Friday, October 21, 2011

AZGOP Celebrates Week of Presidential Candidate Visits

CONTACT: Thayer Verschoor, (602) 957-7770
Arizona Republican Party Celebrates Week of Presidential Candidate VisitsRepublicans Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich draw enormous crowds in Phoenix
PHOENIX - This week, Arizona Republicans celebrated campaign stops by three Presidential candidates seeking the nomination nod from Arizona voters.

On Monday, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann met with members of the Arizona Legislature and Congressman Trent Franks in order to discuss border security and law enforcement issues. After the meeting, Congresswoman Bachmann led a press conference alongside legislators to discuss the meeting and to reinforce her position on these crucial issues.
Monday afternoon, Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, paid a visit to the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to discuss several issues important to Arizona including, border security and immigration enforcement. After the meeting, Cain and Arpaio held a short press briefing to summarize their meeting and take questions from reporters.
That same evening, the Arizona Republican Party welcomed Herman Cain as its keynote speaker for a major fundraising event at the Phoenix Convention Center. Over 1,400 individuals attended the event which actually required a last minute change of venue in order to accommodate the popular demand of Mr. Cain's visit. Video of the event is available on the Arizona Republican Party's Youtube account:
Republican Party Chairman, Tom Morrissey remarked on the outcome of the event, "This was by far our most successful event this year. It demonstrated that the Arizona Republican Party is alive and well and has unified many Arizonans in the goal of defeating Barack Obama and electing a Republican to the White House in 2012." Morrissey added, "Mr. Cain exemplifies the qualities and values that many Arizonans are seeking in the next President and he certainly brought the house down with his appearance."
On Wednesday night, the Arizona Republican Party also welcomed to the valley former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, also seeking the Republican nomination for President. In a standing-room-only town hall setting co-hosted by the Arizona Republican Party, Mainstream Arizona and Any Street Arizona, Speaker Gingrich took questions and answers from over 400 people who overflowed the main ballroom into the halls of the Radisson Phoenix City Center. The town hall went on for nearly 90 minutes with Gingrich drawing repeated applause from his remarks.
Chairman Morrissey, who also attended the Gingrich event commented on the outcome of the event, "The level of support Republican candidates are receiving here in Arizona is overwhelming. There is such a hunger for leadership in this country and each of the potential Republican nominees has much to offer." As Chairman of the Party, Morrissey will not make any public endorsement of any one candidate but instead, will extend invitations to each of the campaign to spend time in Arizona to woo Republicans.
Next week, the Arizona Republican Party will welcome former New Mexico Governor and Republican Presidential candidate, Gary Johnson to a special noon event called "Issues and Ideas." That event will be held in central Phoenix and will allow Arizona Republicans to experience another flavor of the Republican field of candidates.
Arizona Republican Party Chief of Staff, Thayer Verschoor, emphasized, "Our goal is to ensure that every Republican Presidential candidate is warmly welcomed to Arizona and is provided the best forum to deliver their message to Arizonans." On November 30th, the Arizona Republican Party along with CNN, will co-sponsor an Arizona Republican Presidential debate. The venue and details are still being determined.
For more information, please contact Thayer Verschoor at (602) 957-7770 or via email at

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