Oct 15, 2015 6:05 PM

Landrigan: Community Colleges become a potent political force 2016 candidates have to pay attention to


NASHUA - Nothing, nothing is happening to turn it all around and this is about your country; this is about your future.’’

That’s John Kasich straight talking to Nashua Community College students, a venue White House hopefuls are turning more to in this 2016 race.

The trustees chairman said it’s a constituency candidates should not ignore.

"The candidate who is reluctant to talk to the young people is a candidate that I could not support,’’ says Paul Holloway, chairman of the Community College Board of Trustees.

So after Kasich’s balanced budget-tax cut-trade-energy plan the students have at him on proposals for Social Security, welfare reform and yes, free community college tuition.

"The students in community colleges; they stay in this state so all of those issues the economy that they face they need to understand and ask the informed questions,’’ says Nashua Community College President Dr. Lucille Jordan.

Ryan Long, 19, of Amherst asks the first one about spending cuts and comes away impressed.

"I think he is the most moderate and would appeal to more Democrats than probably any other Republican,’’ Long tells NH1 News.

And a 20-year-old independent from Milford believes Kasich could achieve his lofty goals.

"You know from the words he was saying, I absolutely believe it,’’ says Jake Pendleton. "From what he was saying I could honestly feel confident and feel trust from his words.’’

Lindsay Graham went first, Kasich today, Martin O’Malley tomorrow in Concord and they all will likely follow.

"One of the things the governor said as he was leaving; he looked at all the students and thanked them for respecting democracy and I think that summed it all up,’’ President Jordan adds.

"Now you understand why when community colleges call the candidates come running,’’ concludes Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan.


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