Sanders Seeks To Build Name Recognition In N.H.

May 1, 2015

Democratic Presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will make two campaign stops in New Hampshire this weekend.

Sanders identifies as an Independent, but says he plans to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. 

Sanders says about half the people in New Hampshire don’t know who he is, but support for him will grow as people hear his message.

“I do not hesitate for one second to tell you that of course we’re the underdogs in this race,” he says. “We’re going to be heavily outspent. My name recognition is nowhere near where Hillary Clinton’s is. But I believe there is enough discontent out there with the economics of America today, with the politics of America today, that we could pull off a surprise victory.”

Sanders has never run in a general election as a Democrat, but he would have to declare party affiliation in New Hampshire to participate in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary. Sanders says he will comply with New Hampshire’s election laws and declare himself a Democrat in New Hampshire.

Sanders will be in Manchester Saturday morning for a house party.

Later in the day, he’ll address the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Convention in North Conway.