2020 Primary

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

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During her latest swing through the Granite State this weekend, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren stumped in Rochester, Bedford and Nashua, and spoke to guests at the Rockingham County Democrats summer clambake.

The senator from Massachusetts also sat down for a brief interview with NHPR inside the Portsmouth Book & Bar, where she touched on topics ranging from student debt to international trade.

(This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee brought his climate change-driven presidential campaign back to New Hampshire this weekend.

The Democrat recently unveiled a detailed, $9-trillion plan to spur rapid renewable energy growth and create 8 million related jobs.  

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Presidential campaigns do all they can to make sure their events stay on message: candidates who pivot out of tough questions, campaign staff who keep a tight grip on the microphone while a voter is asking a question.

But now, more and more, voters are coming to campaign events with their own bag of tricks. With the help of advocacy groups around the state, they’re getting trained in an art known as birddogging.

Reporters from NHPR and the NPR Politics Podcast will conduct joint interviews with select presidential candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. As part of NHPR’s comprehensive coverage of the first-in-the nation New Hampshire Primary, NHPR is teaming up with NPR and Iowa Public Radio for a series of conversations with the candidates – taking place on the ground in both New Hampshire and in Iowa.

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During a campaign stop in Nashua, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris criticized a measure passed Tuesday by the Alabama legislature that would ban nearly all abortions in that state.

“Let us all agree that women’s health care is under attack, and we will not stand for it,” Harris told a standing room only crowd inside of Girls, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to empowering young women.  

The Alabama statute, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey, would make performing an abortion a felony except in very limited circumstances.

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker believes Americans will be more open to finding common ground in 2020 — in large part — because of President Donald Trump.

"He's using the highest office in this land to commit act after act of moral vandalism, to do things to divide, demean, and degrade us, and he is doing great in the politics of pinning Americans against each other."

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Joe Biden is heading home after his first swing through New Hampshire in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. He visited Manchester Community College, a Hampton pizzeria, and a house party in Nashua. NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers was there for much of it, and he spoke with Peter Biello on All Things Considered about what he's noticed at Biden's first 2020 campaign stops.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he wants to unite Americans, restore the middle class and “restore the soul of this country.”

The reasons he gives for running for president could be further boiled down to two words: Donald Trump.

In Hampton Monday, at his first stop in New Hampshire since declaring his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden kept circling back and referring to Trump, though not by name, as the problem.

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker told a crowd of people in Concord Monday that a positive message is the best way to confront President Donald Trump in the next election.

“I'm kinda worried about my party as much I'm worried about other things,” said Booker. “Because I don't think we win this election by showing the worst of who we are. I think this idea, ‘when they go low, we go lower’ is terrifying to me.”

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Andrew Yang could give his platform on Universal Basic Income in his sleep: he’s been widely covered on the impacts of automation and technology on the American workforce and how he plans to solve those issues through a “Freedom Dividend” and value-added tax. But on key social issues like gun-control and abortion, Yang hasn’t had as much air time.

NHPR Host Peter Biello asked Yang on The Exchange about his signature platforms and less popular policies for the tech entrepreneur running his first campaign for public office. Read selected excerpts from the interview below; they have been edited for clarity.

[Listen to the full conversation here.] 

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Former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says climate change needs to be more of a priority in the 2020 election. Fresh off a campaign stop in flood-ravaged regions of Iowa, O’Rourke told voters in Hooksett:

“It’s not God. It’s not Mother Nature. It is us - our emissions, our excesses, our inaction in the face of the facts. And we know that this will get exponentially worse over time unless we change course now.”

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There’s an old cliché in politics – who’s the candidate voters would want to have a beer with?

It’s a euphemism for likability. But this year, it’s also something New Hampshire voters might actually be able to answer.

2020 Candidate Conversation: Andrew Yang

May 9, 2019
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Andrew Yang is running for President on $1,000 a month: his central campaign policy is the concept of Universal Basic Income, which he is calling a “Freedom Dividend,” a monthly stipend from the federal government for each American, ages 18 to 64.

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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visited a Nashua recovery center Monday to talk up her $100 billion plan to address mental health and addiction. Klobuchar says the country needs a president willing to lead on this issue.

 

Klobuchar says her background -- as a prosecutor, and as the daughter of an alcoholic -- shapes her approach to addiction policy. She says the country is long overdue for a truly national approach to boosting treatment.

 

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Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar is holding a roundtable discussion at Revive Recovery Center in Nashua on Monday about her plan to improve addiction and mental health services across the country.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said he’s “not a fan of the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. today,” but he’s running for that party’s nomination for President. Weld spoke on The Exchange about his platforms as well as his distaste of President Trump. He has made a number of comments, sometime contradictory, about whether he’s running to win or to weaken Trump among Republicans. In an interview with Peter Biello, Weld said he “would never support Mr.

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Wayne Messam, one of the most recent Democrats to join the 2020 presidential race, made his first trip to New Hampshire on Thursday night.

The mayor of Miramar, a suburb of Miami, arrived on his own to a Masonic lodge in Raymond to speak with 20 voters.

“What I am is a practical everyday person from a hardworking family that understands if Americans are given an opportunity and a chance, they’ll take advantage of it,” he said, before spending the next two hours mapping out his policies and taking questions.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld will challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination. It's not the former two-term governor's first shot for the Oval Office: he was the Libertarian vice presidential nominee in 2016 with Gary Johnson. He recently changed his party affiliation from Libertarian to Republican.

We ask Weld about economic policy, the role of government in social programming and where New Hampshire fits in his strategy to win the White House.

Send your questions for Bill Weld to exchange@nhpr.org or call in to ask your question on air, 1-800-892-6477.

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Vice President Joe Biden becomes the 20th Democrat to get in the 2020 presidential race. Josh Rogers, NHPR’s senior political reporter, joined Emily Quirk to talk about Biden kicking off his campaign and the state of the race as it now stands in New Hampshire.

After eight years as vice president and decades of representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate, Joe Biden is definitely a known quantity. But what's his political experience been like here in New Hampshire?

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Seth Moulton is the 19th Democrat to get into the race for president. He's in his third term representing Massachusetts in Congress. Before that, he served four tours of duty in Iraq.

"I am going to talk about how we lead with moral authority around the world. I am going to talk about what a new generation of national authority looks like, for our country and for the world. I am going to confront President Trump on these issues of safety and security."

Robert Garrova

Presidential candidates are making their campaign stops at the obligatory house parties, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and a bunch of restaurants and bars. But one New Hampshire high school class is vying for its place on that list of stops.

 

It’s mid-afternoon on a Monday at Kennett High School in North Conway. Inside this classroom the scene is typically academic, with textbooks stacked along the walls and a white board with a list of grammar tips.

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During a stop in Keene on Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris laid out a plan she says will reduce gun violence in America.

The California senator told a crowd at Keene State College that if elected, she would give Congress 100 days to enact “reasonable gun safety laws.” Without action, she would seek to use executive powers.

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College played host Monday night to a televised forum with a few 2020 presidential candidates: Five Democrats, over five hours, in front of 500 or so college students. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports on how this made-for-TV take on a New Hampshire tradition came together.

Robert Garrova

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined a round table discussion in Manchester Friday on bringing passenger rail to New Hampshire.

 

Flanked by Mayor Joyce Craig and small business owners, Klobuchar expressed support for a proposal which would bring commuter service from the Boston area to New Hampshire’s Capitol Corridor region.

 

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, described rail as a potential economic and demographic boost.

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Like every 2020 Presidential Candidate, Marianne Williamson has her policy positions on the issues. But Williamson argues her ideas present what she calls a “fierce and authentic” conversation, unheard elsewhere in the crowded Democratic field.  

In an interview on The Exchange, Williamson described her approach, while painting an image of an America traumatized by economic distress and spiritual malfunction. She suggested that her status as a political outsider, along with her work helping people seeking transformation, make her the best-suited candidate for the country at this time. 

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Former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his second trip to N.H. on Thursday, stopping in Derry and Concord before speaking to voters at Nashua Community College.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 19, 2019

Apr 18, 2019

We find out how Granite Staters are reacting to the release of the Mueller report, and how it is playing out on the campaign trail with 2020 candidates. Secretary of State Bill Gardner urges lawmakers to go slow when it comes to undoing voting laws enacted by the last Legislature. And the Senate backs a bipartisan plan to expand net energy metering in New Hampshire by a veto-proof margin. 

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Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld says the country needs a foreign policy that doesn't change with the president's mood swings.

 

Weld announced this week he’s officially challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

 

In a speech Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University, Weld railed against President Trump, saying the president's America First slogan reminded him of dictators like Adolf Hitler.

 

Weld also called for free and fair trade, and he called China and Russia authoritarian regimes.

 

2020 Candidate Conversation: Marianne Williamson

Apr 16, 2019
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Marianne Williamson's campaign is based on some of the same themes that brought her acclaim and finanicial success for the past 30 years. She is calling for a "moral and spiritual awakening" in this country. The best-selling author and lecturer on such topics as spirituality and miracles is calling for a new American revolution, a "politics of love." We'll ask Marianne Williamson what that means in terms of policy, including health care, immigration, education.  

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A Sunday morning at 8:30, months out from an election isn’t - at least on paper – prime time for any candidate to fill a room,

Yet, this Cory Booker house party in Bedford, New Hampshire is packed

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