UPDATE, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.: Minutes ago, the White House released the details of President Obama's trip to Nashua on Thursday.
Air Force One is scheduled to fly into Wiggins Airways in Manchester at 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Obama is then scheduled to speak around 1:40 p.m. in the Nashua Community College gymnasium. Air Force One is then scheduled to fly out of Wiggins Airways at 3 p.m.
The Nashua event is free and open to the public, but tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. One ticket per person will be distributed. Tickets will be available at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
According to the White House press release, Obama's speech will focus on "his blueprint for an economy built to last with a focus on American energy."
An earlier story follows:
President Barack Obama will travel to New Hampshire next week, a White House official confirmed this afternoon.
The president will be in Nashua on Thursday to talk about the economy. The location and exact time are still being worked out and should be released early next week.
The trip is being billed as an official presidential visit, and not a campaign swing.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been focusing a great deal of attention on New Hampshire, which is considered a key in this year's presidential election. Biden was just in state yesterday,
The Republican Party, both locally and at the national level, didn't wait for all of the details on Obama's trip to emerge before offering their thoughts on the President's visit.
New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald issued this statement:
“If President Obama wants to talk about the economy, he’s coming to the right place. After pushing a failed stimulus and creating uncertainty for job creators, President Obama will find that New Hampshire has outperformed much of the nation because of our commitment to lower taxes and our Republican legislature’s success in reigning in out-of-control regulations that can hurt a fragile economy. It’s my hope that the president talks about his record because his so-called ‘accomplishments’ have made matters worse, and they stand in sharp contrast to our values of limited government and local control.”
Republican National Committee spokesman Ryan Mahoney had this to say:
“Whether President Obama designates it as an official visit or a campaign event, New Hampshire residents are still on the hook for a trip that amounts to nothing more than a taxpayer funded stop in a battleground state to save Obama’s reelection hopes. Granite State voters need real solutions to soaring gas prices and a stagnant economy, but time and time again President Obama seems more interested in using the state as a campaign prop, rather than following through on his promises he’s made to New Hampshire.”