Monday, September 1, 2008

From the Berlin Daily Sun

*Bosse makes one last swing through the North Country*

BERLIN -- Since kicking off his campaign earlier this year, Republican congressional candidate Grant Bosse has put over 30,000 miles on his green Saturn.

Promising to be in places early and often during his campaign, Bosse has been crisscrossing the Second District since late February.

Bosse is one of the four Republican candidates competing in the September 9 primary. The field of candidates included Bob Clegg, of Hudson; Jim Steiner, of Concord and Jennifer Horn, of Nashua.
Thursday morning, Bosse made what may be his last swing through the North Country before the September 9 primary.

Throughout the campaign, Bosse has made at least 12 trips to the North Country.

“We’re spending a lot of time here, we’re spending a lot of time in Nashua,” said Bosse. “We’re spending a lot of time everywhere.”

Though this may be Bosse’s first campaign, he has worked in New Hampshire politics for the past nine years. He worked as a senior legislative assistant in the N.H. House of Representatives majority office, volunteered for the N.H. Republican Party, volunteered for numerous legislative candidates, served as press secretary and political director for former Governor Craig Benson’s campaign and spent five years on Senator John Sununu’s staff, in Washington D.C. Bosse said he feels he’s offered the most detailed policies a campaign has seen in a few years, but can summarizes his campaign message in 10 words.

“Stop spending, start drilling, get government out of the way,” said Bosse.

Cutting federal spending has been the centerpiece of Bosse’s campaign. Bosse is in the middle of his “50 days, 50 ways” series, and each day he describes a federal program that can be cut to reduce federal spending.

By the end of the 50 days, Bosse said he will have proposed cuts that would total about $30 billion in annual savings. Many of the areas Bosse has proposed cuts includes congressional pay raises, out of date federal programs and unnecessary federal programs.

Throughout the campaign, Bosse has been on the street going door to door to speak with voters, and brought them his message on an individual basis.

“People vote one at a time, you have to talk to them one at a time,” said Bosse.

Bosse said he’s gotten a lot of positive feedback because he’s putting in the time to knock on doors and speak with people on a individual basis. By combining traditional on the ground campaign tactics and using the Internet, Bosse said he’s built a stronger grassroots campaign. He added he’s been reaching out to people this way rather than relying on a lot of television and radio advertising.

“We’ll see on the night of September 9 if it’s enough,” said Bosse.

It’s going to be a low turnout so it’s hard to project which voters are going to go to the polls, said Bosse.

“Well I’m voting for me so as far as I know, I’m ahead one-nothing,” said Bosse.

He added that if many of the taxpayers, gun owners and pro-life people he’s been talking to throughout the campaign head to the polls, he likes his chances, and if he hasn’t given them enough of a reason to go to the polls than he’s in trouble.

“But that’s up to them,” said Bosse. “And that’s the great part about elections.”

Bosse said he heeds a piece of advise from Executive Councilor Ray Burton when thinking about the campaign.

“You run like you’re three votes behind,” said Bosse.

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