Obama: Fired up, ready to go.

Posted December 20, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: manchester, New Hampshire Primary 2008 Presidential Race, Obama, primary 2008

Getting close to Primary Day. I drove to the Radisson in Manchester to see Senator Obama speak. Every group was there-global warming, NH Healthcare and NH Priorities. Saw a rep from the Sierra Club there too.

One year ago I saw Obama speak in the same place, the Armory at the Radission. It was the NHDP fundraiser with 1,500 attendees. The Senator spoke for a bit and literally signed autographs and posed for photos with every single person who requested it. I waited til the room was almost empty to see if he would do it. That, for me, made it clear he was going to be a 2008 candidate.

Fast forward to December 19, 2007: Obama is on an upswing in the early states, people in Manchester are bragging about the Oprah visit and Senator Obama is still drawing huge crowds. He spoke for about 45 minutes, took a few questions, and signed autographs (got one!). Access is much tighter than it was last December. There were plenty of Secret Service and a metal gate kept the unwashed masses away from the Senator.

What did he talk about? Specifics-which seemed different than other times I have seen him speak. The event last night was the 3rd time I have seen him as an official 2008 candidate. Listening to him, you cannot help being motivated. This man could really be President! I love all the cadidates, but I think Obama is got my vote last night. Doesn’t mean I still won’t window shop the other candidates though.

I also met David Broder, a syndicated columnist. Class act, good writer.

See you on the campaign trail as the last 19 days heat up.

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McCain/Schilling 08

Posted December 4, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: Uncategorized

Tomorrow.  Manchester.

Mitt Romey to Fred Thompson: “Freddie Come Lately”

Posted November 3, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: granite staters for medical marijuana, medical marijuana, romney

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Edwards.  Romney.  Thompson.

All filed for the NH Primary on the same day.  I missed Edwards, but got to see a Romney Rally outside the State Library .  A good turnout, I would say maybe 200 people.  Tightly organized staff.  The had the visuals well set up.  Sixty to seventy people behind the Governor (yours truly counted) and lots of signs for them to hold.

When he was done speaking, I was the 1st person outside of the rope line to shake his hand.  “Good luck Governor”, a quick “thank you” and a fast paced walk to the State House to file the paperwork.

I walked with Governor Romney, his wife (who Mitt clearly loves, it was endearing), Senator Gregg,  scorps, and an assortment of supporters.  Where to?  2nd floor of the State House, to Bill Gardner’s office.

Too many press to get good pics, but I got this one on the way out.

One good piece of dirt: take it for what it is worth.

I overheard a Romney staffer talking about …. ahhh, never mind.   It was basically some of these handicapped people who support medical marijuana are faking it, as their legs look “too strong”.  Maybe just a throwaway line, an afterthought.  I looked at Clayton Holton, photos and the linked video.  I must say he looks rather frail.  I don’t get the sense he is faking it.   However, he is affiliated (I think) with Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana.  I have seen these folks at Clinton, Paul and Huckabee events.  I think they are a bit tricky in how they approach the candidates.  If any readers have a story, drop a comment.

I will write about Fred 08 later.

Buy this book!

Posted October 16, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: mark halperin, New Hampshire Primary 2008 Presidential Race, primary 2008

Mark Halperin, formerly author of ABC’s The Note, now works for Time Magazine. He is the author of The Page, a political-palooza. It is published today. When I am done with this entry, I am going to pick it up. His prior book, The Way to Win, is probably one of the best books I have ever read, at least when it comes to nonfiction. This guy knows his politics.

Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich

Posted October 16, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: kucinich, mike gravel, New Hampshire Primary 2008 Presidential Race, primary 2008

Now, how much of a chance do these guys have? Are they tilting at windmills? Either way, they definitely add flavor to the debates. I drove to Hollis NH, to the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility. All candidates were invited to this event, but Gravel and Kucinich signed on.

The event? A meeting put on by NH Association for Independent Voters. I have to be honest. I bailed after meeting Senator Gravel-got the photo and the autograph and I was out of there. Ideally, I would have stayed for an afternoon of exposure to new ideas and so forth, but I wanted to get home. Therefore, yours truly cannot provide a synopsis. The Nashua Telegraph has a nice writeup here. I must say the people who are part of NH CIV could not have been any nicer. I also must say the Kucinich groupies are a bunch of moonbats. Kucinich was late, and I could not be bothered.

Two words you will never see together: Kucinich Administration

Red Arrow Diner and Bill Richardson

Posted September 3, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: Uncategorized

What a blast from the past. Retro. Tiny. Cozy. Cheap Eats. A line out the door. I wonder if it is like that all the time. One thing about people in New Hampshire-they sure are friendly. It was easy to strike up conversation with people in line with me. Topic? The primary. One woman I spoke with surprised me. She said she didn’t like ANYONE running. Biggest field in a lifetime, and no one met her standards. Oh well. Maybe Al Gore will run. Fred is getting in this week, maybe she likes him. I should have asked.

Governor Richardson arrived and worked his way through the diner. Very down to earth, very good at retail politics. He stopped to say hello to every patron. He made an exceptionally short speech-literally saying he supports NH First in the Nation status, and hey, doesn’t he deserve a look-see?

Bill and Hillary Clinton tomorrow …

Posted September 1, 2007 by lkuntzman
Categories: Uncategorized

Can’t wait.