This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a panel hosted by the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans in my home town of Coeur d’Alene. This was a great moment in our campaign, as by the end of the 2 hour forum and deluge of questions I walked off of that stage feeling as though we had not only turned some heads, but that we had also turned some votes.
This was not a debate, it was a chance for the voters in Kootenai County to meet all of the candidates and hear us present our ideas and positions. However, that being said – if it had been a debate it wasn’t long before people on Twitter and Facebook began declaring a clear winner in the Sunday forum – Nick Henderson.
Questions ranged in scope from education, lands, the economy and even NAFTA. I feel as though I had a real meaningful connection with the crowd in attendance and the answers, my positions on every issue, seemed to resonate with all of those in the room – simply put, people walked away from the Candidate forum knowing that I am truly the man for the job, because I’m one of the people.
I had the opportunity to make it very clear that service in congress is about personal sacrifice, and nobody
should be elected to office because they have the most money or the longest time in other offices – that WE THE PEOPLE must take back the controls from a runaway Federal government, and in order to do so it’s time to start sending smart, young, conservatives to Washington DC.
At the end of the forum, after leaving the stage with the other candidates it took me nearly a half hour to make it halfway across the room to my campaign manger and table – countless attendees had lined up to ask questions, and express their support.
Several had removed their “swag” for other candidates and donned #PICKNICK buttons in a show of support. One thing that kept being said over and over as I worked my way back through the crowd was “I wasn’t exactly sure who you were
before this – but now that I’ve heard you talk, you’ve got my vote.”
I could not be more humbled and grateful by the experience we had this weekend in Coeur d’Alene. The outpouring of support, the number of people asking to volunteer for the campaign and put yard signs up at their homes was awe inspiring. I’m so grateful to have earned your trust, and your support – and I will not tire in earning the trust and support of the rest of Idaho.
Lastly - a warm thanks to the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans for hosting a great event.
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