For New Hampshire GOP, extremism isn't all that popular
June 13th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
10 years ago

For New Hampshire GOP, extremism isn't all that popular

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire Republicans will not watch Monday night's presidential debate in the same way as typical voters across the country. Any good politician knows this.

The state's traditional blend of fiscal conservatism and social tolerance poses a tricky challenge for the seven GOP candidates onstage at St. Anselm College. Answers that win applause in Iowa living rooms might not work as well in the Granite State.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Answers that win applause in Iowa living rooms might not work as well in the Granite State.
    Really? What sort of answers would earn more than a token applause in Iowa? The only answers and solutions the Republicans have arrived DOA in places like Wisconsin, which is right next door to Iowa. Do you really think the Ryan Plan is popular in Iowa? One would think that New Hampshire would be more receptivie to their ideas: ideas like cutting farm subsidies, promoting big oil, etc.

    June 13, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. gt

    the middle of america 60/40 will decide the general elections,,,,not kool aid drinkers from either side....

    June 13, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Gus Corazon

    Carol Costello asked what I would be listening for? I am waiting on a jobs legislation that they had promised and have not heard a thing. They talk social stuff which I could not care less about. When Republicans started with a vow to make Obama a 1 term president and no plan no legislation on jobs. They sound like a large group of racist. Then their governors go after unions and attacking abortion rights. The governors are making voter registration more difficult. To me these are all racist moves. Then when you take into consideration that these issues were not issues in their election, that makes them liars. I would like real and truthful proposals.

    June 13, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Ted

    The fact that there are only two or three comments on this blog shows how interested the American people are in the
    Republican circus,. ... oops, I mean debate tonight.

    June 13, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. vet in texas

    this is funny, if Romney wins the nomination than this pick exposes the TP, Romney has done the same things that you yell for Obama's head. He isn't fiscally conservative, he isn't for freedoms, he isn't a job creator, but most importantly he really isn't........(blank). If they are what they say they are, then Palin must be the nominee. Anyone else, exposes the real reason people took to the streets yelling about socialism, lower taxes, smaller government, and freedoms. The last CIC did all of those things, yet all he was....."part of the problem". Solely focusing on defeating Obama, allows you to only focus on going agaisnt anything he does just to pander to those who buy gold, emergency food, and computer protection, but it also doesn't allow yourself to say, "W, Reagan, GW, Nixon, Gingrich, Dole, Romney, Pawlenty, and Ford.......did the exact same things. Now you will have to bend on almost everything just to accept the nomination in order to beat Obama, will that pick be good for the country, or just good enough to beat Obama. Your grandchildren are depending on this, so choose wisely! Totally inept allows for vultures to come in and pick us clean (Cheney), and watch for whomever picks Perry as their running mate.

    June 13, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I think the radicals on both sides are about to get the surprise of their lives when the middle-of-the-roaders come out in droves in 2012. We are tired of sound-bites, hate, divisiveness, lower taxes for the wealthy.

    We want solutions for every-day people, and unless they are strong on that (and not lying like they did in 2010), they will not win. We are tired of MEN in washington legislating our morals and whether or not we have a job.

    June 13, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |