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Town Wants Obama Campaign to Foot The Bill for Monday's Visit

The Durham Town Council will discuss the issue on Monday morning.

DURHAM, NH -- The Obama campaign is locked in a stalemate with a small New Hampshire town over who should foot the cost for police protection for the president's visit on Monday.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says the Obama campaign should pay the $20,000 to $30,000 in police overtime costs it will take to provide adequate protection for on Monday afternoon.

But the Obama campaign says it won't pay, which has prompted the Durham Town Council to call a special Monday morning meeting to address the issue.

"Certainly we welcome candidates," Durham Town Councilor Diana Caroll said. "It's important for our democracy. But when it comes to presidential candidates, it does cost a lot of money for all the services... Who pays for that? That's the question."

An Obama campaign official confirmed Saturday night that it will not cover the cost of any police details associated with Monday's visit. Typically, the campaign does not pay for security planning, the source said, only for expenses related to the event itself. For example, the campaign is paying to use Oyster River High School on Monday.

Durham is a small town with only about 14,000 residents, near the New Hampshire seacoast. It also serves as home to the University of New Hampshire.

"We are  hopeful that the campaign will ultimately reimburse us," Selig said. "As of (Saturday) afternoon, the campaign indicates their Chicago central office had declined to reimburse those costs.

"The argument is that they're not asking for public safety service, the Secret Service is, and they don't reimburse," he added. "Our response is the campaign is coming to Durham, and the town needs to ensure the safety of the town. If not for the campaign coming, we wouldn't have to incur that cost."

The town has typically covered the cost of presidential visits, but says it shouldn't have to cover expenses for a political campaign.

Many of the town councilors are away this weekend, so Selig said the decision was made to meet at 8:30 Monday morning, less than six hours before Obama is scheduled to speak across town.

According to the agenda, the stated reason for the meeting is for "Discussion and possible action regarding the upcoming Obama for America Campaign stop scheduled to be held in Durham at the Oyster River High School at noon on Monday, June 25, 2012, the financial impact of this campaign stop upon the municipality for the anticipated unbudgeted $20,000 to $30,000 cost associated with local public safety services required by the campaign visit."

Carroll, the Durham town councilor, said the council's intent is not to try to "disinvite" Obama from coming to Durham, as some have implied. Especially since the council never invited the president.

"It's wonderful to have a presidential candidate here," she said. "But we need to think about the future. This fall, we could have another presidential candidate (in town)."

Instead, Selig said, the council will mostly likely bring forward a resolution on Monday that will "address the challenges we're facing" and express concern about the Obama campaign's decision.

"It would be very respectful and appropriate," Selig said. "There's no question the town is going to provide the public safety resources necessary to keep the president and the town safe. It's not about that. It's really an issue of billing."

Selig also stressed that this is not a partisan issue.

"We have had and will have this conversation with any candidate who comes to Durham and requires services," he said. "We would bill them and have in the past."

Two New Hampshire mayors issued statements on Saturday emphasizing that their communities would be happy to pay any costs associated with a presidential visit.

"The City of Rochester would have been delighted to host President Obama during his upcoming visit to Strafford County," Rochester Mayor T.J. Jean said. "While I remain cognizant of the additional security and public safety costs inherent with such an event, I truly believe the opportunity for our citizens to experience a Presidential visit outweigh the cost."

“It is an honor to have President Obama back in the Granite State," added Portsmouth Mayor Eric Spear. "For decades, New Hampshire has played a unique role in Presidential politics. Just as we have with Governor Romney, Portsmouth residents would be proud to welcome President Obama to our city. The attention and exposure of a Presidential visit always provides great value for our community, offering the chance to showcase our vibrant economy and diverse cultural offerings."

Sonia Prince June 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
They were disappointed, but no one cried publicly or created such a movement until Obama was elected. Let's be real, who ever you are "FNA Seamus Carty", the Tea Party help hundreds of racist signs and had guns on their belts the minute Obama was looking like he may win! All of sudden, Obama is here and they get magically organized. Give me a break! There was hardly a peep when Bush ran up the debt way higher than Obama!
LJoel Hackbart June 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Actually Dennis if you want to start somewhere it just may be a good idea to start with a candidate that you support and not with a candidate that you oppose just a couple of months before an election. [in an attempt to drum up a campaign issue] Did you ever think of that?????????????????
LJoel Hackbart June 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Trudy Peters and others on this thread, You need to get you heads out of the Faux "News" gutter. That is the only possible explanation for you to have the audacity to even dream of trying to knock Obama for his vacations. Is it theoretically possible for even FOX viewers to not know that Bush took more vacations and spent far more on them than any other president in history? Doesn’t anyone care about facts? www.politicususa.com/cost-obama-christmas-vacation-bush.html.
Trudy Peters June 27, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Sonia Bush paid for his campaigning with campaign funds, as everyone has before Obama. And he had a several million dollar bus created for his campaigning on our dime unlike any other President has done. The usual Presidential vehicles just didn't suffice for his majesty. As for spending Obama has spent more than all past President's combined, and still spending at full tilt.
Trudy Peters June 27, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Lot2Learn, As for his record, he has passed bills and regulations that stifle business growth which results in job loss. He has blocked oil drilling which means we pay others (mostly we supply money for our enemies to attack us) instead of providing for ourselves. His federal agents have repeatedly raid Gibson Guitar company. On suspicion of illegal wood. They have confiscated wood delaying production. Even though no illegal activity has ever been found. The CEO was informed that if he moved his work force to Madagascar, he would be harassment free. That is an intentional attempt to drive a business out of the country and forced job loss. We do not know how many instances of this kind have happened. I know people who haven't worked in two years. To defend him and say he has done anything of any worth of beneficial meaning to this country is beyond the pale. Obama has yet to utter any truth since day one. He has secreted all his records unlike any President before him,. Of course school records such as Harvard with the foreign student stamp right on it, would have been an obstacle he could have never hurdled. Other Presidents used Presidential vehicles. But didn't spend Millions of taxpayer dollars for a tricked out campaign Bus. A little palin envy perhaps.
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Seamus Carty- Freedom of speech applies to the governments role. Your almost clever attempt to portray my comments in a poor light simply illustrate my point. Without any personal responsibility displayed by the President's detractors, it falls to the owners of a private site to examine the value of a comments section. Perhaps they just need to adjust their policies or how one joins. But the veracity of the news doesn't change with opinion. So if it's news, why the opinion? If it's opinion, why not stronger controls? Why are you against private enterprise? Do you want to nationalize the Internet? You must be a commie, then!
Sonia Prince June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Dear Trudy Peters, if you are going to spread lies about Bush paying for his own campaign stops security, I think you should go blog on Faux news. Back your statements with some facts and maybe you'll be taken seriously. http://www.wisconsinreporter.com/wi-police-protect-presidential-candidates-taxpayers-stuck-with-the-bill
Sylvan Tieger June 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
What is the savage in the oval office hiding that he is protecting Eric Holder? How come the idiot in the oval office does not believe in DUE Process? Amazing how the savage orders people killed in other countries as Even Bush brought Saddam to trial and the savage uses drones to kill people. He is guilty of war crimes, His wife's spending spree is a national disgrace We need to have accountability against the traitors in the congress and senate
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Sylvan Teiger wrote- "What is the savage in the oval office hiding that he is protecting Eric Holder?" Please tell me again how the right wing is not racist. You keep letting it slip. The President of the United States is African-American, from a mixed race marriage, from a working class family. He has an African American wife and two African American daughters. They live at the White House, with his African American mother in law. His Attorney General is African American. He has appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one Jewish and one Hispanic American. The Secretary of State is a woman, and the wife of the last President who had to live with this level of hatred. All in all, people like you should have died of a stroke by now. It must be so hard for you, to wake up every day and realize all the above is true. No wonder you can't even summon the most basic human decency. That's just me being a typical liberal, having sympathy for another undeserving low-life.
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Please tell me again how the right wing is not racist. You keep letting it slip.  The President of the United States is African-American, from a mixed race marriage, from a working class family. He has an African American wife and two African American daughters. They live at the White House, with his African American mother in law. His Attorney General is African American. He has appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one Jewish and one Hispanic American. The Secretary of State is a woman, and the wife of the last President who had to live with this level of hatred.  All in all, people like you should have died of a stroke by now. It must be so hard for you, to wake up every day and realize all the above is true. No wonder you can't even summon the most basic human decency. That's just me being a typical liberal, having sympathy for another undeserving low-life.
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Dennis, you're right. I was wrong to imply that you are a racist. I should have stated it outright. You are a racist, and a homophobe. There, feel better?
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Please tell me again how the right wing is not racist. You keep letting it slip.  The President of the United States is African-American, from a mixed race marriage, from a working class family. He has an African American wife and two African American daughters. They live at the White House, with his African American mother in law. His Attorney General is African American. He has appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one Jewish and one Hispanic American. The Secretary of State is a woman, and the wife of the last President who had to live with this level of hatred.  All in all, people like you should have died of a stroke by now. It must be so hard for you, to wake up every day and realize all the above is true. No wonder you can't even summon the most basic human decency. That's just me being a typical liberal, having sympathy for another undeserving low-life.
Keith F Thompson June 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Please tell me again how the right wing is not racist. You keep letting it slip.  The President of the United States is African-American, from a mixed race marriage, from a working class family. He has an African American wife and two African American daughters. They live at the White House, with his African American mother in law. His Attorney General is African American. He has appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one Jewish and one Hispanic American. The Secretary of State is a woman, and the wife of the last President who had to live with this level of hatred.  All in all, people like you should have died of a stroke by now. It must be so hard for you, to wake up every day and realize all the above is true. No wonder you can't even summon the most basic human decency. That's just me being a typical liberal, having sympathy for another undeserving low-life.
Jack Jery June 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'm applauding you, Sylvan ... your post hits the nail right over nits head. EXCELLENT!
Super Fun Size June 27, 2012 at 06:44 PM
"the savage"? Your hood is showing....
LJoel Hackbart June 28, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Marc, Why don't you hold the Jim's on these patch pages to those same standards? If he and others are allowed a free for all, the rest of us should be free to retaliate in kind.
Paul Mercury June 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
@ Dennis You offer no proof of any of you're preposterous claims, because you're a fraud. Stop making stuff up. Turn off Faux and Limbaugh. They're not helping you. Really.
LJoel Hackbart June 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Did you say "Bush was a 100% better than the idiot occupying the White House now"?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? No Eli. That is not true. Because you are not occupying the White House.
LJoel Hackbart June 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
But Mitt "Corporations are People" Romney’s many trips to this State with the lousy 4 electoral votes on the other hand, let me guess- not annoying at all right? Yes that’s what I thought.
Hardy Har Har Har June 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Democrats were tested and their IQ came back negative
Hardy Har Har Har June 30, 2012 at 12:46 AM
99% of democrats are giving the rest a bad name.
Sonia Prince June 30, 2012 at 01:21 AM
No children allowed on this site please.
Hardy Har Har Har June 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
No Obamabots allowed on this site.
TomRC June 30, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Maybe you forget how Reagan made a deal with Iran (the country that had kept Americans hostage for over a year) so he could sell illegal weapons to the Contra rebels, and a Marine colonel had to illegally shred and steal records and lie to Congress?
Hardy Har Har Har June 30, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Democrats sit and think. Mostly sit
LJoel Hackbart July 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
John is a sick deranged person.
Brian St. Onge July 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
If Ron, the nut, Paul had been a founding father, this country would no longer be the United States of America. We'd be under Japanese, German or British rule.
Brian St. Onge July 03, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Don't need a test to realize that.
Sonia Prince August 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Fox news, ha ha ha ha ha now we know for sure it's real.....lol
Sonia Prince August 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
No one has time to respond to nonsense News Flash. This article is old news.

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