President Barack Obama’s Campaign notified New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens late this afternoon that while it appreciate Gappens’ “generous offer” to attend next month’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301, they must respectfully decline.
The Obama Campaign’s Official Statement is provided below Gappens’ response:
“Obviously we’re disappointed Mr. Obama won’t be able to join us for the largest sporting event in New England, but certainly understand his hectic schedule,” said Gappens. “We were giving him a sincere opportunity to get in the ‘Fast Lane’ of his Presidential Campaign here in the political savvy state of New Hampshire. Maybe he’ll return the gesture and allow me to check out Air Force One!”
Gappens decided to raffle off President Obama’s unused tickets with proceeds going to the Speedway Children’s Charities. Details on how fans can obtain the tickets will be released on Monday.
Obama Campaign’s Official Statement from New Hampshire State Director Pete Kavanaugh:
“Thank you Jerry for your generous offer. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a proud history, and while the President will not be able to attend, we certainly appreciate the offer.
“The President is a supporter of NASCAR and an advocate for the American auto industry. Under his leadership he made the bold decision to rescue the auto industry, resulting in a resurgence of American manufacturing jobs that are restoring economic security. The auto rescue saved a million jobs up and down the supply chain. In New Hampshire alone 23,000 jobs depend on the vibrancy of the auto industry, and today, the America auto industry has never looked more vibrant. GM is once again the world’s top carmaker. The auto industry added more than 230,000 jobs since June 2009, and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994.
“This is a stark contrast with our opponent in this race who advocated that we 'let Detroit go bankrupt' when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse.
“Our campaign is focused on getting the middle class to victory lane. As you get ready to drop the green flag for another great race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we thank you again for your offer, and I can assure you that supporters of the President will be there in force.”