From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 – what to watch:
NH’s back in the 2020 spotlight
Trump returns to the 603
Warren’s viral NH moment
Sanders strikes back while in NH
Sanford comes to NH as he mulls primary challenge
Back in the spotlight
It was lonely here in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state last weekend. Between the state fair, the Democratic Wing Ding, and a slew of forums and other events, nearly the entire record-setting field of Democratic presidential candidates (still historically large even with John Hickenlooper’s departure this week) was in Iowa. But New Hampshire’s jumping back into the spotlight, with a abundant amount of visits between now and the state Democratic Party convention on September 7. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigned in the Granite State earlier this week, President Donald Trump returned on Thursday for his first campaign stop in the state since the eve of the 2016 general election, and this weekend it’s bumper to bumper with White House hopefuls. Making stops Friday night through Sunday - in alphabetical order – were:
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
Former HUD Secy. Julian Castro
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Joe Biden faces protests over Obama-era deportations
In only his second trip to New Hampshire since taking over in the White House and his first campaign stop in the state since the eve of the 2016 election, President Donald Trump returned to the Granite State on Thursday evening, drawing a huge crowd of supporters from the state and across the region to the Southern New Hampshire Arena, NH’s largest venue. The president made news on gun violence (it was his first campaign rally since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton two weeks ago), touted the economy, and rehashed many oldies but goodies that thrilled his supporters. But he also apparently still isn’t over his narrow loss in the state in the 2016 general election to Hillary Clinton, as he one again claimed voter fraud in the state, telling the crowd “we should have won here. It was taken away from us. It’s not your fault.” And in a TV interview he said he didn’t need to apologize for his 2017 controversial comment that the state was a “drug infested den.”
WATCH TV interview
Is New Hampshire ‘staid’ and ‘elegant?'
As the crowd roared in response to Trump’s touting of the state’s economy, a playful president asked “are we sure we’re in New Hampshire?”
“You have a reputation as a very staid, very elegant people, and you’re not acting it tonight, and that’s a good thing,” he added.
Trump all but endorses Lewandowski for Senate
If you can’t wait to read all about it, head straight to the bottom of this note!
Booker’s jam-packed Saturday
On a jaunt through New Hampshire this weekend, presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker drew what his campaign said was his largest crowd yet in the first-in-the-nation primary state – with some 550 people showing up for a backyard gathering in Portsmouth to watch the New Jersey Democrat. Booker began his day at iconic Red Arrow Diner in Manchester – a must stop for White House hopefuls. And he headlined the Hampton Democrats annual summer gathering.
Yang returns to NH with a pardon pledge
Entrepreneur and rising Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang told a crowd in New Hampshire on Friday that he would pardon every prison inmate convicted of non-violent marijuana offenses if he was elected.
Warren’s NH sprint goes viral
In a moment that encapsulated her steady surge in recent months, a video shot by a CNN reporter of Sen. Elizabeth Warren running through a field of cheering supporters at an event at a farm in Franconia, NH - with the scenic White Mountains as her backdrop - quickly went viral this week. Warren’s Wednesday stop in Franconia and a later house party in Wolfeboro came as new polls across the country suggest she’s caught up with fellow progressive standard bearer Sen. Bernie Sanders for second place in the 2020 Democratic nomination race.
Sanders strikes at media narrative
Sanders preceded Warren in the Granite State, drawing healthy crowds at four stops Monday and Tuesday in the Lakes Region and across the northern part of the state. The independent senator from Vermont’s trip came as he and his top campaign advisers pushed back against what they described as a false and negative media narrative that Sanders was slipping. And during his first two stops, Sanders got into a war of words with the Washington Post.
WATCH: NBC-Boston interview
Poll suggests Sanders on top in #FITN primary
A Gravis Marketing survey released this week goes against the grain and suggests Sanders in front in New Hampshire.
New Trump poll numbers in NH
President Trump’s approval rating in the state remained underwater (42%-53%) in a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll. He stood at 82% among Republicans, 40% among the state’s independent or undeclared voters, and 5% among Democrats.
Mulling GOP primary challenge against Trump, Sanford points to Labor Day decision
Mark Sanford says he should decide by around Labor Day if he’s going to mount what he has conceded would be a "long-shot” GOP primary bid against President Trump. The former South Carolina governor and congressman announced last month that he would take around 30 days to test the waters before deciding whether to pursue the Republican presidential nomination. “I gave myself a month and I’m running up on that deadline,” Sanford said Wednesday as he sat down for an interview with Fox News and NHTalkRadio.com in Concord, NH.
WATCH: and here
LISTEN: An extended interview with Sanford on NHTalkRadio.com’s ‘Common Cents’
The ‘Dean’ backs Biden
Longtime state Senator Lou D’Allesandro – known as the ‘Dean of the State Senate’ – on Saturday morning endorsed his longtime friend Joe Biden for president.
D’Allesdandro, in officially backing the former vice president, wrote in an op-ed “I know Joe Biden. He's a family guy. And I know that he will return our country to the honor and dignity that befits a "more perfect union." I'm honored to stand by his side as he fights for us. This is why I give my support to Joe Biden and will work to make sure that the voters of New Hampshire and the rest of the country get to know this “not so ordinary Joe”. D’Allesandro becomes the third of the 14 Democrats in New Hampshire’s 24-member state Senate to endorse a White House contender. Earlier this year state Sens. David Watters of Dover and Jon Morgan of Brentwood formally supported Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Monday: Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts
Tuesday: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld
Thursday: former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld
Friday: former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld
Trump all but endorses Lewandowski
The president came as close as one can to making an endorsement, showering praise on Lewandowski, who managed Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign from it’s start in 2015 through the conclusion of the 2016 primaries. Obviously holding the president back – Lewandowski’s yet to decide if he’ll launch a campaign for the GOP Senate nomination in New Hampshire in hopes of challenging two-term Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in next year’s election. The Windham, NH resident and DC consultant and lobbyist remains a very close outside adviser to Trump. Lewandowski and his family boarded Air Force One upon its arrival at Manchester’s airport and spent some time with the president. Later, at the rally the president emphasized that “Corey Lewandowski loves your state. He loves New Hampshire…And he’s tough and he’s smart, and I’m hearing he’s thinking about running for the Senate from New Hampshire. I don’t know…I think he’ll be tough to beat..So, we’ll see what happens…He hasn’t made up his mind, yet, but he would be fantastic..They all say, ‘Are you going to support him?’ I don’t know if he’s running. So, Corey, let us know, please.” In interviews the past two weeks with this reporter and with WMUR, Lewandowski demurred on whether he had any timeline to decide on a run (NH’s Senate primary isn’t until September of next year). But Friday morning in an appearance on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News radio program, Lewandowski said he’d decide on a Senate bid early in Q4 (early October), after seeing how much money was raised in Q3 by the two Republicans current in the Senate primary race.
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