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2016: Will Connecticut be Relevant in Presidential Campaign?

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It’s no secret I’ve been disappointed at Connecticut’s fading impact on presidential politics. The 2012 presidential primary was a low attended affair, by the candidates and the voters. By the time the primary came around in April, Mitt Romney had the nomination wrapped up so there was no need to campaign here. As a solid blue state, Romney and President Obama chose not to woo voters for the general election, and instead they spent days meeting voters in Ohio, New Hampshire and other battleground states. They only came here to raise money, and there were no campaign events or rallies.

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Can anything be done to get Connecticut voters the same treatment as voters in Iowa, South Carolina or Nevada? We’ll discuss that this Sunday on Face the State. Think it’s too early to talk about this? Nonsense. Potential candidates are already visiting states with early primaries. The first debates will be held in two years.

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We are joined by the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, political analyst and Face the State moderator emeritus Duby McDowell, and the Yankee Institute’s Fergus Cullen, former New Hampshire Republican party chairman. McDowell suggested moving Connecticut’s primary to a Saturday, Merrill called for a regional primary, and Cullen talked about how the Constitution State can learn from the Granite State. He agreed with a recommendation by former Secretary of the State Pauline Kezer that Republicans open their primary to independent voters.

You can watch the entire discussion, this Sunday at 11AM on Face the State, only on Channel 3 and right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8897417

Read more about this topic right here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/obama-and-romney-take-a-pass-on-connecticut-voters-and-media/

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