EXCLUSIVE: Karoline Leavitt, the 24-year-old former spokeswoman for House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik and a former assistant press secretary for President Trump, said the American dream is “completely out of reach” for her generation of voters due to Democrats’ policies.
Leavitt, who was born and raised in Atkinson, N.H. and is running for Congress in her home state, told Fox News young Americans “best be voting for conservatives” come November.
Leavitt, who has been endorsed by Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said she returned to the Granite State last year from Washington, D.C., to “step into the arena and fight.”
Karoline Leavitt, who worked in the White House during former President Trump’s administration, is running for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District (Karoline Leavitt congressional campaign)
In an interview with Fox News this week, Leavitt said the issues most important to New Hampshire voters are “the economy, record inflation and skyrocketing gas prices.”
“We are a cold weather state here in New Hampshire, and we’re headed for a very dark and scary winter, where people are literally going to have to choose between eating and heating, and so those are the main concerns of constituents here,” Leavitt said. “We are the ‘live free or die’ state. We believe in less government and more freedom. So, my goal, as the next congresswoman from New Hampshire, is to get the federal government out of our economy.”
Karoline Leavitt is running for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. (Karoline Leavitt )
The U.S. economy shrank in the spring for the second consecutive quarter, meeting the criterion for a recession as record-high inflation and higher interest rates forced consumers and businesses to pull back on spending.
The Biden administration, though, says the U.S. “is not in a recession,” despite a recent GDP report, saying it is “no surprise that the economy is slowing down” amid inflation.
“Young people, arguably more than any population in America right now, are feeling the effects of this administration with skyrocketing rents in cities across this country, with the inflation that’s making life incredibly unaffordable for us, with the gas prices,” Leavitt told Fox News.
Leavitt added that the “American dream is completely out of reach for my generation of voters.”
“It’s my hope to allow them to understand and to break through the propaganda they’re hearing on social media, in the mainstream media, on their college campuses and get them to understand, you know, our state of the country is because of Democrat policies,” Leavitt said.
Karoline Leavitt has been endorsed by Turning Point USA founder and President Charlie Kirk, right. (Karoline Leavitt)
Leavitt has also been endorsed by Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government.
Leavitt told Fox News she doesn’t “blame Generation Z and millennial voters for believing in socialism.”
“It’s in every institution in our country,” she said.
But Leavitt isn’t the youngest candidate in the race to take on Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas in November. Tim Baxter, a first-term member of the New Hampshire House, said he is one week younger than Leavitt and also will turn 25 before the GOP primary Sept. 13.
Former Trump State Department official Matt Mowers files his candidacy for the U.S. House in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. Mowers spoke with Fox News in Gilford, N.H., Aug. 21, 2021. (Fox News )
“I don’t believe in identity politics. I think you’re never too young or too old to make a difference,” Baxter told Fox News, adding he thinks voters “should vote for whoever they think is the best candidate.”
Baxter told Fox News he is the “only proven conservative fighter in the race.”
Pappas won re-election in 2020 by five points in what’s long been a top congressional battleground district.
Mowers, who is 32, is also a veteran of the Trump administration, having served as a senior advisor and former diplomat at the State Department, as well as chief of staff for Dr. Deborah Birx. Mowers was also a longtime political aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a former New Hampshire GOP executive director.
Mowers has the endorsement of three top officials in the Trump administration — former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former acting director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell. He’s also backed by the top two Republicans in the House — Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Former Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns on behalf of GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers of New Hampshire at an event April 4, 2022, in Derry, N.H. (Fox News)
“It’s time for a new generation of conservative leaders, which is why I am running for Congress,” Mowers said. “We need fresh blood in Washington who won’t back down from a fight.”
But the other candidates in the race, like Gail Huff Brown, told Fox News “Granite Staters deserve a voice in Congress with the life experience to get things done.”
Huff Brown is a former longtime television reporter and wife of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown who later served as ambassador to New Zealand during the Trump administration.
Gail Huff Brown, the wife of former Sen. Scott Brown who also served as President Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand, declares her candidacy for the House in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. (Huff Brown for Congress)
“As a mother, a new grandmother, a military spouse and a journalist, I understand that the issues we face every day require more than talking points to solve,” she said. “Under Joe Biden, we have runaway inflation, sky-high fuel prices and are now in a recession. Fixing this requires more than the performative rhetoric we see from my opponents.”
Huff Brown, 60, added: “Experience matters.”
And 61-year-old Russell Prescott, a former longtime New Hampshire state senator vying for the GOP nomination, agreed.
“What adds to the ability to be effective in Washington, D.C., is to have experience,” Prescott said, highlighting his nearly four decades of business experience and his time in state government and on the campaign trail.
“The experience is very broad and very deep, and it assists me on how to answer questions, how to build consensus, how to pass legislation one step at a time that lasts and take the problems head-on, on my first day on the job in Washington D.C.,” he said.
Karoline Leavitt was a press assistant for White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during the Trump administration. (Karoline Leavitt)
Leavitt also said her experience working alongside former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during the Trump administration has prepared her for adversity in Washington.
“We went to battle against the fake news every single day that were attacking our president and attacking all of the people in this state and in this country who believed in him,” Leavitt said.
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