History

Since the 2000 Presidential Election cycle, New England College has brought the electoral process to a young audience eager to learn and participate. In 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, nearly 1,000 college and high school students have convened at each “College Convention,” recently renamed the NH Primary Student Convention.

New England College is a well recognized center for political discourse and activity in NH. Here’s a sampling of New England College’s High-Profile Presentations & Debates:

Presidential and Vice Presidential Campaign Visits

  • Michele Bachmann, Presidential candidate and US Congresswoman, 2012
  • Joe Biden, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2008
  • Carol Moseley Braun, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2004
  • Wesley Clark, Presidential candidate and retired US General, 2003
  • John Edwards, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2004, 2008
  • Bob Ehrlich, Presidential Candidate and Governor of Maryland, 2015
  • Carley Fiorina, Presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, 2015
  • Dick Gephardt, Presidential candidate and House Majority Leader, 2004
  • Jim Gilmore, Presidential candidate and Governor of Virginia, 2015
  • Newt Gingrich, Presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House, 2012
  • Rudy Giuliani, Presidential candidate and Mayor of New York City, 2008
  • Lindsey Graham, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2015
  • Mike Huckabee, Presidential candidate and Governor of Arkansas, 2008
  • Jon Huntsman, Presidential candidate, US Ambassador & Governor of Utah, 2012, 2013
  • John Kasich, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2015
  • John Kerry, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2008
  • Dennis Kucinich, Presidential candidate and US Congressman, 2004, 2008
  • Lawrence Lessig, Presidential candidate and Harvard Law School Professor, 2015
  • Joe Lieberman, Vice Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2004
  • John McCain, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2000, 2008
  • Rand Paul, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2015
  • Ron Paul, Presidential candidate and US Congressman, 2008, 2012
  • Bill Richardson, Presidential candidate and Governor of New Mexico, 2008
  • Bernie Sanders, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2015
  • Rick Santorum, Presidential candidate and US Senator, 2015
  • Al Sharpton, Presidential candidate and civil rights activist, 2004

Political Debates

  • New Hampshire Gubernatorial debate: Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, 2012
  • US Senate debate: Kelly Ayotte and Paul Hodes, 2010
  • US Senate debate: Jeanne Shaheen and John Sununu, 2008
  • US Congressional debate: Frank Guinta and Carol Shea Porter, 2010, 2012
  • US Congressional primary debate: Ann Kuster and Katrina Swett, 2002

Presentations

  • George Allen, US Senator, Congressman, Governor of Virginia, 2008
  • Kelly Ayotte, US Senator and former NH Attorney General, 2013
  • Charlie Bass, US Congressman, 2012
  • Bill Bennett, US Secretary of Education, 2004
  • Jeff Boyd, CEO of Priceline.com, 2014
  • Chris Dodd, US Senator, 2004
  • Carly Fiorina, former CEO Hewlett-Packard, 2014
  • Bob Flanders, NH State Senate, 2004
  • Lindsey Graham, US Senator, 2008
  • Frank Guinta, US Congressman, 2012
  • Chuck Hagel, US Senator, 2008
  • Patricia Ireland, US Administrator, 2004
  • Ann Kuster, US Congresswoman, 2012
  • Sylvia Larsen, NH State Senator, 2013
  • John Lynch, Governor of New Hampshire, 2010, 2013
  • John McCain, US Senator, 2015
  • Chuck Norris, Actor and martial artist, 2008
  • Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations, 2012
  • Tom Raffio, CEO Northeast Delta Dental, 2014
  • Tom Ridge, US Secretary of Homeland Security, 2008
  • D. Reeve, (Christopher Reeve’s father), 2003
  • Ted Turner, Founder of CNN, 2004