New Hampshire voters looking for something different got to size up some other presidential candidates on Monday night. The questions were pointed, the answers often succinct, sensible and serious. But some of the platforms were narrowly focused and, well, a bit wacky.
“I’m here to tell you about thorium, an overlooked energy alternative,” said Robert Greene, a Democrat from Mountain View, California. “If politicians are having any discussion that does not include thorium, they have not had a serious energy discussion.”
It was the “Lesser Known Candidates’ forum” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Organizers put out the welcome mat to any candidate, Republican or Democrat, who is on the ballot for the New Hampshire presidential primary but has not appeared at a nationally televised debate.
Obscure candidates are drawn to New Hampshire by its low $1,000 filing fee. The state’s Jan. 10 presidential primary will have some 44 candidates listed.