2020 Primary

NHPR's coverage of the 2020 first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.

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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was on the short-list to be Hillary Clinton's running mate four years ago. He is working to position himself as a candidate suited to challenge President Trump.

"What he's trying to do is, he's trying to split people along racial, and ethnic and religious lines. His specialty, if you will, in politics is division.  Trying to just amp up a base. He's the biggest identity politician that we've had over the last 50 years."

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In an age when campaigns increasingly rely on social media or televised town hall meetings to court voters, face to face campaigning still has its place.

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Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar pitched herself as an experienced moderate during  a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire over the weekend.

At an event at the home of former Democratic state senator Peter Burling in Cornish, Klobuchar told the crowd that candidates for president shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep.

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Presidential candidate Julian Castro is making another campaign swing through New Hampshire this week -- his first since last month's televised Democratic debate.

The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development is making immigration a focus of his campaign.

Speaking to voters at Nashua Community College on Thursday night, Castro argued that President Trump believes immigration is a winning issue for him.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, says she will not release a draft list of prospective judges whom she would nominate, if elected President.

"I think that you interview people, you make decisions -- you can't do that as a candidate," she said. "You can't vet them like you should. As a candidate you don't have the FBI."

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Senator Kamala Harris touched on climate change, health care and pay raises for teachers during her stump speech Sunday in Somersworth, New Hampshire. But the California Democrat’s sharpest lines were reserved for President Trump. 

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Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke decried the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border while campaigning Friday night in Peterborough.

O’Rourke spoke at one of many “Lights for Liberty” vigils held across the state and the country. The vigils were part of a nationwide campaign to protest reported conditions at immigrant detention centers.

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Under a tent next to Castaway’s restaurant in Dover, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a stump speech that never strayed far from his central campaign theme--what he calls restoring the soul of America. 

“I think it’s time to lift our heads up,” Biden told the crowd alongside the Cochecho River. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand made her pitch to people attending New Hampshire's Politics and Eggs breakfast Tuesday.

The New York senator is the latest 2020 hopeful to participate in the traditional campaign stop at Saint Anselm College, where she shook hands with business and policy advocates and signed the event’s signature wooden eggs.

“I don’t pander, and I am not competitive, but I will sign every egg in this room before I leave,” Gillibrand said, to laughs.

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Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman who has served two tours in the Middle East with the Hawaii Army National Guard, has emerged as the most vocal isolationist candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

America should "stop trying to act as the policeman of the world," she said in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and New Hampshire Public Radio.

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New Hampshire is at the forefront of a growing debate over PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water. And many of the Democrats campaigning to win the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary are taking notice.

They’re using the issue to connect with a highly engaged block of potential Granite State voters – and local PFAS activists are welcoming the attention.


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Bernie Sanders marched in Nashua's Pride parade on Saturday. When Sanders arrived, he posed for selfies and praised Mayor Jim Donchess for backing the parade.

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"Hey, congratulations," he told Donchess, "You got a nice group of people here."

Sanders borrowed a baseball cap with a rainbow unicorn logo, asking, "A unicorn is politically correct?"

Then he marched, keeping a brisk pace under a blazing sun. 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says Democrats need a nominee who can engage and excite voters in 2020, from young people to the working class. 

"You're not going to have that turnout unless the candidate has issues that excite people, that energize people," he said in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and New Hampshire Public Radio.

When Sen. Kamala Harris of California launched her presidential campaign in January and drew a crowd of 20,000 in Oakland, Calif., she raised some eyebrows about the potential for her candidacy.

But during the early stretch of this Democratic primary campaign, Harris struggled to catch on or stand apart — until Thursday night.

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NHPR is following the 2020 Presidential Primary candidates on the trail, and so can you. We've created a handy calendar so you can see which candidates are appearing when - and where - across the Granite State.

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Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she won't support growing calls for a special debate on climate change.

Williamson, an author and public speaker, talked to around 25 Merrimack residents Wednesday about PFAS chemical contamination. She says their drinking water concerns are tied to larger issues with the effects of corporate money on politics.

Williamson argues a debate focused just on climate change would ignore too many other problems – like child poverty, a priority of hers.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was one of the last Democrats to enter the presidential race. He says his resume, that of a Democrat able to win in a state won by Donald Trump in 2016, should be a key item for voters to consider.

"When you look at a field of 24, I'm the only one that won a Trump state," he tells the NPR Politics Podcast, in an episode produced in collaboration with Iowa Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Presidential candidate Seth Moulton echoed the sentiments of local leaders gathered at Merrimack Town Hall: Increase access to PFAS testing and strengthen enforcement on the federal level.

 

Officials from Merrimack invited Moulton, as well as all the presidential hopefuls, to participate in a community discussion Monday to learn more about PFAS contamination in New Hampshire.

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Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren visited voters in Windham and Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday to pitch a plan she says will fight the influence of big corporations and rebuild the middle class.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand presents herself as a fighter – and a winner, seemingly unfazed by low poll numbers.  Speaking on The Exchange, the New York Senator said she believes she can win over red, blue, and purple parts of the country, touting her popularity in conservative parts of her home state.

"I've never backed down from a fight. I take on the fights that other people won't, and I actually win. And that's been my story," she said. 

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be on the debate stage at the Democratic National Committee June 26 or 27. The two-term senator, who has been behind in the polls, recently met the 65,000 donor mark. Gillibrand has more than a decade of experience in Congress and the highest percentage of women donors. We ask Gillibrand about paid family leave, gun control, her version of a Green New Deal, and abortion rights.

The 2020 Presidential primary has a massive field of Democratic candidates, and as even more voters shift away from using landlines, election polling has evolved as well. We talk about how we measure public opinion on political candidates, the reliability of polls, and how polling impacts both candidates and voters. 

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If elected President, Sen. Kamala Harris says her administration would pursue obstruction of justice charges against a former President Donald Trump.

"I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes," Harris said in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio. The candidate series is produced in collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio.

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NHPR reports on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary every four years, but this time around we're trying something a little different.

We're inviting you to weigh in on how we should cover this campaign. 

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Tim Ryan, who represents Northeastern Ohio in Congress, says Democrats need to understand the priorities of what he repeatedly called "my people."

 

"If the new center of gravity is Youngstown, Ohio or Akron, Ohio, maybe we can just start to put this thing back together."

 

The Democratic presidential candidate, speaking at Politics & Eggs at St. Anselm College, said right now the working class is getting what he called the shaft. And that he'd work to boost domestic production of electric cars.

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Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson made a stop by the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday as she wrapped up her latest campaign swing through New Hampshire.

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden used a swing through New Hampshire Tuesday to highlight his new proposal to combat climate change. The former Vice President is embracing what he calls the frameworks of the Green New Deal, including a $1.7 trillion federal investment in climate related policies.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is criticizing President Trump's conduct, but says it's not the sole focus of his campaign.  

The South Bend, Indiana mayor spoke to a crowd of several hundred in Exeter Friday night. He said Democrats shouldn't spend too much time trying to counter the current White House.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned across New Hampshire this week, with three events scheduled on Memorial Day and three more for Tuesday.

During a stop in Warner, Sanders told a crowd that many of the unpopular positions he's taken in the past now have widespread support -- including his votes against the war in Iraq.

Now, as tensions with Iran mount, Sanders accused the current president of failing to learn from history.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says his generation is positioned to find and to build unity through diversity. The 37-year-old military veteran, who is a two-term mayor of South Bend, Ind., often speaks on the campaign trail about his faith and his marriage to his husband, Chasten. 

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