Nov 3, 2014 6:53 AM
Paul Steinhauser: Some tough talk as Republicans candidates ride into closing campaign rally
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER - Scott Brown's campaign bus arrived in dramatic fashion at the New Hampshire GOP's final rally before Election Day, an event that also included some rough words from two of the prominent speakers.
Brown's bus, carrying the Republican Senate nominee, as well as gubernatorial challenger Walt Havenstein, and congressional nominees Frank Guinta, a former U.S. representative, and state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, glided into an open hangar at Wiggins Airways at Manchester airport, amid blaring music and a loud ovation.
But the biggest attacks on Democrats didn't come from the candidates.
"You are the wave. I need you out there the next two days. It will not happen without you. This is our time. We need to crush it. We need to grab it. Throw it. Push their heads under over and over and over again until they cannot breath anymore," said New Hampshire Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn, as she spoke to the energized crowd.
And former Gov. John H. Sununu said people should be "embarrassed of their President who has failed America, who has screwed America, and we have to make a change."
"Think of how disgraceful it is to have a disgrace in the White House," Sununu added.
Brown counts the miles
Brown spoke last, telling the crowd that "we've done about 600 miles on this bus. We visited over 26 stops. We're going to keep going until the polls close on Election Night. So I'm asking you drive in your own bus, drive in your own car, drive your motorcycle. Walk if you have to. Do anything and everything to get each every person out."
And Havenstein joked that Republicans should "get out this week. Make sure you bring your friends. If your friends are not inclined to vote for us, keep them at home."
But the former marine and first time candidate also fired up the audience, ending his speech by saying "I know the greatness of the United States of America and I will not surrender it to those who don't."
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only Republican member of the Granite State's congressional delegation, implored the GOP supporters and activists gathered in the hanger "not leave anything behind because we can't afford to."
"Send me Marilinda Garcia, send me Frank Guinta, send me Scott Brown," she added.
Asked by NH1 how effective the rally will be in helping get out the vote, Ayotte said "I think it's important, the people that are here, these are some of our core supporters, keep them excited. They've been working really hard going door to door making phone calls putting up signs."
The event in Manchester came hours after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headlined a major Democratic Party rally in Nashua with Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.