasting one of only 2 people in the field who aren't right-wing nut-jobs. Is Romney the only Republican competing in NV? I bet not. Why are they not speaking up against the others, then?

    October 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    New England's latest gift to americana is Willard "Mitt" Romney. Digest that conservatives.
    =======================================================================
    We already have. And when he trounces Obama in 2012, you will too!!

    October 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    "has the whole dang country into a country of complainers and whiners?" This is funny coming from a REPUBLICAN, the ones that whine and cry about practically EVERYTHING Obama has done or tried to do. They whined when he won the Nobel Peace Prize and cheered when he couldn't get the Olympics for the US. And I do agree thus we have become a nation of whiners. And Mitt will do ANYTHING to become POTUS.

    October 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Independent Voter

    The Chicago bosses still maintain control in Nevada somehow.

    October 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    New England's latest gift to americana is Willard "Mitt" Romney. Digest that conservatives.
    =======================================================================
    We already have. And when he trounces Obama in 2012, you will too!!
    ------------------------------------
    No, thanks. He's bad for my health care.

    October 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    New Hampshire is a little too full of itself to continue thinking that they deserve to set the tone and influence presidential politics the way they have in the past. The times, they are a changin.

    October 18, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Rep. Paul: Cain's ‘9-9-9’ plan is 'dangerous'"

    Newsflash to Rondroid: It's supposed to be...it would obliterate the middle class and severely harm the poor while destroying Medicare and SS...that's why the nutbag conservative right wing extremist Teatrolled morons like it.

    October 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Some of my best friends are corporations

    Willard's motto: ANYTHING for a vote. At some point Willard should debate himself over the issues he flip flops on.
    The many faces of Mittens.

    October 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country
    New England's latest gift to americana is Willard "Mitt" Romney. Digest that conservatives.
    =======================================================================
    We already have. And when he trounces Obama in 2012, you will too!!

    October 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
    **********************************************************************************************************************

    Speak for yourself, thank you.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

    October 18, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Flipping Mittens can't seem to get ANYTHING right or find his stride.
    Who died and crowned New Hampshire?

    October 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |