NH Journal and the NH House Business Coalition hosted its first ‘Future of Small Business in America’ forum, featuring special guest Newt Gingrich. After introductory remarks from State Rep. Laurie Sanborn, who chairs the House Business Coalition, the group of small business owners, state legislators, and New Hampshire voters gathered had the opportunity to question Gingrich about the issues, ranging from the struggles of community and local banks, to federal food safety regulations, to how we can reduce medical research and development costs. The event was held at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, and was made possible by sponsor Dennehy & Bouley.
Media attention has been focused on whether Gingrich will be able to continue to campaign effectively after facing a major setback when over a dozen key staffers and consultants resigned last week. The clear answer for anyone seeing him in action at Tuesday’s event, coming the day after his widely praised debate performance, is yes. Newt is perhaps the only candidate in the current 2012 field who could weather such a storm, as he’s seen it all in his long political career and is known for his tenacity.
While Gingrich didn’t directly address the staff departures during his remarks, he spoke of running a different sort of campaign, a campaign built by the people, for the people, and built on a foundation of big ideas rather than traditional campaign strategy. We’ll be surprised to see him go anytime soon.
Here’s Newt in his own words: