GOP Candidates to Debate on Twitter

Grappone Center in Concord will host debate watching party.

Last week was a very busy one for visits by presidential candidates (and potential candidates).

Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani were both in the Seacoast area on Thursday, as was lesser-known candidate Fred Karger.

at the Redhook Ale Brewery, while Giuliani met with doctors at Exeter Hospital, addressed the Seacoast Republican Women's group in Hampton, and met with law enforcement officials at the New Castle home of his former New Hampshire campaign chairman, Wayne Semprini.

, but talked a lot about what he would do if he were Commander-in-Chief. He said he expects to make a final decision by the end of the summer.

Karger wasn't invited to the Seacoast Republican Women's luncheon, but invited himself -- even buying his own ticket to the event. He attempted to get some face time with Giuliani, but except for a quick handshake, the former New York City mayor brushed him off. Hampton-North Hampton Patch Editor Kyle Stucker caught the candid moment on .

The Seacoast Republican Women also announced last week that on Aug. 4 at the Portsmouth Country Club.

Karger also stopped by the American Independence Festival in Exeter on Saturday, and Exeter Patch Editor Jason Claffey .

Also in state last week was Ron Paul. Salem Patch Editor Jake O'Donnell caught up with Paul in Windham and Salem, and got a chance to sit down with the candidate for .

This week, Rick Santorum, Buddy Roemer, and Herman Cain are all expected in New Hampshire.

Santorum was expected to meet supporters at his New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester on Monday, followed by stops in Henniker, Campton and Jackson.

Roemer -- who was reportedly in Exeter on Saturday -- is expected to make an appearance Tuesday evening at the Windham Senior Center. He's then expected to speak at the "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford on Wednesday morning. Salem Patch and Bedford Patch, respectively, will have coverage of those events. Roemer is expected to announce his candidacy soon, and has said he will do it in New Hampshire.

Herman Cain will be the featured speaker at the New Hampshire Republican Party's "Chairman Speakers Series" on Thursday night in Dover. Portsmouth Patch will have coverage of this event.

But perhaps the most intriguing primary related event this week will be Wednesday's first-ever Twitter presidential debate. Using @140townhall, the presidential candidates will be asked a series of questions. The event was organized by Andrew Hemingway of Bristol, chairman of the grassroots New Hampshire Republican Liberty Caucus.

One of moderators for the event, Fox News contributor S.E. Cupp, will be tweeting questions from the Grappone Center in Concord, one of two debate viewing parties being held nationally. Concord Patch will have coverage of this groundbreaking event. The debate starts at 3 p.m., and is expected to last until 4:30.


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