EXETER — Rockingham County Commissioner Maureen Barrows of Exeter will host Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Saturday. The event will take place at Barrows' home at 11 Bell Ave., starting at 3 p.m.
Billed as a SeptemberFest, Barrows is inviting local residents to enjoy beer, hot dogs, Bratwurst, at the event.
"Senator McCain has been a friend of ours, the Barrows family, for many years," Rockingham County Commissioner Maureen Barrows of Exeter said. "I am proud to say that but I also feel he is the best, most experienced candidate to be president of the United States and that's on both sides of the aisle."
Barrows points out McCain's military experience and time spent as a congressman and senator as a perfect resume for the job.
"He's a military man," she said. "We need someone tough in this day and age and he has served his country for many years. This is a dangerous time we live in. I am more interested in this campaign than I ever have. I was never a grandmother during a presidential campaign and I really want to make the world a safer place for them (my grandchildren)."
Tomorrow's SeptemberFest will give locals a chance to meet McCain and learn what he stands for.
"We never have had a closed door policy in the Barrows home," everyone is welcome, she said. "I'd rather do something like this than have a dinner for eight."
Barrows said she has hundreds of patriotic decorations, including balloons, sunglasses and red, white and blue bracelets for the little ones.
Music for the event will be provided by George Blodgett, a local musician. Food for the event is in typical "Fest" style with German potato salad, apples and Bratwurst. Billingsgate Deli-Market of Exeter will provide the food.
If interested in coming to the SeptemberFest, call Kate Spellman at 703-3487.
On that same day, the Arizona senator will attend a house party at the home of Dr. Mark and Patty Henschke, located a 851 Ocean Boulevard in Rye. That event begins at 1 p.m.
Later in the day, McCain will speak at the American Legion Hall at 232 Route 125 in Epping. The senator is expected to begin his Epping visit at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
In addition, McCain's presidential campaign announced on Thursday that it has purchased TV and radio advertising to run statewide in New Hampshire.
The campaign is launching two television ads and one radio ad, titled "One Man," "Live Free," and "Courage," respectively.
The latest CNN/UNH Survey Center poll released on Wednesday, showed McCain still trailing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. However the margin has narrowed between the three top-tier Republican candidates.
Romney was the choice of 23 percent of the 324 voters polled between Sept. 17-24, Giuliani garnered 22 percent and McCain was the favorite of 17 percent. In July, McCain was third with 12 percent of the likely primary voters choosing him.
The polls margin is +/- 5.4 percent, so the three top candidates are in a virtual dead heat. The University of New Hampshire poll also indicates that 66 percent of those potential Republican primary voters have not made up their minds on who would make the best nominee.