Elections 2012


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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Primary 2012
1:12 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Rounding Out the Field: The Lesser-Known Candidates on the New Hampshire Primary Ballot

Democratic presidential candidate Ed Cowan (left) and Republican candidate Bob Greene at Saint Anselm College's Lesser Known Presidential Candidates Forum, December 19, 2011.
courtesy Marc Nozell via Flickr/Creative Commons

Half a dozen GOP contenders are taking part in two televised debates this weekend in New Hampshire.

But the field of candidates is quite a bit larger - in fact, there are 30 Republicans and 14 Democrats on the New Hampshire primary ballot this year.

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

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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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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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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:06 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Post Caucus PolitiFacts Check

Photo by DonkeyHotey, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

The 2012 campaign leapt from debate stand to voting booth last night, as Iowa held the first national caucus - the first step in the eventual selection the GOP nominee.  As many expected, front runner and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the night; perhaps by a slimmer margin than he would have hoped… 8 votes!  Coming in second by fewer votes than there are members in the Fellowship of the Ring, was Rick Santorum – one of the last remaining candidates to show a sudden surge in popularity.

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Special Coverage: Iowa Caucus
8:00 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Special Coverage - Iowa caucus


On Tuesday January 3, NHPR will be airing special coverage from the Iowa caucus. Listen on-air and online.

8 - 9 p.m.

Iowa Public Radio >> IPR

9 - 11 p.m.  

NPR Live Coverage: Iowa caucus hosted by Robert Siegel>> NPR

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Talk of the Nation - Political Junkie
12:28 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Talk Of The Nation Takes Political Junkie On The Road


Talk of the Nation takes Ken Rudin and the program's signature Political Junkie segment on the road.  And one of their stops is New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:57 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Last of The Retail Politicians ?

Photo by: blackburnlabour.org

The non-profit organization Americans Elect is making waves by petitioning for a national, online nominating process that would offer an alternative to the state-by-state primary nominating process. This isn’t the first – nor the only conversation about the relevance of holding early contests in small states, but brings to light a conundrum for lesser known and lesser funded candidates.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Log on to Nominate Your Candidate

American's Elect logo

Americans Elect is an organization aiming to hold a national on-line nomination for a third-party ticket in the 2012 presidential race. The group is making headlines not just because of what they aim to do, but also because of conspiracy theories about why the group exists and who is funding it.

Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman says American’s Elect isn’t a political party.

Presidential Candidates: Did You Know?
11:34 am
Mon December 19, 2011

5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Santorum

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum listens during a presidential debate Oct. 11 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Scott Eells-Pool Getty

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:24 pm

Born in the spring of 1958, former Sen. Rick Santorum — the son of a psychologist and a nurse — was the second of three children in a Catholic family. The Pennsylvania Republican spent most of his childhood in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

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It's All Politics
4:21 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Romney Confronted By Gay Vietnam Vet On Same-Sex Marriage Stance

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.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:19 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

A Politifact check from the campaign trail

Photo by: techweet

Jon Greenberg is executive editor here at NHPR and representing today for the Politifact New Hampshire’ Partnership, a joint effort that also includes the Nashua Telegraph and the Valley News. You can hear their truth-o-meter tests of candidate statements right here on Word of Mouth. 

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Shots - Health Blog
11:11 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Mitt Romney's Evolution On Abortion

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:01 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been labeled a flip-flopper. And when it comes to abortion, the former governor of Massachusetts appears to have changed his position from being in favor of abortion rights to being opposed.

But now some people are asking if Romney ever supported abortion rights at all? Backers of abortion rights don't think so.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: Jobs

We begin a six part series called Issue Tuesdays, where we compare the Republican Primary candidates on some of the biggest topics facing this election. Today we begin with what may be the biggest for many... jobs. We’ll look at the candidate’s plans and how they propose they can get Americans back to work.  


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