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Obama Stops in Windham, Rochester Confirmed

He will speak about middle-class economic security.

The campaign for President Barack Obama released details this afternoon on two appearances scheduled for Windham and Rochester.

Obama will start this Saturday in the Windham High School gymnasium, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. and the event taking place at 2 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public, with tickets required to enter.

Those tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8 a.m., you can visit one of the following locations to pick up tickets:

Concord OFA Office
Portsmouth OFA Office
Nashua OFA Office
Lebanon OFA Office
Keene OFA Office
Exeter OFA Office
Salem OFA Office
Manchester OFA Office
Claremont OFA Office
Peterborough OFA Office
Plymouth OFA Office
Hampton OFA Office
Milford OFA Office

Windham High School assistant principal Bob Dawson said that three representatives from the Obama campaign “literally walked in the front door” and proposed a visit from the President.

Dawson called the WHS gymnasium the “perfect” place for an event such as this, comparing the visit to that of Gov. John Lynch for the Class of 2012 graduation in June.

"This is graduation times 100,” Dawson said. "It’s the most incredible, positive PR we’ve had.”

He added that recent appearances from Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul at the school likely made the location a good campaign draw.

Windham Democratic Town Chair Kristi St. Laurent called the visit "fantastic," saying that it's great that the town now has a facility available to provide an opportunity for campaign appearances.

"I think he's recognizing the significant voter base in Southern New Hampshire," she said.

St. Laurent has already contacted all of the members of her committee to provide ticket information.

According to Windham School District Business Administrator Adam Steel, the campaign will be charged for custodial overtime and utility charges of $20 per hour.

"The campaign will be paying for those charges directly," he said.

Information on arrangements between the campaign and the town's police and fire departments is not yet available.

The second campaign stop in Rochester will take place at Rochester Commons, with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. and the event taking place at 4:35 p.m. Ticket distribution will take place starting at the same time at the following OFA offices:

Rochester OFA Office
Concord OFA Office
Portsmouth OFA Office
Dover OFA Office
Laconia OFA Office
Exeter OFA Office
Conway OFA Office
Berlin OFA Office
Littleton OFA Office
Hampton OFA Office
Portland, Maine OFA Office

A press release issued Thursday morning says President Obama will discuss "middle-class economic security" during his two New Hampshire stops.

"The President will discuss the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create more middle-class jobs and pay down the debt," the release reads. "The President believes the only way to build an economy meant to last is to build it from the middle out, not the top down. He will highlight his plan to restore middle-class security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term, like education, energy, innovation, and infrastructure."

Super Fun Size August 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Your upset that the President added 983 billion to a deficit while we fought though a recession? Would you have raised taxes during that time to pay down the debt? What would Republicans said about that?
Super Fun Size August 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Your argument is getting tougher to make now that your candidate plans to cuts more out of seniors entitlements than President Barack Obama does.
Ruth Wolf August 27, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Hello, this is my opinion so if you wish to call me names, it's ok, but my mother was a type 2 diabetic on insulin. After years of being diabetic she began to have problems. She lost her balance and shattered her hip, A couple years later she had colon problems due to scar tissue from radiation treatments for cancer that she had yeara earlier, The doctor had to take a large amount of her colon out which left her to deal with colostomy bags. Then at a regular check up, the doctor saw a spot on her lungs and he wanted to do lung surgery. My mother said no, she was 78 yrs old and didn't want to go through any more surgeries. The doctor honored her wishes after they talked it over. The doctor had already sent in paper work to medicare and her insurance company and both approved the surgery but they honored what she wanted and didn't have the surgery, That is what I hope the new health care the President has formed will still have. I have read everything I could on the President's plan. Here is the question I have and can't as of yet find an answer. On Mr. Romney;s plan, he says we can stay on the present system if we want. We choose an insurance company to handle our medicare and they will be investing the voucher. He is going to deregulate the banking system and I think the insurance companies also? If we choose a company and they make the wrong choices and go under like the banks did, do we lose our medical? What are our safeguards to keep that from happening.
Nikki Arguin August 27, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Ruth, I hope no one calls you names, you have been through enough already. As I understand it, people on Medicare now under the Romney plan, won't have their plans changed, they are grandfathered into the old plan. To answer your second part of your question, I don't know. It's a very, very valid point. Here are pros and cons of the Ryan Plan on AARP http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-06-2012/medicare-proposals-pros-and-cons.html With the ACA or Obamacare, your costs will come down... with the closing of the doughnut holes, not being charged for preventative care, etc. Here is their info on the ACA http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-06-2012/supreme-court-upholds-affordable-care-act.html I wish you comfort for you and your mother.
Sonia Prince August 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Ruth, I'm so sorry about what happened. Romney has not answered those details about his plan. The one thing I worry about is that seniors do not want to spend their time "shopping around" with the vouchers to private companies; not to mention fight with them when they don't pay what they are supposed to, as they very often do. Just recently, I had to fight to get my children's immunizations covered (they said "oops" but I found out other co-workers had the same thing happen and the insurance companies hoped we wouldn't notice and pay. I also worry that the vouchers will stay the same as the cost of living rises every year, and that seniors will now have to pay 68% out of pocket at private company prices.

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