ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY — With the New Hampshire primary a little over two months away, presidential hopefuls are finding their way north.
Marianne Williamson is scheduled to appear today, Dec. 5, at the White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore in Gorham at 3 p.m.
Two more Presidential hopefuls will be making stops in the Berlin-Gorham area in the next few days.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will hold a meet and greet in Gorham at the White Mountain Cafe this Saturday as part of a five-day tour of New Hampshire.
On Monday, Dec. 9, former U.S Rep. John Delaney will be at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Berlin from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Bennet will travel to Gorham from Lancaster, where he will do a similar meet and greet earlier in the morning. The Colorado senator says he is running for president because he refuses to accept that the country’s economy and democracy are too broken to fix.
On his campaign website, he said this generation is the first at risk of handing its children less opportunity than their parents had.
No matter how hard they work, he said, most Americans cannot afford a middle-class lifestyle.
His mother’s family survived the Holocaust and came to America to rebuild their lives. He said they had lost everything, except each other.
Trump, he said, “represents the latest, lowest embodiment of our worst impulses.”
Bennet supports laying a modern foundation of roads, rail and high–speed broadband, fixing the immigration system to attract and retain the best talent, adopting antitrust and tax policies that encourage new business growth. Bennet proposes scaling up basic research to lead the industries of the 21-century, and improving wages, benefits and working conditions for labor.
He supports passing the American Family Act, which he said would give working families a real tax cut and reduce child poverty.
Bennet has called for creating a public option or Medicare-X to allow access to quality affordable health insurance. He also would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
As a former school official, he calls for home visiting programs for new parents, longer school years, high quality registered apprenticeships, targeted support for low-and-moderate income students attending college and college debt forgiveness.
Bennet stresses his career outside the political world, noting he has not spent a lifetime in politics.
A lawyer by training, he clerked for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as counsel to the deputy Attorney General during the Clinton administration.
He left the legal world and worked for six years as the managing director for the Anschutz Investment Corporation, and then in 2005, he was selected as superintendent of the Denver public school system. He is credited with increasing student enrollment, decreasing dropout rates and improved graduation rates.
In 2009, he was named to fill the U.S. Senate seat from Colorado left open when Ken Salazar vacated it. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2016.
Delaney holds the distinction of being the first Democrat to announce he was running for president in 2020. He did so back in July 2017, when he said he was not running for re-election in 2018 so he could focus on a presidential run.
On his campaign webpage, Delaney said our politics and system of government have been broken by hyper-partisanship. He had a reputation of being one of the House’s most bipartisan members when he served, and said if elected president during the first 100 days of his administration he would advance only bipartisan bills.
Believing that health care is a fundamental right, Delaney had proposed a universal health-care plan. “Bettercare” would provide health insurance to everyone under 65. At 65, everyone would transition into Medicare. Delaney has also outlined how he will pay for his health plan, including allowing the government to negotiate drug prices and implementing cost sharing for higher income individuals.
Another part of Delaney’s platform is the need to invest in infrastructure, and he is proposing a $1.2 trillion program to repair the nation’s cracked roads and bridges, upgrade aging water systems, invest in schools and create a $40 million fund to bring broadband to rural areas of the state.
Delaney calls climate change one of the world’s most pressing issues and argues it will only get worst without strong commitments from governments and people across the world.
Delaney grew up in a blue-collar home in New Jersey and with help from his father’s labor union, attended both Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. After college and law school, he co-founded two companies — Health Care Financial Partners and CapitalSource.
In 2012, he ran for a seat in the House from Maryland and won both the primary and general election by a comfortable margin. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. In the House, he has introduced legislation to end partisan gerrymandering and to make election day a national holiday.
As a New Jersey native, Delaney is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, having seen the rock great in concert more than 30 times.