2020 Primary

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

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Candidates have until the end of this week to file with the New Hampshire Secretary of State to get on the ballot for the 2020 first-in-the-nation presidential primary. But there’s been some attention on the decision by a few candidates – or potential candidates – to not file in person, or at all.

NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers and All Things Considered host Peter Biello sat down to discuss the implications of that decision.

So we're nearing the end of New Hampshire's filing period. What is the filing period? What is its purpose?

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It’s rare these days for a viable presidential campaign to believe that prolonged proximity to reporters is to a candidate’s benefit. But that's the bet the campaign of South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is making. For the past three days, Buttigieg has been traveling New Hampshire by bus – a la John McCain and his fabled Straight Talk Express of 20 years ago – accompanied by reporters invited to ask the candidate whatever they chose.

Vice President Pence traveled to New Hampshire on Thursday to officially add Donald Trump's name to the first-in-the-nation primary ballot.

His visit comes as President Trump's GOP challengers see the primary as a place where they'll make a stand against Trump, especially as other states have canceled primaries and changed Republican National Committee convention delegate rules to prevent any sort of insurgent candidate from emerging.

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These are not times to be trifled with as Andrew Yang sees it: American jobs are fast losing ground to aumotation, causing politcal upheaval, devastating communities, and even contributing to the kind of despair that can lead to addiction and suicide. And that's before artificial intelligence begins hitting organizations in earnest, he says, citing foremost technology leaders. 

 

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Vice President Mike Pence dropped by the New Hampshire State House today to sign the paperwork and hand over the required $1,000 fee to put President Donald Trump's name on the first in the nation Republican primary ballot.

A handful of states, including Nevada and South Carolina, have canceled their GOP presidential primaries  despite three Republicans running to challenge Trump for the party's nomination.

Pence was asked if he wished New Hampshire had joined those other states.

Andrew Yang, the Democratic presidential hopeful who wants to give every American a $1,000 check each month, was interviewed for an hour Nov. 7 on The Exchange 2020 Candidate Forum, a series produced in collaboration between NHPR and New Hampshire PBS.

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The New Hampshire Primary 2020 Candidate Forum series on The Exchange continued Nov. 7 with Democrat Andrew Yang. The entrepreneur and political newcomer discusses domestic and foreign policy, as well as some of the ideas he's become known for, such as "universal basic income." 

Yang warns of automation endangering American jobs.  He says providing an income  of $1,000 to all Americans over 18 would help solve that problem by creating a "trickle-up" economy.

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Last Democratic presidential primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire decisively, getting 60 percent of the vote and galvanizing his supporters across the country. But this year, many Sanders supporters say they see another progressive option in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Recent polls show the two candidates are largely drawing from the same pool of voters for their support.

As Primary Day draws closer, how are those voters navigating that choice?

Sara Plourde; NHPR

Lowering medical costs and increasing access to care are among the most important issues for many New Hampshire voters.

We examine how the candidates say they will address this, as well as the political context and core ideas within their proposals. 

Find NPR's breakdown of candidate proposals here

Original air date: Monday, November 4, 2019. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 1, 2019

Nov 1, 2019

The 100th anniversary of New Hampshire as the first in the nation primary officially begins as the candidate filing period kicks off this week. Elizabeth Warren's campaign joins the suit calling for a pause in the residency law, HB 1264, currently being challenged in court.  And wet weather delays Halloween for some towns.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren has called herself “a capitalist to the bones” and sees no contradiction between that description and her plans for expanding government, raising taxes and increasing regulation. 

“Without rules, capitalism is theft. So for me, it's about making sure we have a set of rules so that you really get competition so that nobody gets cheated, so that everybody has an opportunity,” she said during an Exchange 2020 Forum. 

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke ended his presidential campaign on Friday after struggling to translate the energy from his 2018 Senate bid into a successful White House campaign.

"Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively in the best interests of America," O'Rourke wrote in a statement on Medium.

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren was interviewed on The Exchange Candidate Forum this week.

Ahead of the hour-long interview, the Massachusetts senator was asked to deliver her "elevator pitch" — while she was actually in the elevator — on why she should be the next President of the United States.

Tom Steyer was interviewed this week on The Exchange Candidate Forum, a collaboration between New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire PBS.

Ahead of the hour-long interview, the Democratic presidential hopeful was asked to give his "elevator pitch" — while he was actually in the elevator — on why he should be President.

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On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., The Exchange sits down with former technology executive Andrew Yang, whose platforms include universal basic income, Medicare for All, and expanding access to education. Among his goals: "Make America Think Harder."  He has developed an enthusiastic internet following known as the Yang gang.  Submit your questions for Andrew Yang below and visit here to attend this event.

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Presidential candidates of all stripes have begun filing to get on the New Hampshire primary ballot. The 2020 filing period, a defining ritual of the presidential politics, opened Wednesday in the State House and will stretch for more than two weeks.

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Update: Elizabeth Warren released her funding plan for Medicare For All on Nov. 1. You can read that here.   

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren says she's working on a plan that will detail how to pay for her Medicare For All proposal.

The Democratic presidential candidate was interviewed on NHPR's 2020 Candidate Forum Series Wednesday morning.

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Tom Steyer may want to get money out of politics, but the billionaire former hedge fund manager has spent about $47 million of his own money getting himself noticed in the 2020 primary. 

He’s run more than three quarters of all the presidential TV ads so far. And that’s not counting social media, where he also appears frequently.

At a New Hampshire Public Radio forum Monday, Steyer said it’s been necessary, despite grumblings from some fellow Democratic candidates.

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New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding a series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore the issues that impact voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

Dan Tuohy | NHPR

Our New Hampshire Primary 2020 Candidate Forum series continues with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, before a live audience. Listen or watch the interview below to get her views on the economy, taxes, foreign policy, climate change, and more. 

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Democratic presidential candidate and former hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer sits down for an hour-long candidate forum in front of a live audience at New Hampshire Public Radio.

Air date: Monday, October 28, 2019. 

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Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio is dropping out of the presidential race.

Ryan, who failed to gain traction and qualify for recent Democratic debates, announced his withdrawal on Twitter Thursday.

He said he will instead seek reelection next year to his U.S. House seat.

Ryan says he ran to give voice to the forgotten people and businesses in the country that have been left behind and he wants to continue that in his congressional race.

The congressman's most recent fundraising report showed he had only $158,000 on hand.

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Two very different groups took to the State House on Wednesday. The first called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, while the second was decked out in ‘Make America Great Again’ T-shirts. 

Neither side, however, appeared to be drawing many people to their cause. 

Josh Rogers | NHPR

On a recent Friday morning, an audience of businesspeople lined up for photos with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

Bullock, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared at ease when it came time to grip-and-grin. He offered lots of eye contact, a firm handshake, the occasional clap on the back.

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Next Forum: Elizabeth Warren on October 30

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

If you're a New Hampshire voter who plans to participate in the 2020 presidential primary, you’ll want to double check your party registration this week. This Friday, Oct. 25, is the last day to make any changes to your party registration before the election. 

Todd Bookman

 

Next Forum: Monday, October 28

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding a series of forums with the presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

 

Drug recovery centers first became a stop on the campaign trail in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and they’re playing an especially important role this year, as presidential hopefuls unveil their plans to tackle the opioid crisis.

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In 2016, Steve Bullock won re-election as a Democrat in Montana, which is a state Donald Trump carried by 20 points.

He told the crowd who turned out to hear him in Manchester, at the Politics and Eggs speaking series, not to discount the need to appeal to voters who don't live on the coasts, people who live in places like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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