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  [NH] State Republican group backs Kerry
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Last EditedArmyDem  Oct 08, 2004 01:42pm
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MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateFriday, October 8, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Erik Stetson, Associated Press Writer | October 6, 2004

CONCORD, N.H. -- About 200 New Hampshire Republicans have formally declared support for Democrat John Kerry, the candidate's state campaign announced Wednesday.

Four speakers, including a moderate former GOP state senator, criticized Bush Administration policies on the Iraq War, health care, stem cell research, the environment and abortion during the announcement.

Kerry campaign representatives distributed the list of voters at the event, identifying them as Kerry's Republican supporters in New Hampshire. Bush won the state by about 7,200 votes in 2000.

"I'm convinced that if the party doesn't lose some elections, we're not going to get back to the center," said former State Sen. Rick Russman of Kingston, who leads the Granite State Conservation Voters Alliance.

The Kerry endorsement is a change for Russman. He joined former Environmental Protection Agency Chief Russell Train, also a Republican, in criticizing Bush's environmental record at a July news conference in Concord. At the time, Train endorsed Kerry; Russman did not.
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