Mitt Romney spent his Monday focusing vote-rich southern New Hampshire. He started at a chamber of commerce breakfast Nashua, where a comment he made about choice in health care,
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,”
became a late-breaking flashpoint. Democrats and republicans rivals Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman all piled on. So much so that at Romney’s next stop in Hudson he called a press conference, his first since the Iowa caucuses, to defuse the matter.
The primary trail is busy again, with Iowa in the rearview mirror and just days before Granite Staters cast their votes.
NHPR's Josh Rogers shares the latest from the trail with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson, including what Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are doing as they hope to build on the results of the Iowa caucuses.
Campaigning in New Hampshire, Republican Mitt Romney accused President Obama of creating a bad business climate.
Romney said the President’s policies are designed to help his political allies more than the country as a whole.
He told voters in Salem that President Obama packed the National Labor Relations Board with union stooges; that he used the stimulus to repay public sector unions, and that the President backed green jobs initiatives to benefit supporters at companies like Solyndra.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is benefiting from the endorsement of Arizona senator John McCain. Some voters are ready to translate their trust in McCain into a vote for Romney.
John McCain has long been popular in New Hampshire. He trounced George W. Bush in the 2000 primary and edged out Mitt Romney in 2008. At a packed event in the historic Peterborough town hall, McCain urged people to get behind his former rival.
Tonight, all eyes are on Iowa. Tomorrow, they will shift to New Hampshire. The presidential candidates never fail to remind Granite State voters of the unique role they play. Much is made of Yankee independent thinking, but it would be a mistake to overlook how the outcome in Iowa can shape the results in New Hampshire.
Some voters relish the task of picking the next potential president. Matt McCormack isn’t one of them.
“I actually have not paid much attention to this point.”
Politicians and journalists always run a risk when they judge a voter strictly on on appearances.
There was a reminder of that Monday when Mitt Romney was forced to defend his opposition to gay marriage during a restaurant encounter with a grizzled Vietnam veteran who happened to be gay.
As it turned out the vet, Bob Garon, also was sitting at a restaurant booth with his husband when the unsuspecting Romney, campaigning at the Manchester restaurant, asked if he could sit down with them.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rallied volunteers at Romney's campaign headquarters in Manchester. He told them he knew that Romney was the "man for the job" and the person who could defeat President Obama.
Christie said he was headed to Iowa on Romney's behalf and would be coming back to New Hampshire.
The Boston Globe is reporting that an official working for the controversial Northern Pass project is hosting a fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“According to an invitation provided by the liberal Center for American Progress, Greg Butler, the senior vice president and general counsel for The Northern Pass, is one of the co-chairs of a $500-a-head fundraiser for Romney at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan this Wednesday evening,” the newspaper reported.