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GOP Gubernatorial Debate at Franklin Pierce University

June 13, 2012

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Dr. James Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University, will welcome the two Republican candidates for governor of New Hampshire in their first debate on Thursday, July 12, as part of WMUR-TV's Commitment 2012: Candidates in Your Community. The debate will be between Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne and former State Representative Kevin Smith.

The event, hosted by Franklin Pierce’s Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, will stream live on from Spagnuolo Hall on the Rindge campus starting at 11:59 a.m.; guests should be seated by 11:50 a.m. WMUR’s James Pindell will moderate the hour-long debate. Members of the general public can reserve free tickets by filling out a form on the Franklin Pierce University website:

Tickets are limited, and early reservations are highly suggested.




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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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