Politics

Election 2012
1:29 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In N.H., Romney's Real Rival May Be Expectation

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was stumping at Harvey's Bakery in Dover, N.H., is pinning his hopes on a strong finish in the Granite State.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 12:45 pm

Primary Day in New Hampshire turned into open season as GOP rivals launched a barrage of attacks seeking to undermine front-runner Mitt Romney, whose campaign hopes to live up to expectations that he will deliver a solid victory.

Not only does Romney need to win, he needs to win convincingly — holding challengers such as Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and a resurgent Jon Huntsman comfortably at arm's length.

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Hooksett Polls
11:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Steady Primary Turnout

Voting gets underway at the Cawley Middle School in Hooksett, NH
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

Polling supervisors describe turnout as steady as the primary gets underway. 

The early birds were waiting outside the  Cawley Middle School when the polls opened at 6.   By 7:30, about 300 people had cast their ballots.

Hooksett resident Diana Brighton picked Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

“Well, I think he can beat Obama and I like his politics.”

Electability and the prospect of defeating the current president were reasons given often by Romney voters. 

But former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was the choice for Sam Knowles.

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Why Candidates Are Spending Less On The NH Primary This Cycle--And What It Could Mean For The Future

There's been a collective notion swirling among New Hampshire politicos and pundits that this year's Republican primary just doesn't stack up to past events. Candidates aren't as anxious to go to town hall meetings and shake hands at nondescript diners. By and large, they're not throwing astronomical sums of cash into unending TV ads. Yes, they're here, touting the importance of the early New England vote.

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It's All Politics
10:10 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Rivals Attack Romney's Record At Bain Capital

Mitt Romney, when he headed Bain Capital.
David L. Ryan Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 11:49 pm

The central argument of Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is that he understands how the economy works — thanks to his business background — in a way that President Obama does not.

Democrats have been challenging the former Massachusetts governor's claim that the private equity firm he founded helped to create more than 100,000 jobs. Now, some of Romney's Republican rivals are raising questions of their own.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Author Colin Woodard and his new book "American Nations"

According to our guest today, Colin Woodard, America's political divisions aren't between red states and blue states, right and left, Republicans and Democrats but between 11 distinct North American cultural regions.  They are regions the he names "Yankeedom", "Greater Appalachia", "The Deep South" and "The Far West" and they have been created by centuries of Americans who settled there, each with their own unique cultures, religions, political traditions and ethnographic characteristics.  Woodard suggests that only by truly understanding these regions can we begin to see beyond these deep 

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Share What You Know
7:14 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Help NHPR cover Primary Day

What did you see and hear when you went to vote in the New Hampshire primary? Share your experiences and observations through NHPR's Public Insight Network and you'll help us cover the events of Primary 2012.

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Primary Coverage - Jan 10 at 7 P.M.
7:10 am
Tue January 10, 2012

New Hampshire Primary Special Coverage

New Hampshire Public Radio has been covering the candidates as they campaign in New Hampshire. On Tuesday evening, host Laura Knoy sits down with NPR's political editor Ken Rudin, and UNH political analyst Dante Scala, to keep you apprised of the latest poll results and check-in with reporters throughout the state.

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Campaign 2012
5:20 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Republican Presidential Candidates Make Last Push

 

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.

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It's All Politics
4:17 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Romney's Verbal 'Fire' Stokes Several Campaigns On Eve Of N.H. Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 7:13 pm

Mitt Romney added an impromptu news conference to his already full campaign calendar Monday in New Hampshire to explain this statement from earlier in the day: "I like being able to fire people that provide services to me."

When he said those words, Romney was making a point — during breakfast at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce — about the value of being able to switch insurance companies if you're not getting good service.

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It's All Politics
3:47 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

In New Hampshire, Serene Romney Rides Out Final Hours Before Primary

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the press after speaking at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., on Jan. 9.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 7:00 pm

As Mount Washington calmly reigns over much of New Hampshire's geography, Mount Romney smiles down on the last day before the state holds the nation's first presidential primary.

The front-running former governor of neighboring Massachusetts spent the day getting chummy with crowds in Nashua and Hudson and Bedford, reciting his favorite lines from "America the Beautiful" and engaging in other behaviors just as risky. He came out in favor of free enterprise and job creation and got really cross with the Chinese for currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.

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It's All Politics
3:23 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Even Before N.H. Primary, Romney Seems To Be Looking Ahead To General Election

Mitt Romney speaks during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday in Nashua, N.H.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:03 pm

On Tuesday night, New Hampshire voters could catapult Mitt Romney securely onto the path of the Republican nomination, or they could undercut the air of inevitability surrounding his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor is clearly expecting the catapult. One indication? On Monday morning, the candidate changed his rhetoric to reposition himself even more squarely as a general election candidate.

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Campaign 2012
2:05 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

On The Stump: Whose Boots?

Can you name the candidate donning the boots pictured in the photograph?

Republican presidential candidates file in to New Hampshire in preparation for Tuesday's primary.

Political Junkie
12:28 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin's ScuttleButton 010912

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 11:24 am

There was a lot of talk about God and religion during last week's Republican caucuses in Iowa.

Then came the miraculous victory Sunday in the playoffs by the Denver Broncos and their quarterback, Tim Tebow.

There are no coincidences when it comes to politics, sports and religion.

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Political Junkie
12:26 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game'

Romney's N.H. victory celebration four years ago was premature. But it may not be this time.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:09 pm

A handful of new polls are out, all of which have Mitt Romney ahead in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary by varying margins.

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It's All Politics
10:09 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Over Wine And Donuts, N.H. Women Get Heated Over Primary Vote

Elaine Sweeney of Derry, N.H. hosted a gathering of women voters to talk about Tuesday's primary.
Nicole Beemsterboer NPR

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 9:13 am

On Morning Edition Monday, Steve Inskeep spoke with six women in Derry, N.H. who all plan to vote in Tuesday's first presidential primary.

Inskeep dropped by the home of Elaine Sweeney, where the women gathered for coffee, donuts and wine on Sunday to talk politics. Her house in Derry overlooks Beaver Lake, covered this time of year with a thin film of ice.

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