From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 what to watch:

  • Biden faces protest, takes aim at rivals, during NH stops

  • Buttigieg draws big crowds

  • Big weekend in the Granite State

  • Steyer’s in and here’s what he’s saying

  • Who’s on top in the campaign staff size race

  • THE 603 Change Interest poll is now out 


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Joe Biden faces protests over Obama-era deportations

Former Vice President Joe Biden faced a protest Friday during a campaign event in by a small group of demonstrators angry over the stepped-up deportation of undocumented immigrants during President Barack Obama’s administration. The disturbance came at the end of a campaign event in the Dover, New Hampshire, where Biden -- the current front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination -- chided some of his 2020 rivals for forming “a circular firing squad” and lamented that he’s “getting skewered by the new Democratic Party.” Later, in a gaggle with reporters in Portsmouth, he took aim at Kamala Harris over her lack of straightforwardness on her Medicare for All plan. He capped the evening by headlining the increasingly influential New Hampshire Young Democrats' annual summer barbeque and fundraiser.
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Fox News
Fox News

Watch the protest here
Watch TV Report here

Bullock passes on taking a whack at Sununu

The two-term Democratic governor headed to Concord’s annual Market Days festival late Friday afternoon after doing media interviews in Manchester. It was his first public stop during a jam-packed two-day swing in NH. Accompanied by state Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes – Bullock drew a crowd as he walked past a bouncy castle in front of the New Hampshire’s State House. He came up to the local Democrats’ booth, which showcased a photo of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu next to a carnival strength test with the words “Veto Sununu” painted atop the bell. The Democrats offered Bullock, head of the National Governor’s Association, a whack. He declined.
Concord Monitor


Buttigieg draws big crowds during NH swing

If you needed more evidence presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has gone from the longest of long shots to a top-tier contender for the Democratic nomination, look no further to the South Bend, Indiana mayor’s stops in Rye and Dover on Friday. More than 125 people jammed into a barn in Rye early in the morning to meet and listen to the White House hopeful at a house party in Rye. Later, nearly 900 people showed up to see Buttigieg at an event at the Rotary Arts Pavilion stage at Henry Law Park in downtown Dover. It was the same story when he stopped later in the day in the Lakes region. In an interview with yours truly, Buttigieg touted his eye-popping fundraising figures and downplayed what some are describing as his flatlining poll numbers.
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WATCH here

Buttigieg doubles staff in NH

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign on Friday announced they’re doubling their staff in New Hampshire, from six to a dozen. The new additions: Victoria Williams and Amelia Matier as deputy state directors, Noah Dion as organizing directors, Zoe Meeken and Liz McLeod as deputy organizing directors, and Laura Gelb as operations director. WMUR The move comes as the one-time long-shot for the nomination turned serious contender has picked up the pace on fundraising. Fox News

O’Rourke’s immigration message

Beto O’Rourke kicked off his latest campaign swing in New Hampshire by speaking at a rally Friday night in Peterborough protesting the detention of migrants. The former congressman from Texas – who’s made immigration a key focus of his White House bid, told the crowd about his recent meeting with a family of asylum seekers in Juarez, Mexico. He urged his listeners to stand up to injustices, mentioning the U.S.’s World War II-era internment of Japanese-Americans and its rejection of a ship of Jewish refugees from Germany in 1939.
Keene Sentinel

Big names in the Granite State 

Besides, Biden, Buttigieg, and Beto, some of the other biggest names in the Democratic nomination race are campaigning in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state this weekend. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey will be riding his campaign RV across the state on Saturday and Sunday. And Sen. Kamala Harris of California returns to the Granite State on Sunday. Also returning to the state once again – Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.

Steyer’s in and he's coming here soon

Tom Steyer’s no stranger to New Hampshire. And he’s returning later this month – this time as a declared presidential candidate. The billionaire progressive and environmental advocate and philanthropist is also wasting no time taking aim at some of his top rivals for the party’s presidential nomination. “The top three candidates have been in Congress and the Senate for a combined 70 years,” he said on Thursday in an interview with theConcord Monitor and  Steyer’s entry into the race on Tuesday – and his pledge to spend $100 million of his own money on his campaign – isn’t sitting well with some of those rivals, who’ve highlighted their push to rid big bucks from American politics.
Concord Monitor 

Warren packs them in in Peterborough

Hours after reporting that she raised a whopping $19 million in fundraising almost entirely from grassroots on-line fundraising, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts held a packed town hall in Peterborough, with an overflow crowd outside.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Fox News

WATCH TV report here

Gillibrand’s determination

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, wrapping up a seven-day marathon campaign swing through all 10 New Hampshire counties, told political and business leaders gathered at the ‘Politics and Egg’s speaking series on Tuesday that no candidate matches her drive and determination.
Union Leader

WATCH the event here
WATCH Gillibrand take an indirect jab at Biden here
WATCH Gillibrand on why the World Cup champion US Women’s Soccer Team deserves at least equal pay as the men here

Size Matters

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign highlighted Thursday that they now have 45 staffers on the ground in New Hampshire. Most of those staffers focus on field and community organizing. The campaign also plans to open offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover, and West Lebanon. The new additions will bring the number of offices Sanders has in the state up to six. So where do the other leading campaigns stand when it comes to staff size?
Concord Monitor

LISTEN: Interviews with billionaire progressive and environmental advocate and philanthropist Tom Steyer, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, on ‘On Background,’ the program that’s all about New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

LISTEN: Best-selling spiritual author and philanthropist Marianne Williamson goes in depth on ‘Common Cents’, the 2020 presidential election series that focuses on federal fiscal policy and pocketbook issues, the political process and bipartisan solutions.


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