Governor Jim Gilmore talks to students about current issues

February 5, 2016

untitledby Alex Malm

With only a few days to go before the highly anticipated New Hampshire Primary,  presidential candidate Jim Gilmore visits campus on Feb 4th.

Governor Gilmore spoke to students about issues of college debt, the heroin epidemic, and foreign affairs.

“Gilmore was very dependent on his resume, saying that a president needs much executive experience, and believed passionately in what he was saying,” said freshman Ronald Cooper.

Gilmore, unlike any other candidate, is a veteran.

Candidate Carly Fiorina also spoke on campus later that day.

The New Hampshire Primary is scheduled to take place on February 9th.

GOP candidate Carly Fiorina to visit FPU

February 4, 2016

by Danielle Clarke

The race is on and it is heated. With the primaries just a few days away, Republican candidate Carly Fiorina prepares for her campaign this Thursday the 4th at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.

Fiorina finished 7th among the GOP candidates in the Iowa Caucuses with 1.9% of votes. Although her ranking did not rank top 5, Fiorina continues to attract reasonably high favorability ratings in New Hampshire at 57%, which is essential for her before the primaries.

Fiorina will also meet with students in Fitzwater Seminar Room 104 at 4 P.M. for “Pizza and Politics.”

Franklin Pierce is honored to host Carly Fiorina and encourage students, faculty, and anyone from local areas to attend the event in Fitzwater TV Studio at 3:20 P.M.

Governor Jeb Bush visits FPU before primary

February 4, 2016
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Jeb Bush speaking at FPU Photo by Abbie Trombly

by Abbie Trombly

Spagnuolo hall was completely filled for Governor Jeb Bush’s visit to campus on Feb. 2nd, exactly one week before the New Hampshire Primary. Bush spoke to an audience of both students and surrounding town locals about his policies and changes he plans to make if elected.

Bush delivered his speech in both a professional and calm manor. Jumping right into his stance on veteran’s rights, often gesturing to the veteran sitting in the front row, he addressed why we need to gain and protect their rights. He compared his policy ideas to those of President Obama’s, and concluded that his ideas would help promote positive change.

Bush said, “That kind of attitude, that kind of leadership, is what we need in Washington DC. And the place where we need it more, than any place else is, as Lindsay says, as Commander and Chief.”

Bush is not quite as far right as some other candidates tend to be; he’s very much down the middle of the road. Students commented on his excellent public speaking skills, and junior Emily Catuccio said, “He’s trained to speak well. He has years of political experience yes, and his policies may have worked in Florida, but a conservative government would never work for the whole United States.”

Bush ended his speech by saying, “I believe in you and I’m counting on you, and I hope that you’ll support me next Tuesday.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race back in December, accompanied and endorsed Bush.

Franklin Pierce students’ thoughts on the upcoming election

February 2, 2016

DSC_5283                                        Photo by Austin Mills, during the John Kasich Event at Franklin Pierce Tuesday, January 26th, 2016


February 1, 2016

by Marissa Denman

Monday evening in rural Rindge, New Hampshire ten Franklin Pierce University students were asked five questions regarding their political awareness and thoughts on the upcoming election. Out of the ten students, five were females and five were males, with class standings of three freshman, two sophomores, and four seniors.

When asked how aware they were of political issues, nine students felt they were somewhat aware, and just one student said they were somewhat unaware. When asked if they planned on voting in the upcoming election, again nine students said they were definitely voting, with just one student saying they were not. The students’ seemed very sure of their political standing, with three students confirming they were independent, four students claiming republican, and three declaring as democrats. When confronted with these findings, Senior Kristina Trovato said she found it surprising that slightly more of the students’ interviewed were republican, as she felt it was more common for Franklin Pierce students to side independent or democratic.

After being asked to list the political issues these students found most important when voting in the election this year, there were many students who had the same responses. The largest concern was with the war on terrorism as well as military and veteran support with four students listing both of those. More findings were that the state of the economy, immigration, and gun control were a common concern for students with three students listing each of these as their determining factors. Other issues listed less consistently were healthcare, violence/riots, education, gay marriage, foreign affairs, and environmental concerns.

When asked which candidate the students’ were most interested in supporting there were less consistencies. Three students said they were voting for Donald Trump, two students said they were supporting Hilary Clinton, one student confirmed they were voting for Bernie Sanders and the largest finding was four students that felt as though none of the candidates were strong enough to warrant their vote. Freshman Kaitlin Morin said at this time she was not a fan of any of the current candidates.

One of the students who said they were unsure, Senior Caitlin Condon, added, “As an independent I see positives in both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. There is a lot that needs to be done in this country and both candidates focus on different things that I agree with but regarding what things should be dealt with first, I am unsure.”

The students who supported Trump seemed very sure in their support for him, with Senior Rich Patrizio stating, “I support almost all of his ideas and feel he has good leadership qualities.” Trovato also stated that she was supporting Trump because, “his immigration policy, he isn’t tied to anyone, and he brings some fire to the election and makes his own rules.”

Senior Morgan Baker said he is firmly supporting Bernie Sanders because he feels, “he most represents my views and is someone I can see bringing this nation into the next decade,” which seems to be a common view among Sanders supporters.

Freshman Amonie Craddock and Sophomore Asante Sandiford both said they were supporting Hilary Clinton because of her political experience and because they agreed with her views. However, when asked if they were voting, only one responded yes.

Although support for the candidates among Franklin Pierce students is divided, it was encouraging to know that most students considered themselves aware of current political issues, and did intend to participate in voting and support whoever they felt to be the best for the country.

Jeb to visit FPU one week before the NH primary

February 1, 2016
By Alex Malm
Contributing Writer/Assistant Director of Politics FitzU

Jeb Bush at a NH town hall event in 2015. Photo by Ron Cooper

Less than 24 hours after the Iowa Caucases, end G.O.P candidate Jeb Bush will hold a town hall in Spagnuolo Hall on the campus of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.

This will be the 6th G.O.P candidate to come to the Rindge campus of Franklin Pierce University this presidential cycle. The visit by Bush, will mark one week before the highly anticipated New Hampshire First-in-the-Nation Primary.

Jeb Bush is a former two-term Governor of Florida, and is the younger brother of former president George W Bush, and the son of former president George H.W Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush.

In the latest Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald Poll, Bush came in at a 51% favorability rating, with a 9% voter choice in the NH primary.

Franklin Pierce University is pleased to welcome any students or staff to come to Spagnuolo Hall Tuesday February 2nd at 10:30 AM for the Jeb Bush Town Hall Meeting.



Trump may pull off a crazy dream in Iowa

February 1, 2016

By Alexander Malm
Contributing WriterPolitics FitzU

When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for president the thought of him winning the Iowa Caucuses would be seen as a crazy dream. Now with less than 24 hours before the Iowa Caucuses, the thought of Trump winning is reality.

With just hours before the winner is decided in Iowa, the former host of The Apprentice, Donald Trump, leads at 28% with Senator Cruz at trailing at 23% in the final Des Moines Register/ Bloomberg poll.

Unlike traditional cookie cutter Iowa Caucuses, where well known politicians like Bush or Cruz tend to come out on top, we may see a fresh face in politics, Donald Trump.

If Trump wins in Iowa, he would be the first non-politician to win the Caucuses. 


John Kasich comes to FPU as he surges ahead in the polls

January 25, 2016

By Alexander Powell
Director of Politics FitzU


Campaign representatives at a candidate fair on campus in the fall.

After a solid performance in the most Republican debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich is moving up in the most New Hampshire primary polls.

Real Clear Politics reports that an average of recent poll numbers show Kasich currently in third behind frontrunner Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz in Republican presidential race. The growing support for Kasich is just in time for his upcoming town hall visit to Franklin Pierce where he will join the names of many other presidential hopefuls that have visited the University, including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

During his campaign Kasich has primarily boasted his lifetime experience in politics. He served in both the United States Congress and the Senate before becoming Governor of Ohio. As governor he worked to achieve a balanced budget upholding fiscally conservative values.

On socially liberal issues the governor was able to work in a bipartisan way to achieve better healthcare coverage and although he has not openly supported same sex marriage, he has not opposed it. The governor also tries to appeal to both Republicans and Democrats, as he is not afraid to work across the aisle and try to come together on common issues–a point he stated heavily in the most recent debate.

Franklin Pierce is pleased to host Governor Kasich and welcomes all students and the community to the town hall event on Tuesday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m. in Spagnuolo Hall. The event will run about an hour long with a chance to ask questions at the end.


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