On the trail: Following debate, White House race returns to Concord

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., (left) speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., listen during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday in Atlanta. AP

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, speaks as Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, look on during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday in Atlanta. AP

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., from left, look on during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore

For the Monitor
Published: 11/21/2019 5:37:06 PM

With the fifth Democratic presidential nomination debate now in the rearview mirror, some of the candidates who shined on the stage are headed to New Hampshire – and specifically the capital region.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who enjoyed praise from political pundits for her debate performance, will hold a town hall Friday at 2 p.m. at New England College in Henniker. The senator returns to the central part of the Granite State on Saturday, headlining a 12:30 p.m. town hall at Colby-Sawyer College in New London.

Klobuchar scored positive reviews for the second straight debate.

“Amy Klobuchar had a great night. The senator is eminently relatable and showed off that quality throughout the night,” noted veteran New Hampshire based political scientist Wayne Lesperance, of New England College. “If the standard is which candidate is most like me, Sen. Klobuchar demonstrated throughout the debate that she is that candidate.”

Sen. Cory Booker also returns to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state on Friday. The Democrat from New Jersey will make a stop in Concord during his two-day swing, when he takes part in a town hall meeting with members of the State Employees Association at their headquarters at 207 N. Main St., on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Like Klobuchar, the Democrat from New Jersey also grabbed positive headlines coming out of the debate. Pundits cited his questioning of Joe Biden on the former vice president’s opposition to legalizing marijuana, his shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on her proposed wealth tax on the ultra-rich – and his brushing off recent efforts by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Buttigieg to reach out to black voters. Booker said, “I have a lifetime of experience with black voters. I’ve been one since I was 18,” adding he didn’t “need a focus group” to remind himself what black voters think.

Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs at the college, played the role of the contrarian, noting “this is probably the first debate where Cory Booker did not shine brightly. He is a brilliant orator. Last night’s debate did not give him the opportunity to demonstrate that skill.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders also received high marks at the debate. His comments about Israel and Palestine grabbed plenty of attention.

“It is no longer good enough for us simply to be pro-Israel. I am pro-Israel ... But we must treat the Palestinian people with the respect and dignity they deserve,” Sanders said.

The longtime populist and progressive senator from Vermont returns to New Hampshire on Saturday for a three-day visit. Among his stops, a noontime town hall Saturday at Franklin High School and a town hall with SEA members Monday at 5:30 p.m. at their state headquarters in Concord.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – the other progressive standard-bearer in the large field of Democratic White House hopefuls – is back in the Granite State for two stops on Saturday. She’ll hold a canvass kickoff in Salem before headlining a late afternoon town hall at the Henry J. McLaughlin Middle School in Manchester.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii will be in Concord on Saturday, as part of a multi-day swing through the state. Gabbard will headline a town hall at 6:30 p.m. at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Two candidates who didn’t make the debate stage are also coming to New Hampshire this weekend and Monday. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado wraps up a three-day visit to the state Monday at 3:30 p.m., when he sits down for a conversation on education at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord.

Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick makes his second trip to New Hampshire after declaring his candidacy just a week ago. He’ll headline “Politics and Eggs” on Monday at 8 a.m. at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and New England Council speaking series is a must-stop for White House hopefuls.

Nearly all of the Democratic presidential contenders held events in and around Concord during the Oct. 30 through Nov. 15 filing period, as they stopped by the State House to file to place their names on the presidential primary ballot.

Concord endorsements

The Monitor reported on Thursday that Concord City Councilor Byron Champlin endorsed Booker for president. While Booker’s poll numbers in New Hampshire aren’t soaring, he’s number one when it comes to endorsements by local, municipal, county and state lawmakers and leaders. The Booker campaign touted that Champlin is the senator’s 88th endorsement in New Hampshire.

“Cory Booker’s healing message is exactly what America needs after years of President Trump’s hatred and division. As a former mayor and current U.S. senator, Cory has the experience of bringing together a diverse coalition of people to deliver real change for all Americans,” Champlin noted.

Earlier this week, New Hampshire House Finance Committee Chairwoman Rep. Mary Jane Wallner of Concord – a 20-term state representative – endorsed Warren.

Reps. Sam Fox of Bow and Kris Schultz of Concord were also among a list of seven lawmakers to back Warren.

The Sanders campaign announced that state Rep. Ryan Buchanan of Concord was named a co-chairman of New Hampshire Veterans for Bernie.




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