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How Republicans Can Capture The Youth Vote In 30 Seconds

Marilinda Garcia
Hat tip to our friend Ashe Schow of The Washington Examiner for posting a link to a campaign commercial from Republican congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia, who just won the GOP primary in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.
Garcia is, on paper at least, the Republican establishment’s ideal candidate for Congress. Young, attractive, with a Hispanic surname and a degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, she has served as a New Hampshire state representative since 2007. She also plays and teaches the harp, and, at 31, Marilinda Garcia is one of the youngest Congressional candidates in the country.
But paper is pretty much the only place where Marilinda Garcia and the GOP establishment cross paths because she is campaigning as a conservative, not as a “more of the same” establishment Republican.
Garcia says that taxpayer distrust in government has led to a need for a “new generation of conservative leaders to challenge the status quo.”
What the Republican establishment doesn’t seem to understand, and candidates like Marilinda Garcia might help it to eventually grasp and communicate, is that big chunks of the youth vote don’t want to vote for what keeps going on in Washington regardless of who is in power or controls Congress – they want change and they define that change in conservative terms.
Less spending, less taxing, less government are what they are looking for, not the kind of Big Government Republicanism which merely shifts pork barrel spending to interests favored by the GOP establishment and away from those favored by the Democratic establishment.
Garcia’s conservative record as a state legislator garnered the support of a number of Tea Party and conservative organizations, including the Club for Growth.
She is, as Club for Growth Action noted, a fierce opponent of big government. As a state legislator, Garcia voted to cut taxes and never voted for a budget that increased spending. She even voted against a regional Cap-and-Trade scheme that her opponent supported. In Garcia, conservatives have a principled candidate who they can trust.
Garcia also has a dry wit, telling Real Clear Politics’ Scott Conroy, she had a “morbid curiosity” about what Democrats might attack her on. “I don’t know what they’re going to say about me. I mean, look, they’ve already done ‘the extremist,’ so I know there will be all of that silliness,” Garcia said. “But otherwise, who knows?”
Garcia’s opponent, incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, as you may recall, quickly rose to infamy after her 2012 election when she appeared not to be aware of where Benghazi was on the map, let alone that the House was about to establish the Special Select Committee that just held its first meeting yesterday. Kuster’s fumbled answer to the questions about Benghazi during a meeting with the New Hampshire Jewish Federation became a viral demonstration of just how out to lunch on terrorism Democrats are.
Ashe Schow says Garcia trails her opponent in the latest poll by three percentage points, but the WMUR survey showed Kuster in a precarious position with just 39 percent, down sharply from 50 percent in June. The district tilts slightly Democratic but has repeatedly changed hands between the parties in recent years.
Click here to see Marilinda Garcia’s truly awesome new campaign ad and Ashe Schow’s report on the campaign.
Click here to see Democrat Ann McLane Kuster’s truly scary answer to the New Hampshire Jewish Federation’s Benghazi questions.

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