MANCHESTER, NH – An estimated 500 supporters gathered inside a hangar at Wiggins Airways as the NH GOP NH Victory Bus actually rolled in the door after 600 miles of campaigning, and delivered the top of the ticket candidates right to the podium.
The event was designed to be a huge pep rally, with just 48-hours left to energize supporters to knock on doors, make phone calls and help mobilize a GOP wave on election day. Guests were asked to sign up to volunteer at phone banks as they entered the building.
NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn got things started, and spelled out what a Republican wave looks like, metaphorically.
“I know there’s a lot of talk out there about a wave… waves happen when every single member of a cause or a movement come together with passion and action and reach out to every single human being that they can possibly come in contact with to share the good news of Republican leadership. You are the wave. I need you out there for the next two days. It will not happen without you. This is our time. We need to crush it. We need to grab it, run with it, push their heads under over and over again until they cannot breathe anymore, until the elections are over Tuesday night and we’ve won it all,” Horn said.
Horn said the NH GOP has pulled out all the stops, mounting its largest mid-term election ground campaign in history.
Former Gov. John H. Sununu joined the party rally and pointed his remarks directly toward President Obama, who he said has “failed America, and who has in fact screwed America,” and must be sent a message by the electorate.
“We must make a change in the White House, all the way down the ticket. Think of how disgraceful it is to have a disgrace in the White House… he’s stuck it to America with Obamacare… and a violation of the Constitution almost every month,” Sununu said.
Also joining the event was his son, Sen. John E. Sununu, making his first official party appearance in six years, said Horn.
Brown took a few minutes to reinforce the same message, that it’s time to send a powerful message to Washington, D.C.
“The only way we can change direction right now is by changing senators. Can you help me with that? If you’re tired of listening to the rhetoric out of Washington, if you’re tire of having someone voting with the President and his failed policies 99 percent of the time, if you want to make sure she does not endorse those policies 99 percent of the time, we have a very very easy solution on Nov. 4, folks. Don’t miss this opportunity to right the ship, to change direction,” Brown said.
“I want to be feared militarily, I want to be feared economically, I want to be feared with our innovation and creativity, but in order to be able to do that we have to make sure Harry Reid is the minority leader, Brown said. “It’s time to take back our state. It’s time to take back America, and send a very powerful message not only to Concord but to Washington, D.C. God bless you. Let’s go get’em.”
The GOP NH Victory Tour continues Monday with several stops and a guest appearance planned by NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Walt Havenstein, who is the Republican challenger to incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, said New Hampshire voters have “a great opportunity” to get this country moving again by electing Scott Brown, Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia.
“Aren’t you sick and tired of Democrats and President Obama making failed policies in Washington and Democrats in Concord embracing those policies in New Hampshire, like expanded Obamacare? I am,” Havenstein said. “We got a chance to fire Maggie Hassan. She thinks she’s entitled to two more years. She’s not. And she’s not because she hasn’t earned it.”
“Get out this week, make sure you bring your friends, and if your friends are not inclined to vote for us, keep them at home,” Havenstein said.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she needs Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. and that she’s tired of her votes being cancelled out in Washington.
Marilinda Garcia, who is running against incumbent Democrat Ann Kuster, said what’s happening in Washington right now isn’t what’s best for Americans.
“We need solutions, we need reforms and we need people who are willing to step up and represent America,” Garcia said.
Former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta pointed out his dad, Richard Guinta, who was in the crowd and was celebrating his birthday Sunday. He is facing incumbent Democrat Carol Shea Porter in Tuesday’s election, a seat he and Porter have been taking turns winning since 2007.
“I’d like to give my dad another present on Election Day,” Guinta said.
Ayla Brown, a budding country singer and oldest daughter of Scott Brown and wife, Gail Huff, set the tone with a rousing a capella version of the National Anthem.