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Romney heads to coast

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Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, gets a double thumbs up from sophomore Ben Carozza of Deerfield, N.H., following an "Ask Mitt Anything" meeting at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007.
(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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DOVER Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will make a couple of stops on the Seacoast on Saturday as part of a daylong swing through New Hampshire.

Romney will arrive in Dover at 8:45 a.m. for an "Ask Mitt Anything" session with Seacoast residents at the Hellenic Center on Longhill Road. After that, he will make an appearance for a question-and-answer session at 11:15 a.m. at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye.

"Expect him to be focusing heavily on the economy and specifically about what he plans on doing to cut taxes for Americans," said Craig Stevens, community director for Romney's New Hampshire campaign.

Romney's campaign recently outlined a tax relief plan that would make the George W. Bush tax cuts permanent, cutting marginal tax rates for all Americans and eliminating the death tax entirely. He will also focus on opposing social security tax increases and making medical expenses tax deductible.

Stevens said Romney has raised a total of about $18 million in primary money for the third quarter, with Romney loaning about $8.5 million to his campaign. CNN reported recently that Romney has spent about $8 million on advertising for his campaign and has recently aired his 10,000th ad.

A CNN/WMUR poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center last week had Romney leading the Republicans, at 23 percent, down from 33 percent since the last poll on July 17 despite running far more television advertising than the other candidates combined.

He's just ahead of former New York City major Rudy Giuliani at 22 percent. Arizona Sen. John McCain has 17 percent support among those polled, while former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson has 12 percent while all other candidates are significantly behind those numbers.

Romney has a lead in the American Research Group poll for September, where he stands at 24 percent, four points ahead of both McCain and Giuliani, at 20 percent. In that poll, 12 percent were undecided and Thompson clocked in as the next closest candidate at 8 percent.

After his Seacoast campaign stops, Romney will head to Fremont, Bedford and Milford.




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