Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Go On Offense Against Obama in New Hampshire

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"You are kicking off the New Hampshire primary, right here, right now," conservative stalwart Ovide Lamontagne said, warming up the crowd. "Our mission is to make sure Barack Obama is not re-elected president of the United States."

Lamontagne, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat last year, received the "Conservative of the Year" award at the dinner. Despite his defeat in that race, Granite State Republicans regard him as something of a kingmaker.

In an interview with ABC News, Lamontagne said he plans to endorse a candidate by Thanksgiving and he, like many voters here, said they were anxious for candidates to officially jump into the race.

New Hampshire Democrats did not let the evening pass without notice.

"The Republican field is wasting no time catering to the corporate special interests that are the backbone of the Republican Party," the state's Democratic Party chairman, Ray Buckely, said in a statement. "From ending Medicare for Granite State seniors, to gutting the EPA that keeps our air clean, all while showering tax breaks on millionaires and billionaires, the Republican agenda is not right for New Hampshire."

The Democrats also pointed out that Friday's event was organized by a group started by controversial conservative billionaire David Koch, who donated money to Romney's campaign in 2008.

Leonard Dupere, 65, a retiree from Campton, NH, said he thought Romney did well at the forum, but emphasized that he has yet to pick a candidate.

"It changes from one month to the next," he said.

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