From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 – what to watch:
Let the filing begin
Warren, Buttigieg, Booker, Klobuchar, and Yang make headlines
Staying neutral for now
Why was Ted Cruz in NH?
Caffeinated on the campaign trail
Let the filing begin
New Hampshire’s spectacular fall foliage isn’t the only thing attracting out-of-staters to the 603 this month. Starting Wednesday, the presidential candidates will begin flocking to the secretary of state’s office on the second floor of the historic State House in Concord, as a quadrennial tradition in New Hampshire - the filing period for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary - gets underway. As my friend and competitor John DiStaso, who’s covering his eleventh primary, explains, during “the filing period, which attracts national and even international media attention, presidential candidates -- or in some cases their representatives or their spouses – visit the Secretary of State’s Office at the State House, pay a $1,000 filing fee and fill out the necessary paperwork to have their names placed on the ballot…The well-known candidates will likely arrange to have hundreds of their supporters inside and outside of the State House when they make their appearances. They’ll also be greeted by dozens of media representatives jammed into the Secretary of State's Office to cover the event.” Just in case they’re reading this – I’d like to point out to Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg – in case they’re interested - that the filing period ends at 5pm ET on Friday, November 15.
Pete’s plan to empower women
Pete Buttigieg on Thursday unveiled a detailed proposal focused entirely on women’s rights, as he kicked off a two-day swing through New Hampshire. As part of his plan, the South Bend, Indiana mayor vows to nominate women for at least half of the cabinet positions judicial seats if he wins the presidency. Throughout his trip, a feisty Buttigieg reprised his biggest moment from this month’s debate – his targeting of Sen. Elizabeth Warren over how she’d pay for her Medicare-for-all plan. At a rally at UNH in Durham he proclaimed "what I know is our plan is fully paid for, and our plan has the advantage that it doesn't kick you off your private plan." But he also faced some critics over his health care prescription and increased scrutiny. And he took aim at Facebook for not filtering out phony political ads.
Warren promises Medicare-for-all plan ‘soon’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren – who’s surged to co-frontrunner status with former Vice President Joe Biden - was also in NH on Thursday. At an event at Dartmouth College that her campaign said drew 1,100 people, the senator from Massachusetts kept her focus on battling the big money and corruption that she says is to blame for all of Washington’s ills. But she did say – once again – that her details on how she’d pay for Medicare-for-all plan “will be out soon, and I promise you'll get it."
Warren also raised concerns about NH’s controversial voting laws Concord Monitor
Warren HQ in the spotlight
The candidate’s New Hampshire headquarters arguably grabbed more headlines than the candidate herself on Thursday, thanks to a break-in at the Manchester facility hours before the senator arrived in the state.
Klobuchar spotlights free community college tuition
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota – back in NH for the second time since the Oct. 15th debate – headed to Nashua Community College on Friday to roll out her plan that would make community colleges and programs that teach trades free of charge. “What my plan would do is it would say let’s make sure we focus on those jobs and those degrees by having one and two-year degrees affordable — as in free.”
And she also went up with her second TV commercial in NH and Iowa WMUR
Bennet headlines ‘Politics and Eggs’
Sen. Michael Bennet took his turn addressing the famed speaking series, which is co-hosted by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. He highlighted his message that Democrats must fundamentally change how Washington operates if they want to implement lasting action on climate change and other top issues. "If you care about climate change…it's not enough to beat Trump. We have to fix the broken politics in Washington,” he emphasized.
Yang’s newsy NH trip
Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a one-time extreme 2020 long-shot who’s surged into a middle-tier presidential candidate, is expanding his staff in the Granite State. A senior Yang campaign adviser told the Concord Monitor the campaign was in the midst of a hiring spree in the Granite State. Yang’s team in the crucial early-voting state stood at around 15 at the beginning of the month, but the adviser said they planned to add at least 10 hires by early November. Yang also made plenty of news during multiple avails with reporters during his three-day swing through the Granite State.
Cory Booker-policy wonk
Cory Booker of New Jersey says he’s the real “policy wonk” on the presidential campaign trail. In an interview aboard his NH based RV, Booker touted that “there’s no bigger policy wonk nerd in this race than me. Anybody who knows me in the Senate, that’s my forte.”
Booker gives a thumbs up to ‘Pierre Delecto’ Fox News
WATCH Booker touts “there’s no bigger policy wonk nerd than me in this race”
WATCH Booker NH communications director Chris Moyer try not to crack up as Booker weighs in on Pierre Delecto.
WATCH Longtime Yankee fan Booker says he won’t pander to Red Sox fans.
Booker’s busy 2-day swing
The senator from New Jersey – spotlighting his pragmatism and preaching his politics of empathy as he pushed his grassroots outreach - grabbed tons of attention from reporters during his Sunday-Monday two-day swing.
Candidate with NH ties calls it quits
Rep. Tim Ryan was one of the first Democratic White House hopefuls to visit New Hampshire in the 2020 cycle. But he didn’t make it to the finish line. Low on campaign cash, not resonating in the polls, and far from qualifying for the autumn debates, the longtime congressman from northeast Ohio who spent his law school years in Concord ended his presidential campaign Thursday, with more than three months to go until the February primary. Ryan went to law school at the Franklin Pierce University School of Law, which is now known as UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. During his time on the Granite State campaign trail, he would highlight his years in the state. He started flirting with a White House run during trips to New Hampshire in the spring and summer of 2017.
Mini cattle-call at the Puritan Backroom
Buttigieg, Klobuchar, businessman and environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado took turns speaking at an annual fundraising dinner held by the Manchester Democrats. The Friday evening event – as it often is – was held at the famed Puritan Backroom – a must stop for White House hopefuls.
Staying Neutral – For Now
Four-term Rep. Annie Kuster is a common sight on the presidential campaign trail when the White House contenders are in New Hampshire’s second congressional district. Kuster is remaining neutral for now – but says she’ll endorse closer to the primary.
Ted Cruz was back in NH on Friday
The Republican senator from Texas who battled Donald Trump throughout the 2016 GOP presidential primary calendar – and beyond – returned to the Granite State to help raise money for his presidential campaign’s New Hampshire chair – Bill O’Brien. The former state House speaker’s one of three Republican candidates running to face off next year against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the 2020 election.
Corey Lewandowski – when?
The latest – he told Jack Heath on ‘New Hampshire Today’ that he’ll decide on a Senate run after January, adding that there’s plenty of time to get in the race.
Executive Counselor Andru Volinsky declared his candidacy for governor this week, become the second Democrat to launch a gubernatorial campaign. The winner of next September’s primary will face off in the general election against two-term GOP Gov. Chris Sununu. Concord Monitor
The inside scoop
Before political reporters scribbled explainers on "democratic socialism," and Twitter fueled the Washington zeitgeist, Bernie Sanders had two men in his corner: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.
Caffeinated on the campaign trail
Concord’s Revelstoke Coffee in Concord - the year-old café on Main Street across from the State House - is becoming a frequent stop for the candidates when they’re in the capital city. “I joke that we’ve become the unofficial campaign headquarters for about five or six campaigns at this point,” co-owner Alex Styole notes.
Steyer campaigns in New Hampshire Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Warren returns Tuesday and Wednesday. Buttigieg files on Wednesday and Sanders files on Thursday.
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