Politics

Campaign 2012
8:30 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Occupy Protesters Demonstrate at Presidential Debates

Occupy New Hampshire outside Republican Presidential Debate at St. Anselm's College
Jonathan Lynch

Members of Occupy New Hampshire returned to Manchester Saturday to demonstrate outside of the Republican Presidential Debate at St. Anselm's College and spread their message of economic inequality.

Nearly five months after Occupy New Hampshire’s last tents were torn down in Veteran’s Park, the ninety-nine percenters returned to Manchester to demonstrate against what they perceive to be growing economic inequality across the nation.

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Campaign 2012
6:03 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out For Santorum Town Hall

Hundreds gathered inside a barn in Hollis to see former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
Amy Quinton

Before last night’s debate, a crowd of several hundred gathered in Hollis for a town hall meeting with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

So many people squeezed inside a barn in Hollis to hear Rick Santorum that it prompted one campaign staffer to exclaim “this is nuts.”

Most of the several hundred people inside were political tourists from out of state.

At one point Santorum told the crowd that he’d only take questions from New Hampshire residents.

He urged voters to stick to their values.

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Ron Paul Returns
11:33 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Ron Paul Returns to NH

A young Ron Paul supporter in Durham, NH
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a crowd of about 450 people at his first event in New Hampshire  after the Iowa caucuses.   Paul’s promise to curtail foreign military activity drew some of the loudest cheers.

The Texas congressman has nothing if not an enthusiastic following and voters young and old alike responded well to Paul’s signature policies.  Especially when he said the imminent danger of a nuclear Iran is exaggerated.

When asked what he would do about Social Security and other entitlements, he said he would protect them.

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Campaign 2012
6:16 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Romney Up Big In UNH Poll

The University of New Hampshire poll shows Mitt Romney at 44 percent support, up five points from two weeks ago. Texas congressman Ron Paul stands at 20 percent. UNH survey center director Andy Smith says the race for now – at least -- is for third.

“But because NH voters make up their minds very late that could easily be for second, should Ron Paul slip up and or should some of the support for the non-Paul and non Romney candidate go to Santorum or Gingrich or Huntsman.”

Word of Mouth - Segment
3:05 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Is Retail Politics Dead?

Photo by Lawria via Flickr

It’s game on in the Granite State. Every four years, the TV trucks pull in, guys in suits and sunglasses show up in your local breakfast joint, and the opinions of New Hampshire citizens are momentarily considered to be of national importance. It’s the first in the nation primary time!

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Campaign 2012
11:36 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Romney Says President Obama's Policies Are Bad for Business

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.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:28 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Political Red Herrings of 2012

Photo by peekabou, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

News of the New Hampshire Primary gives pundits plenty to chew on this week. Later this year, momentum will flag and campaigns will wear on. Absent an imminent vote or sex scandal, media-makers occasionally flirt with exciting uncertainties – or as Steve Kornacki calls them, political red herrings.

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McCain Romney Voter
10:06 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

McCain's Street Cred Aids Romney

Romney signs autographs after his Peterborough event with McCain
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

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.

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Campaign 2012
4:41 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Romney Stumps With McCain

 

Republican Mitt Romney looks to solidify support here after his narrow win in Iowa.

New Hampshire is supposed to be where Mitt Romney wins big. But his first event only half filled a school gymnasium. With John McCain at his side, Romney cast himself as a candidate capable of uniting all Americans.

“I want America to remain one nation under god. I want to bring us together. I want to restore the principles that made us the hope of the earth, I don’t want to transform America into something that we don’t recognize. I want to restore America.”  

Gingrich on Romney and Paul
4:13 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Gingrich Takes Aim at Romney and Paul

Gingrich takes reporters' question the day after the Iowa caucuses

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is drawing sharp distinctions between himself and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the final days of the New Hampshire primary.   Gingrich presents himself as a consistent conservative.

Speaking to reporters in Concord, Newt Gingrich said Mitt Romney’s record puts him at odds with the bulk of the Republican party.  Gingrich underscored two features of the Massachusetts health insurance plan enacted under Romney.

“Included state funded abortions.  Included specifically designating Planned Parenthood as a part of Romneycare.”

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It's All Politics
2:10 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

McCain Endorses Romney

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 1:50 pm

Saying he's there "to make sure we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America," 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain just returned to New Hampshire to endorse the White House bid of his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

McCain and Romney fought a hard battle for the GOP nomination n 2008, after which Romney endorsed the Arizona senator.

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Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet
1:56 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

The Ultimate NH Primary Cheat Sheet

After months of political debates, ad buying, and hand-shaking, the New Hampshire Republican primary is finally upon us. And not surprisingly, the latest WMUR Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that the economy/jobs is the top issue for about 60 percent of the state's voters.

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It's All Politics
12:01 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

After Bruising Loss In Iowa, Bachmann Bows Out

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, joined by husband Marcus (left) and family and friends, announces that she will end her campaign for president in West Des Moines on Wednesday.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 12:09 pm

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she is suspending her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The conservative provocateur finished a disappointing sixth in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa, with just 5 percent of the vote.

"Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice," Bachmann said at a mid-morning news conference in West Des Moines. "So I have decided to stand aside."

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It's All Politics
11:45 am
Wed January 4, 2012

South Carolina Waits To 'Pick President' Now That Iowa Culls Herd

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:35 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Republicans may not necessarily agree on whom should be their party's presidential nominee. But they're fairly unanimous that the contest won't take a truly decisive turn until it reaches the Palmetto State.

And Tuesday night's inclusive results in the Iowa caucuses in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum could each declare victory, with Romney declared the winner by just eight votes should do nothing to dispel that notion.

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It's All Politics
11:43 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Gov. Perry: 'Here we come South Carolina!!!'

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 11:40 am

Though he said last night that he would go home to reassess his bid for the presidency — a signal that he might drop out of the race — this message just popped up on the personal Twitter page of Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

"And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!"

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