News / USA

Republicans Busy Campaigning in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is framed by a campaign sign held by a supporter as he greets the crowd after a campaign rally at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, January 7, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is framed by a campaign sign held by a supporter as he greets the crowd after a campaign rally at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, January 7, 2012.

In U.S. politics, the Republican presidential contenders are focusing their campaign efforts in New Hampshire in advance of Tuesday’s primary vote to choose a presidential candidate to take on President Barack Obama in November.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney got an enthusiastic welcome Saturday at a campaign rally in southern New Hampshire.

Romney leads in all the polls here but appears to be taking nothing for granted. He is well aware that New Hampshire voters can be fickle no matter what the polls say, so he is urging supporters to get out and vote on Tuesday.

“Let me tell you, don’t get too confident with those poll numbers," Romney said. "I’ve watched polls come and go and things change very quickly," It’s very fluid. I need to make sure you guys get your friends to go out and vote, and you vote as well.”

Romney is favored in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and hopes to build on his razor-thin victory in the Iowa caucus voting over former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

Romney, Santorum and four other Republican candidates will face off in a debate Saturday night, and again on Sunday morning before Tuesday's primary vote.

Santorum rode a wave of support from social conservatives in Iowa, including many Christian conservatives.  But New Hampshire is known more for independent voters than strong social conservatives, so Santorum may find it harder to build support here.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also competing in New Hampshire.

Gingrich has stepped up his attacks on Romney after being the target of millions of dollars in negative TV ads in Iowa, paid for by Ron Paul and by independent groups friendly to Romney.

“I don’t have their kind of money," Gingrich said. "But if I have you as supporters, I can have human beings who offset every vicious, negative ad and together we can insist on the truth.”

New Hampshire voters place a special value on being able to meet so many presidential candidates because of the importance of the state’s primary, said Mary Claire Heffernan.

“We just love the process. It is a great place to live because it really is retail politics. We were talking about the number of candidates we got to see over the years and it’s like nothing else. You get really close," Heffernan said.

Texas Governor Rick Perry remains in the race after a poor showing in Iowa.  But Perry is largely skipping New Hampshire to focus on the next contest in the Republican race, the South Carolina primary on January 21st.

A Republican nominee to face President Obama will be chosen over the next several months after a series of primary and caucus votes in the various states.

Republicans will formally nominate a candidate at their national convention in late August in Florida.  Democrats are expected to re-nominate President Obama at their national convention in early September in North Carolina.  

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid