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What should we name McCain?


09/12/18



 In late summer 2008, wearing an Elvis T-shirt, I headed to the Minneapolis Hilton, where I would be staying along with the rest of the New Hampshire delegation to the National Republican Convention. As I approached the front door I was surprised to see that there were security guards everywhere. I was immediately stopped and asked for identification to ensure that someone wearing an Elvis shirt was supposed to be there. What  I didn’t realize was that the New Hampshire delegation would be staying at McCain headquarters. This was not a coincidence. John McCain loved New Hampshire and New Hampshire loved John McCain.

In the 2000 New Hampshire primary, John McCain, in a huge upset, defeated George W. Bush, 48.5 percent to 30.4 percent. During the New Hampshire campaign, McCain used to love saying that when he began the race polls had him at 3 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent which meant that he could’ve started at -2 percent.
But the 2000 McCain campaign caught on like wildfire in the Granite State. My family had the great honor and privilege of having Sen. McCain at our home. We squeezed nearly 200 people  into the house. Those lucky enough to have been there still talk about it. 
I was part of the New Hampshire team in 2000 that followed McCain to South Carolina to lend a hand in helping to continue the momentum. But things were very different in South Carolina and McCain did not carry the state. As we all know, George W. Bush won the 2000 Republican nomination and the presidency.
In 2008, Senator McCain once again entered the New Hampshire primary, and once again he won, defeating Massachusetts neighbor and Winnipesaukee homeowner Mitt Romney. New Hampshire gave John McCain two amazing presidential primary wins, so it is not a surprise that, next to his home state of Arizona, New Hampshire was John McCain’s favorite state. 
That is why important things in New Hampshire should be named after John McCain. It will speak volumes about our citizens and our first-in-the-nation status. Maybe a highway, maybe a mountain, maybe a school. So who will be first?
Fred Bramante is a past chairman and member of the NH State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state and national organizations.





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