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The second in an occasional series where I cover a single Presidential Candidate at multiple event in a day. (My day of coverage of Ben Carson from mid May is here and here).
Saturday May 30th I spent the day covering Ted Cruz this is what I saw.
My first stop was at the WRKO town hall at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett NH. I was running a tad late so unfortunately I had to park in the 3rd an auxiliary parking lot which really emphasized the size of the crowd.
It was a long walk to the venue (and a rather long walk to inside of it to the gym area.
There was no AC and it was a gorgeous saturday morning yet I hand counted 512 people by the time I sat in the corner and people were still coming in (Sen Cruz mentioned 600 people at his 2nd stop which is entirely credible).
WRKO host Jeff Kuhner moderated and introduced the Senator who gave about a 20 minute speech
That I recorded in two parts
The crowd really liked the speech. After the speech Kuhner asked him a series of question on multiple topics
who was worth 2 questions
and illegal immigrants;
On Fast Track
I must admit he educated me here
He handled the question on Senators vs Governors VERY well.
He then took questions from the Audience, on ISIS
on trust (a big conservative issue)
Boots on the Ground in Iraq
On attracting the Evangelical vote
And what to do about the GOP field
That last question was more of a speech than a question
Quick thought, can you picture Hillary Clinton taking questions like this? (Hope you weren’t drinking when I said that).
He is a strong conservative and in a very crowded field the endorsement of such a conservative leader can make a big difference.
I had interviewed the speaker many times and he mentioned he was holding a house party for the Senator directly after the event and invited me on the spot. I don’t own a GPS there was no open net in this location so he suggested I try to follow him to get there, but that’s the next post.
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This is via this piece by Erick Erickson at Townhall
“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state and the sovereignty of God.”
Archbishop Chaput 2012
Explains a lot of what we’ve seen lately, doesn’t it?
I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, ’cause they’ve found the house of Colonel Runaway.
The 11th Doctor A Good Man goes to War 2011
While Dan “Colonel Runaway” Maffei continues to dodge open Forums Ann Marie Buerkle and the Green Party Opponent answered questions from the assembled Crowd.
There was some press before the event that took a few shots before
But were not there at the end.
I’ve already posted on the comments of the audience (the voters comments always take priority) now lets look at the event itself
The candidates made their opening cases first Miss Rozum
And then Congresswoman Buerkle:
I particularly liked the format it maximized the influence of the votes while minimizing the impact of the moderator. The questions were submitted in writing from the audience, put into a basket and drawn randomly by the moderator to be asked, Audience members were offered the chance to read their own questions if they declined the moderator would read them. The first question was on Benghazi.
At the time I hadn’t heard about them men going in against orders (more on that tomorrow). The questions continued Social Security:
And High Speed Rail which has been an issue of discussion in NY as well as California
The question on Fracking was one of only three where an audience member choose to ask their question themselves
I wasn’t aware that Fracking was a big issue in NY. the Next question was on Re-Licensing Nuclear Plants
and Privatizing Social Security
The Obamacare question was very significant as layoffs had just been announced at a local hospital over it
and another question on jobs
I thought the congresswoman make a good point on the nature of what a member of congress can do.
Both candidates then made closing statements, first Miss Rozum
I thought she was a rather good representative for the far left Green Party. She made a positive case for positions that many democrats would agree with and at the end of the event there were not many of her signs still in the hall to be taken. As her opponent Congresswoman Buerkle put it:
Ursula is a woman who has the courage of her convictions and I think whether agree or disagree on one issue or ten issues the only way our society and our government and our civilization is going to come, is going to reach any solutions is if people are willing to sit down and have a robust debate and discussion on issues and I think her courage as a Green Party candidate to do what she has done is to be commended and should be appreciated by this community because what she has done has not been an easy task by any stretch.
That’s pretty high praise from an opponent.
Congresswoman Buerkle closed the event with her closing statement
Throughout the event she made a positive and rational case both for her re-election and on the issues, what was really impressive was how she didn’t over promise and talked sensibly taking the voters seriously.
The real winners of the event were the voters who were present
Not only did they ask great substantive questions
But they had direct access to the candidates who spent a few minutes afterwards talking to them
And the biggest loser that would be Dan “Colonel Runaway” Maffei who after spending 2010 running away from his record has decided a winning strategy is to run away from the voters. What can you say about a grown man, a former congressman who has less courage than a girl in her 20’s as Congresswoman Put it.
Dan Maffei’s absence has been, I think an insult to the voters of this district I think if he wants the voters to know where he stands on the issues he has a responsibility as a candidate to come forth and the (record?) and you all know where he stands.
There were four town halls, one in each county in NY-24 and Dan “Col Runaway” Maffei ducked every one of them for fear they might ask him something that he would have to answer.
There is a clear choice in this race a Congresswoman who gives access or a Congressman who runs away.
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