News Hit: The Concord Monitor

by chriscrawfordnh

I was featured in The Concord Monitor’s “5 Questions” article.

The link is here

March 25, 2012

CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD, 20, has spent plenty of time camping in the woods, but this weekend will be the first time he’s set up on pavement.

Crawford, a Nashua native studying political science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will camp out in front of the U.S. Supreme Court starting today. He and about five of his Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers want to be in the room Tuesday morning when the justices hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as “Obamacare.”

A registered Republican, Crawford is no stranger to politics. He and another Nashua college student started the New Hampshire Conservative Future PAC to support young, first-time conservative candidates for local and state office.

He said they’re not camping to make a political statement – it’s more like “Black Friday” at Best Buy, he said. He said he’ll document the experience online, and you can find him on Twitter at @chriscrawfordnh.

Why are you doing this? Being in D.C., we’re kind of blessed with the opportunity to witness history, and this is one of the most historic Supreme Court decisions ever.

What do you expect? I called the (U.S.) marshal’s office, and they said you’re allowed to wait in line for as long as you want, but it’s all up to the people in line whether you can have one person holding a spot for five or six people. We’re not expecting the other people in line to be very gracious.

How will you prepare? We’re going to bring a cooler, lunches, stuff to eat and drink, probably a lot of homework. This is probably a good opportunity to do a bunch of reading. . . . Tuesday morning the doors will open at 9 . . . (but) we’re going to have all this stuff with us and they don’t even allow you to bring phones or cameras into the Supreme Court. . . . One at a time, we’ll go home, bring all of our stuff with us, change into our nice clothes so we look presentable to go into the court.

What is your biggest logistical concern? One of our worries actually is we’ll show up Sunday to camp out there’ll already be hundreds of people.

Do you have a strong feeling about the way the court should rule? Particularly on the individual mandate, I think it’s unconstitutional, and it would be dangerous for the Supreme Court to decide that the government can force people to buy something. And that’s something I’m passionate about.”