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Centrist group announces fall presidential candidate forum

The centrist group No Labels plans to hold a presidential candidate forum in New Hampshire this fall that focuses on bipartisan solutions for the budget, entitlement programs, jobs, and energy issues.

On Oct. 12, the group will put on a daylong “Problem Solver Convention” in Manchester. Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former US senator Joe Lieberman will direct the confab. Lieberman ran for president as a Democrat in 2004, and Huntsman ran for president as a Republican in 2012.

The head of No Labels, Nancy Jacobson, told the Globe that every presidential candidate will be invited to attend the forum. The group’s invitation boasts that the convention “will bring together New Hampshire’s undeclared voters for the first-ever gathering of its kind.”

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In New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, independent voters — officially called “undeclared” in the state — are allowed to vote in either party’s primary.

The group hosted a less ambitious event last October in Manchester that drew 200 people.


James Pindell can be reached at James.Pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell.