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Gov. Mike Huckabee Discusses Health Care With Nursing Students

Gov. Mike HuckabeeAfter starting his day with a 5K “fun run” with supporters in downtown Manchester, republican presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee discussed health care with nursing students. He visited Saint Anselm College on April 17.

Gov. Huckabee spoke about the nation’s health crisis as well as his own experience losing 110 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes. “If I can regain my own health, so can this country, but this country better do it in a hurry,” said Huckabee, who wrote about his experience in his book Quit Digging Your Own Grave With a Knife and Fork.

Huckabee spoke about a healthcare system that is broken. “We have a completely upside-down healthcare system in this country where we train doctors to treat disease, not prevent it, and reimburse people to be sick, not well.”

He also focused on childhood obesity and what he called a pandemic that is killing kids. “We’re raising the first generation of kids who won’t live as long as their parents or grandparents,” said Huckabee.

He urged students to “go change the stinking system and make it right,” but cautioned that real change would happen over a generation, not in a four-year presidential term. Huckabee cited changing attitudes toward seat-belt use, litter, smoking, and drunk driving as examples of how societal views have change over time.

In the short term, he advocates making health care less expensive by enacting medical liability reform, shifting to electronic medical records, making health insurance policies more portable, and helping people open health savings accounts.

Often displaying a great sense of humor and wit, Huckabee described his own efforts to stay healthy by offering two nutrition rules: “If it comes through a car window, it’s not food. And if it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food, it’s a product.”

As part of our ongoing series, we make the speeches of presidential candidates who visit the New Hampshire Institute of Politics available to you. After you’ve listened to each podcast, we invite you to leave comments. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics is non-partisan and does not endorse political issues or candidates. Visit the institute's Web site at for news and a list of upcoming events.

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April 23, 2007

Causes and Consequences: Douglas Brinkley’s Overview of Hurricane Katrina and the Emergency Response

In this podcast we feature a recent lecture delivered by Dr. Douglas Brinkley, professor at Tulane University and author of the book “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Brinkley spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 11.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley at Saint Anselm CollegeDr. Douglas Brinkley did not plan to write The Great Deluge nor did he plan to be an eye-witness to one of the greatest natural disasters that the United States has ever experienced: Hurricane Katrina. Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, shared his first-hand account of surviving the wrath and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Detailing all aspects of the hurricane, from the warnings issued prior to its catastrophic hit, to the initial reactions, to the rescue and cleanup missions-of which the nation is still in the midst-Brinkley proclaimed that "the breakdown in New Orleans was New Orleans." Some residents simply ignored the warnings while others could not afford to acknowledge them.

Problems cited for the number of people stranded centered heavily around the elderly. Many seniors planned to stay until they received their social security checks, others would not think of leaving their pets, and more still were abandoned in homes by "irresponsible and negligent" staff. Brinkley also cited New Orleans' lack of a proper Emergency Operations Centers as a cause to the hindrance of successful evacuation efforts. Mayor Nagin fled; the police department crumbled; and the city allowed evacuation buses to sink rather than overcome labor disputes for the good of its own people.

As Brinkley went on to tell personal stories of survivors dying of thirst, being crammed into the Superdome with 23,000 others, and the poor residents of the Ninth Ward just wishing that the president seemed to care as Lyndon B. Johnson said he did following Hurricane Betsy in 1965, the impact of Katrina set in.

Looking to the future, Brinkley sees two visions: Americans will either respect New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as American heritage centers that must be rebuilt and preserved no matter what the cost, or the people of this country will move on and allow New Orleans to be just the "sliver by the river" that remains. Brinkley hopes the nation will choose not to abandon its people in times or peril and will restore his home state to the glory it once possessed.

By Robyn Dangora '10
New Hampshire Institute of Politics

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Presidential Candidate Chris Dodd Speaks with Students

Sen. Chris DoddSen. Chris Dodd joined politics and international relations students at Saint Anselm College for the NHIOP's Primary Roast Coffee with the Candidates, on April 4.

The senior senator from Connecticut had a roundtable discussion with students about current issues and his bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Following the discussion Dodd taught Professor Fitzpatrick's business and society class. Local media along with Connecticut news channel 8 and 30 reported on Dodd's stop at Saint Anselm College.

Dodd shared his appreciation for New Hampshire and its voters. "I am grateful to New Hampshire and Iowa, so my voice can be heard," Dodd said. With his fundraising low compared to Democratic frontrunners, he said New Hampshire is the place where he can relay his message to voters.

During Dodd's 10-minute speech on his background and why he should be our 44th president, he said that his 26 years of experience in the House and Senate will help him because "people believe that experience has value."

Students at the Coffee with the Candidates asked Dodd about his thoughts on the war in Iraq, immigration, and the issue of frontloading the primaries. Matt St. John '09 asked if Dodd had concerns about the new arrangements of states during the primary. Dodd said that New Hampshire and Iowa are very important because "of their lead time between the other states that makes New Hampshire more relevant because if you can do well in New Hampshire you will do well in California."

"We should address it in a rational way," Dodd said on the issue of immigration. Lauren Chooljian '10 asked Dodd about border control and immigration. "Employers should pay a large price for illegal workers because it will eliminate some illegal immigration, as they will be unable to work here, and that is one of the top reasons why people come to this country," Dodd said.

After the small group discussion, Dodd moved to the NHIOP Auditorium to teach students during Prof. Fitzpatrick's business class. The topics of debt and social security were discussed.

"Social security will not be there for you as a sole source of income, but it will be there," Dodd said to the students. Dodd said if he were elected president he would work hard to decrease the per household credit card debt, that is currently on the upswing throughout the country.

Dodd said he has a chance to win because people want change. "We need to build a leadership to bring us together, and I can do that."

By Bridget Luddy '07
Source: New Hampshire Institute of Politics

April 19, 2007

Sen. Hillary Clinton Outlines 10-Point Government Reform Plan

Sen. Hillary Clinton at the NHIOPIn a major policy speech before a capacity crowd at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Sen. Hillary Clinton proposed a series of measures to restore Americans’ confidence in their government by increasing transparency and cutting waste and corruption.

Clinton would ban cabinet officials from lobbying her administration and strengthen whistleblower protections to encourage those uncovering fraud and abuse.

Clinton vowed to end no-bid contracts and post all contracts and agency budgets online. She also pledged to implement an America Results initiative to track the effectiveness of government programs and make the findings public.

"When I'm President, the entrance to the White House will no longer be a revolving door for just the well-connected — but a door of opportunity for the well-qualified," Clinton said.

Clinton pledged to cut the number of government contractors by 500,000, saving between $10 and $18 billion a year, and track and eliminate unnecessary corporate subsidies through a new agency focused on evaluating corporate welfare.

Finally, Clinton proposed harnessing the latest information technology to make government scientists' findings public on critical issues like global warming and food and drug safety.

Clinton's 10-point plan includes:

  • Banning Cabinet Officials from Lobbying a Hillary Clinton Administration
  • Strengthen Whistleblower Protections
  • Creating a Public Service Academy
  • Ending No-Bid Government Contracts and Post All Contracts Online
  • Cutting 500,000 Government Contractors
  • Restore the Office of Technology Assessment
  • Publishing Budgets for Every Government Agency
  • Implementing Results America Initiative to Track Government Effectiveness
  • Tracking and Eliminating Corporate Welfare
  • Expanding Voting Access and Safeguarding Machines

As part of our ongoing series, we make the speeches of presidential candidates who visit the New Hampshire Institute of Politics available to you. After you’ve listened to each podcast, we invite you to leave comments. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics is non-partisan and does not endorse political issues or candidates. Visit the institute's Web site at for news and a list of upcoming events.

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Sen. John Edwards Presents “Big Ideas” on Addressing U.S. and Global Poverty

Sen. John EdwardsOn March 15, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards spoke about reducing poverty in the United States and around the world. Sen. Edwards proposed a four-part plan for dealing with global poverty, starting with a “sweeping effort” to bring education to 23 millions children in poor countries.

Among Sen. Edwards suggestions was a worldwide summit on preventative health care in the developing world, providing economic opportunities and micro-financing for small businesses, and creating a Cabinet-level position to deal with combating global poverty.

In his speech, Edwards set the goal of bringing 12 million people out of poverty in the next decade and “eliminating U.S. poverty within 30 years.”

After you have listened to or read Sen. Edwards' speech, we invite you to offer your comments. Comment below or by e-mailing your comments to .

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6 comments March 19, 2007

Defending New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation Primary

In this podcast, we feature a panel discussion on the historical and political significance of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation presidential primary tradition. The event was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on March 14, 2007.

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch opened the event, which was moderated by Jennifer Donahue, senior advisor for political affairs at the NHIOP.

The distinguished guest panelists included Carl Cameron, Senior Political Correspondent with FOX News Channel; Bill Schneider, Senior Political Analyst with CNN; John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter at the Union Leader; Ovide LaMontagne, former Quayle for President New Hampshire Chair; Dante Scala, Associate Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College; and Bill Shaheen, former Kerry for President New Hampshire Chair.

Your Comments?
What are your views on the importance of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and the current trend of frontloading the presidential primaries. After you listen to this podcast, you may comment below or e-mail your comments to [email protected]

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