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Welcome to New Hampshire Presidential Candidates

Thursday, May 7, 2015 9:35
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By Tom Thomson

I would like to welcome all 2016 Presidential Candidates of both parties and those who are still considering running for President of the United States.

New Hampshire hosts the “First in the Nation Primary” which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this primary election. We may be a small state both in population and geography, but for most Presidential Candidates, it’s a “Big Deal,” as our experienced voters level the playing field for all who seek to run for President.

To be successful here, you need to plan early, to be prepared to work hard, to assemble a better grass roots team than anyone else (my suggestion: consider New Hampshire folks who know the lay of the land), to not be afraid to come back to New Hampshire often, like every other week or more frequently and not to be afraid to campaign north of Concord. Yes, there are voters in the North Country and on Election Day they remember and reward those who have visited them.

New Hampshire voters take Presidential Campaigning seriously. We want to see and meet each of you two to three times before we decide. It’s kind of like buying a car; we check you out, kick the tires, ask tough questions to see which of you performs the best and who will reduce big government within our daily lives, lower taxes and reduce regulations, etc. Above all, don’t get impatient with us as it takes us time. This is a big decision for our family, our state and our nation. That’s how it works in New Hampshire – the “First in the Nation Primary”.

New Hampshire also has a long history of what we refer to as “The Pledge.” Nearly fifty years ago my father, the late New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson (1973-1979), decided to run for office (1968) and he pledged to the voters that he would “Ax the Tax,” which simply meant that he promised to the people if elected to serve he would veto a sales or income tax and today, New Hampshire continues to have neither tax.

From that first Pledge, the voters made clear in New Hampshire that we expect those running for office to Pledge what they stand for and that they would be willing to sign “The Pledge” before asking for our support and our vote.

After my father’s passing in 2001, I decided it was important to continue “The Pledge” and I know Dad would approve. First the Pledge has been every two years for county and state elected officials as well as state Congressional and Senatorial elections, which has been very successful in protecting our voters. In 2010, I decided it was time that we should have a Presidential Pledge, which was ready in 2011 for the “First in the Nation Primary.” Candidates from both parties were asked to sign and on August 12, 2011 Governor Mitt Romney was the first of eight to sign “The Presidential Pledge”.

The 2016 Presidential Pledge will be ready to sign within the week and I encourage all Presidential Candidates to sign the “First in the Nation Primary Pledge,” which is attached below. I plan to reach out to each Presidential Candidate and ask them to sign “The Pledge”.

I also encourage each Presidential Candidate to spend as much time as you can in New Hampshire and don’t you, your staff and the media forget to take a few extra minutes before leaving our great state to do some shopping for your families and loved ones; it’s TAX FREE.

Happy campaigning in New Hampshire, the “First in the Nation’s Primary” with its proud motto “Live Free or Die.” Hope to see you on the campaign trail!

Tom Thomson
Orford, New Hampshire

Click the link below to see the Presidential Pledge:


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