Former NH Congressional Candidate Hosts Presidential Forum

By Kate Merril, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Throughout the coming months, Republican candidates will have to meet a lot of voters in New Hampshire, where residents are very protective of their first-in-the-nation primary status.

In this election cycle, some Granite Staters, like mother-of-five and former talk radio host Jennifer Horn, are getting very involved for the first time.

Horn started We The People, an organization promoting personal responsibility and limited government, after she lost the race for one of New Hampshire’s congressional seats last year.

“I was looking at the world through a very serious lens and realizing that my children are not going to raise their families in the same America that I grew up in if we continue on the path that we’re on right now,” she said.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

Hoping to pave a new path, she has enlisted an army of volunteers and her family to help with events like her recent presidential forum.

“She has a lot of guts to stand up and do what she does,” said her son, Thomas Horn.

Speaking at the forum, Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also praised Horn’s “guts.”

Falling flat in New Hampshire could kill a campaign. A recent New York Times – CBS News poll found that Republican voters across the country will wait until after the New Hampshire primary to choose a candidate to support.

And that gives New Hampshire a lot of clout with candidates—most of whom have made numerous visits to New Hampshire in the past year.

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