GOP panel stresses teamwork, sincerity
In the Granite State, the underdog story is what is important, said Michael Biundo, who previously managed Santorum's presidential campaign. Once candidates leave New Hampshire, the campaign becomes all about the money, he said.
"That is what it takes to win this state," he said, adding it is not about the candidate with the best speech or the deepest pockets, but rather their commitment and their qualities.
While Merrill had no announcements regarding Romney's future political intentions, Merrill did say he would be pleased if Romney took another stab at the White House.
Paul Young, former senior adviser to Perry, echoed the sentiments that New Hampshire has a unique climate for welcoming candidates. It is a privilege to visit the state, shake hands with residents and really get the opportunity to show a candidate's sincerity, he said.
A candidate can truly make his or her mark in New Hampshire, said Andy Demers, a political consultant who worked on Paul's campaign, adding the people of this state take their responsibility as the first primary voters very seriously. Demers said he also had no announcements to make in regards to Paul's possible run for office.
National campaigns can easily take over elections, maintained Horn, stressing New Hampshire residents focus on true grassroots initiatives.
"We have to be the compass leaders for our children," said Reeves, who spent $1.2 million on his election.
He urged those in attendance to follow in the path of former President Ronald Reagan, saying Reagan was a man from humble beginnings who guided America with humble leadership.
Republicans have the opportunity to make advancements and win elections in the Northeast, according to Hwang, who said the GOP can be the Big Tent party.
New Hampshire used to be exceptional, said Sanborn, maintaining it could be once again with proven Republican solutions to problems such as unemployment and by promoting the right policies and improving communications.
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