Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, answers questions as Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left rear, listens Thursday, March 1, 2007, in Salt Lake City. The senator announced Wednesday on a late night talk show that he intends to officially announce his candidacy for president next month. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
EXETER -- Presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is coming to town.
His appearance at Exeter Town Hall on March 18 will mark his first town hall meeting event in New Hampshire in the run-up to the 2008 primary. A time for the event has not yet been set.
McCain said Thursday the New Hampshire primary is important to candidates because voters here take their job very seriously and scrutinize the candidates.
"Voters in New Hamp-shire demand personal attention and answers to tough questions, whether in their living rooms or town halls across the state," McCain said.
He said he hopes to cover a great breadth of issues during the Exeter Town Hall meeting.
"My intention is to facilitate a dialogue that addresses the important issues confronting the nation," McCain said. "Voters have certain issues and questions they need answered by those seeking to represent them, and I hope to be able to continue to engage in an honest, straightforward and meaningful discussion with them."
McCain stated his No. 1 issue.
"The most significant challenge facing our country is the threat posed by terrorists seeking to destroy our way of life," he said. "We must remain steadfast and focused on the strategic imperative of this mission, which is defending our nation by seeking out those who intend to do us harm and bringing them to justice."