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Five prospective Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain will address Republican activists in the first candidate cattle call in almost two months.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m., when Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina speaks at an hourlong dinner honoring former New Hampshire Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne as “Conservative of the Year."
Lamontagne has become something of a GOP kingmaker in the first presidential primary state, helping to explain the turnout.
At 8 p.m., the broader speaking program begins, with each prospective candidate addressing the audience for eight minutes and then responding to questions from Tim Phillips, president of the AFP Foundation.
There will not be a direct debate, as the candidates are slated to speak in this order: Pawlenty, Santorum, Romney, Cain, and Bachmann.
The gathering is billed as a "Summit on Spending and Job Creation."
The appearance comes as a new poll sponsored by New Hampshire's leading television station, WMUR-TV, finds that President Obama's approval rating has fallen to 44 percent.
The survey also found that 52 percent of respondents disapproved of his job performance.
In one potential head-to-head matchup, Obama lost to Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent.
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