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Lamontagne: Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage 'Pure Politics'

Fellow GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith called the President's announcement "a distraction."

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne on Thursday called "pure politics."

Lamontagne was in Portsmouth for the Veterans Count Club breakfast at the Sheraton Harborside.

"I think in his case, it's pure politics," Lamontagne said, noting that the president "hasn't said what his 'moment of awakening' was."

Lamontagne, who said he supports "traditional marriage," said he thinks voters will see through what he feels was a political stunt on Obama's part.

Kevin Smith, the other Republican gubernatorial candidate, was also at Thursday's breakfast, and had simiilar thoughts on Obama's announcement.

"To me, this is a distraction by the President and Democrats," he said, "to drive it away from the real issue – jobs and the economy."

On the campaign trail, which took him to Hampton on Wednesday night, Smith said no one is asking him about the issue of gay marriage. What they care about is the economy, he said.

"I hope it doesn't become a campaign of social issues," said Smith, who also supports traditional marriage but says it is not part of his campaign platform.

Smith and Lamontagne were two of about 200 people who attended Thursday's breakfast. Others on hand were Executive Councilor Chris Sununu and representatives for U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Congressman Frank Guinta.

Launched in 2007, the Veterans Count Club is a group that helps fund services for returning veterans to help them reintegrate back into the community.

Those in attendance on Thursday heard numerous inspirational stories from veterans like Staff Sgt. Kent Johnson who have been helped by the program. If it weren't for Veterans Count and the assistance they provided him, Johnson said, "I wouldn't have my home."

Merriyams May 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM
wait a minute... Mitt Romney's camp wants to paint him as a take-action guy that "found" his partner's missing daughter at her boyfriend's family's house, but ridding The world of Bin Laden, relating his support for same-sex marriage is just for PR gain. Let's see: Romney was the model for Obama-care ( not that I mind ) he strapped him dog to the family car, bullied the class sissy and has amnesia about it... He's got nothing. The GOP has given the country a pandering hollow-man so I guess they would want the Dems to stop shown' off. The horror...the horror...
T Rex May 15, 2012 at 01:52 AM
All kinds of politics that Obama and the desperate democrats are involved in. It will get worse is my prediction. War against this, war against that. Attention Obama, attention Democrats why can't you run on your record. I will answer that. Your record is one of failure.

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