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EXCLUSIVE: Karoline Leavitt, the 24-year-old former spokeswoman for House GOP conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik and former deputy press secretary to President Trump, said the American dream was “completely out of reach” for her generation. voters because of the policies of the Democrats.
Leavitt, who was born and raised in Atkinson, NH and is running for Congress in her home state, told Fox News that young Americans “better vote conservative” in November.
Leavitt, who was endorsed by Stefanik, RN.Y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said she returned to Granite State last year from Washington, DC, to “get into the arena and fight”.
In an interview with Fox News this week, Leavitt said the most important issues for New Hampshire voters are “the economy, record inflation and soaring gas prices.”
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“We’re a cold state here in New Hampshire, and we’re heading into a very dark and scary winter, where people are literally going to have to choose between eating and heating, and so those are the main concerns for voters here,” Leavitt said. “We are the ‘live free or die’ state. We believe in less government and more freedom. So my goal as New Hampshire’s next congresswoman is to get the federal government out of our economy.”
The U.S. economy contracted in the spring for the second consecutive quarter, meeting the test for a recession as record inflation and higher interest rates forced consumers and businesses to cut spending.
The Biden administration, however, says the United States “is not in a recession,” despite a recent GDP report saying it’s “not surprising the economy is slowing” amid the crisis. inflation.
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“Young people, arguably more than any population in America right now, are feeling the effects of this administration with skyrocketing rents in cities across the country, with inflation making our lives incredibly unaffordable, with gas prices,” Leavitt told Fox. New.
Leavitt added that “the American dream is completely out of reach for my generation of voters.”
“I hope to empower them to understand and break through the propaganda that they hear on social media, in mainstream media, on their college campuses and make them realize, you know, that our state of the country is due to the Democrat policies,” Leavitt said.
Leavitt was also endorsed by Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. .
Leavitt told Fox News that she doesn’t “blame Gen Z and millennial voters for believing in socialism.”
“It’s in every institution in our country,” she said.
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“If we’re going to break through this monolithic groupthink and reach these voters, it’s going to take young congressional candidates, people like me, to do it,” Leavitt said.
Leavitt said she has traveled to nearly every college campus in New Hampshire to reach voters between the ages of 18 and 30.
But Leavitt is not the youngest candidate in the race to face Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas in November. First-time New Hampshire House member Tim Baxter said he was a week younger than Leavitt and would also be 25 before the GOP primary on Sept. 13.
“I don’t believe in identity politics. I think you’re never too young or too old to make a difference,” Baxter told Fox News, adding that he thinks voters “should vote for whoever you want.” ‘they think they’re the best candidate’.
Baxter told Fox News he was the “only proven conservative fighter in the race.”
Pappas won re-election in 2020 by five points in what has long been one of Congress’ main battlegrounds.
Republican Matt Mowers, who won the GOP congressional nomination two years ago, is running for the seat again.
Mowers, who is 32, is also a veteran of the Trump administration, having served as a senior adviser and former diplomat at the State Department, as well as chief of staff to Dr. Deborah Birx. Mowers was also a longtime political aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a former executive director of the New Hampshire GOP.
Mowers has the endorsement of three senior Trump administration officials – former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell. He is also backed by the two top Republicans in the House – Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
“It’s time for a new generation of conservative leaders, which is why I’m running for Congress,” Mowers said. “We need fresh blood in Washington that won’t back down from a fight.”
But the other candidates in the race, like Gail Huff Brown, told Fox News “The Granite Staters deserve a vote in Congress with the life experience to get things done.”
Huff Brown is a longtime former television journalist and wife of former US Senator Scott Brown, who later served as Ambassador to New Zealand during the Trump administration.
“As a mother, new grandmother, military wife and journalist, I understand that the issues we face every day require more than talking points to resolve,” she said. “Under Joe Biden, we have runaway inflation, sky-high fuel prices and we’re now in a recession. Solving this takes more than the performative rhetoric we see from my opponents.”
Huff Brown, 60, added, “Experience matters.”
And Russell Prescott, 61, a longtime former New Hampshire state senator vying for the GOP nomination, agreed.
“What adds to the ability to be effective in Washington, D.C. is having experience,” Prescott said, noting his nearly four decades of business experience and his time in government from the state and on the electoral campaign.
“The experience is very broad and very deep, and it helps me answer questions, build consensus, pass legislation one step at a time that lasts, and tackle issues head-on, on my first day about working in Washington DC,” he said.
Leavitt also said her experience working alongside former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during the Trump administration prepared her for adversity in Washington.
“We went out to fight every day against the fake news that was attacking our president and attacking everyone in this state and this country who believed in him,” Leavitt said.
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Leavitt told Fox News his campaign raised more than $1.4 million.
The first GOP primary debate is scheduled for Thursday. The New Hampshire GOP primary will take place on September 13.
If elected, Leavitt would be the youngest congresswoman in U.S. history.