2020 Primary

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

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As presidential candidates make their way through New Hampshire to meet with voters, NHPR is sitting down with them to chat about the issues affecting Granite Staters.

NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Portsmouth during one of her weekend visits. He asked Warren about tax policy and her support of abolishing the Electoral College.

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Richard Lobban was among the roughly 50 people who packed inside the Rockingham County Democrats Regional Office in Londonderry to hear Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren make her presidential campaign pitch Saturday night.

Lobban said he was — like a lot of his fellow New Hampshire Democrats — still very much untethered to any of the 18 declared candidates in the race for the 2020 presidential nomination.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 12, 2019

Apr 12, 2019

The Democratic-led House passes its version of the state spending plan, with funding for the secure psychiatric unit restored.  A bill to repeal the death penalty in the state clears NH Senate with a veto-proof margin. N.H.'s 400 state legislators get paid $100 a year; we examine the conflicts of interest they sometimes encounter in this small state. And another Democrat jumps into the 2020 primary race.


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For the growing field of Democrats running for president, the early stage of the campaign includes an important choice: whether to try and inspire with grand ideas, or focus on the details of policy from the get-go.

Candidates who've been in New Hampshire recently are landing on very different sides of that question -- but some voters would rather have it both ways.

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Presidential candidates have already been spending a lot of time in New Hampshire. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley has been sitting down with them to chat about where they stand on the issues facing Granite Staters.

Andrew Yang is a 44-year-old entrepreneur who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Rick spoke with Yang after a campagin event in Concord:

(Below is a transcript from the NHPR interview.)

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NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is sitting down with presidential candidates as they make their early trips through the Granite State to meet with potential voters.

Rick recently caught up with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a restaurant in Concord.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg drew a big crowd in Manchester Friday night.

The South Bend, Indiana mayor has campaigned here before, but has become a center of media attention in recent days. His meet and greet was originally planned for a local brewery, and was moved to the Currier Museum of Art to accommodate more people.

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Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand criticized Gov. Chris Sununu Saturday for his plan to veto a family medical leave proposal backed by Democrats in the New Hampshire Legislature. 

The New York senator was on a panel in Laconia with advocates for what’s known as Senate Bill 1. It would fund family and medical leave for New Hampshire workers through a payroll tax. 

It's budget season in the legislature -- and the construction of a secure psychiatric unit, a major part of the state’s new ten-year mental health plan, is at the center of a partisan tussle. Also, the state fined real estate developer Brady Sullivan half a million dollars for breaking environmental regulations. And presidential candidates: who’s here this weekend and who’s emerging from the crowded field.

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats' progressive and working class wings to win the White House.

Ryan, 45, announced his primary bid on ABC's "The View." He plans a kickoff rally on Saturday in downtown Youngstown, where a big turnout by organized labor is expected.

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President Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, headlined a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party in Nashua on Tuesday night. 


After criticizing the media, Lara Trump, who's also a senior campaign advisor to the president, pinpointed what she says would be a winning formula for Republicans in 2020:


"We're going to stay out of the Democrats' way and we're going to let them battle it out, right?"


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John Delaney is a former Congressman from Maryland who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He first announced his candidacy almost two years ago after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and he's been in the Granite State several times since.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with Delaney to chat about his candidacy and views on where the Democratic Party is headed.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney says the 2020 election is going to be "fought in the center."  The Democratic presidential primary candidate spoke on NHPR's The Exchange about several platforms he believes have bipartisan appeal, including a carbon tax, a comprehensive immigration reform package, and a plan for universal healthcare that includes options for private or supplemental insurance.

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Traditional issues like health care and the economy are still key talking points for Democratic presidential hopefuls criss-crossing the state this year, but candidates are also rolling out ideas you don't often hear.

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Former three-term Maryland Congressman John Delaney announced his run for the Democratic nomination in July 2017, the earliest of any candidate--a move seen as unusual even as candidates trend toward announcing earlier. Delaney casts himself as a moderate and says if elected he would sign only bipartisan legislation in his first 100 days as President.  He has said he will focus on what he believes matters to most Americans: jobs, wages, and opportunities for their children. 


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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will be one of four commencement speakers at Southern New Hampshire University's graduation ceremonies in May.

The school announced Tuesday that the presidential candidate will speak at a ceremony for online students on the morning of May 12.

Booker is one of six current senators who have announced campaigns to win the Democratic nomination in an effort to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is considering a run against President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

Weld has launched an exploratory committee, but has yet to make an official announcement. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Weld about Special Counsel Rober Mueller's report and which of Trump's policies he opposes.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney is among 15 —by latest count— Democrats running for President.

Delaney was the first Democrat to announce a bid for the party's nomination; he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in July 2017 declaring his intention to run.

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Democratic voters packed a bar in Newmarket last night to see former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper make his case to be the next president.

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Lawmakers in both the New Hampshire House and Senate have rejected bills requiring presidential candidates to release their federal income tax returns.

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Congresswoman Tulsi  Gabbard, Democrat representing Hawaii, says she is running for President to end  “wasteful regime-change” wars and to bring an end to the "nuclear-arms race."  Gabbard says she would redirect trillions of dollars spent on military conflicts toward health care, education, infrastructure, and other needs.   

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Democratic Presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said ending regime-change wars is among her top priorities on NHPR's The Exchange hosted by Peter Biello. Rep. Gabbard, D-HI, currently serves as Major in the Hawaii National Guard and served two tours in the Middle East. 

Rep. Gabbard stayed after The Exchange to address veteran's health, the question of privatization and women's health care in the VA. She also answered a listener question: What does she do for fun?

2020 Candidate Conversation: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Mar 21, 2019
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her candidacy early this year, one of the first Democrats to do so in what has since become a crowded Primary field, with more candidates likely to jump in.  Gabbard is a Major in the Army National Guard and deployed twice to the Middle East.  She has called for a "sea change" in U.S. foreign policy and supports Medicare For All. 

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke is wrapping up his first visit to New Hampshire since joining the race for President.

After stopping by a packed Taqueria in Manchester, O'Rourke told reporters he's tried to learn from New Hampshire voters during his three days here.

"I'm trying to do my best and I know that the people of New Hampshire are doing their best," he said. "They take this responsibility as the first primary state very seriously. And so many have said I expect to see you back, I have more questions for you. I'll look forward to answering them."

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee visited New Hampshire for the first time as a declared presidential candidate last weekend. The Democratic hopeful, after a house party in Bedford, discussed why climate change is the No. 1 reason he is running for the White House. 

"If the economy is your No. 1 interest, climate change warriors like myself are for you because we're going to both prevent damage to the economy and we're going to grow jobs by the bucketful," he says. 

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his first campaign stop in New Hampshire last night, rolling into Keene State College just after 8 p.m. 


There was a crowd waiting for his arrival, including many who drove hours from neighboring states. 

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has made two campaign sweeps of New Hampshire since he announced his presidential bid Feb. 1. The former mayor of Newark, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2013, sat down for a recent interview with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley at the Airport Diner in Manchester.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington, made stops in Bedford, Exeter and Durham Saturday.

The visit was Inslee's first to New Hampshire since he launched his 2020 campaign earlier this month.

His platform centers primarily on addressing climate change, an issue he stressed with voters at a house party Saturday morning.

“We have exactly one chance left to defeat climate change, and that’s during the next administration,” Inslee said. “When (we) have one chance at survival, we ought to take it.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand was in Portsmouth Friday for a roundtable discussion on safe drinking water.

New Hampshire’s Seacoast region recently has been at the forefront of issues surrounding contaminated drinking water, a result of a class of chemicals known as PFAS that were widely used in firefighting foams, as well as other consumer products.

Inside the Portsmouth Library, Gillibrand told the audience that communities in her home state of New York are also dealing with the fallout of PFAS contamination.