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First GOP Gubernatorial Debate Sparks Lively Discussion at FPU

July 13, 2012

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Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne and former State Representative Kevin Smith engaged in their first GOP Gubernatorial debate on July 12, held at Franklin Pierce University (FPU) and co-hosted by the FPU’s Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, and WMUR. Dr. James Birge, President of FPU, welcomed the candidates, citing the continued involvement in the upcoming political elections by the Franklin Pierce community, which includes the largest class of new incoming students in Franklin Pierce’s history, who will walk on campus 600-strong in the fall of 2012.

The two Republican candidates for governor of New Hampshire each offered an opening statement, and then the candidates were questioned by WMUR’s moderator James Pindell and Priscilla Morrill of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. The ensuing debate was a civil and energized conversation covering everything from education to healthcare, the state deficit, the environment, energy sources, same-sex marriage, abortion, immigration, and more. The hour-long debate was part of WMUR-TV's Commitment 2012: Candidates in Your Community and tickets were free to the public; approximately 85 audience members were in attendance.




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