2020 Primary

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

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In an interview Sunday with NHPR, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to elaborate on a dispute with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that kicked off a broader debate this week over gender and electability. But Sanders did weigh in on the obstacles facing female candidates.

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In their effort to woo voters before next month’s primary, Democratic Presidential candidates have come out with an array of policy plans, including ones to revitalize the rural United States. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson has been looking at what these plans might mean for rural New Hampshire and talking to voters about their concerns.

The Democratic National Committee has announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges.

As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet polling and grassroots funding thresholds to participate in the Feb. 7 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

But new for next month is a pathway centered around delegates.

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The Exchange sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, Jan. 19, before a live audience to discuss the Senator's views on Medicare for All, gun policy, foreign policy and other issues on voters' minds this election cycle. 

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by a large margin, finds himself in a close race for the 2020 contest. He was recently endorsed again by the SEA SEIU Local 1984, one of the largest labor unions in the Granite State. 

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This week we saw the latest, smallest, and whitest Democratic debate of the cycle. How'd it go? And with the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, who has the momentum, how are candidates ramping up their door-to-door campaigning, and where does the Senate impeachment trial fit in?

Original air date:  Friday, January 17, 2020

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The Republican primary to choose a nominee to take on incumbent Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas is getting crowded. A former Dover city councilor who was also vice chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party is the latest candidate to announce his entry into the race. 

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  Democratic presidential hopefuls are campaigning all over New Hampshire, and they’re spending a lot of time in areas once considered Republican strongholds. The candidates are hoping to capitalize on a demographic shift underway in rural New Hampshire that could have big political implications.

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N.H. Congresswoman Annie Kuster has endorsed Pete Buttigieg in his campaign for president, making her the highest-ranking elected official in the state to back a 2020 Democratic candidate.

If the last few Democratic presidential debates are any guide, tonight's will likely delve into health care proposals. Do voters know what we're talking about when we talk about various plans and concepts, including "Medicare for All?" Or any of the other health policy terms that get thrown around?

Pretty much no.

Michael Bennet, a Democratic presidential candidate, shared his campaign priorities during an interview Monday on NHPR's The Exchange.

Ahead of the interview, the Colorado senator was asked to give his "elevator pitch" on why voters should cast a ballot for him in 2020. Watch:

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Some of the Democratic candidates running for president this year are banking on a myth.

It’s a famous one: That New Hampshire gives little known candidates a real chance at the White House.

But in 2020, is there still any truth to that?

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Like many other New Hampshire communities, the city of Franklin has tried for decades to recover from a lost mill economy resulting in an aging population, struggling schools, and a downtown with lots of vacant storefronts.

The state’s smallest and one of its poorest cities has ambitious plans for growth, making it an appealing backdrop for candidates in the 2020 presidential primary race. 

But how well are these candidates, who are promising to restore the nation, addressing the issues that matter most to Franklin?

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We begin our Jan. 13 show  with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.  A former Superintendent of Schools in Denver and co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, with a keen interest also in immigration reform, Bennet is running on a platform that includes a public option for helath care, expanding tax credits for the middle class, and repairing the country's infrastructure.   

Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In an email to his supporters, Booker cited a number of reasons: most notably, a lack of money to continue.

"Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will rightly be keeping me in Washington," Booker wrote.

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An official representing a tiny New Hampshire community whose tradition of being among the first to cast ballots for president in primaries and the general election was endangered says it now has enough people to go ahead.

Tom Tillotson says Dixville Notch has a necessary fifth resident to vote in the first presidential primary on Feb. 11.

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The former two-term Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, who filed for the New Hampshire primary a day before the deadline, says he felt the need to jump into the presidential race because he offers a different approach – and not just from President Trump.

 

“I've been concerned that we have been offering, and this is a gross generalization, but either nostalgia, meaning we'll just get rid of, as they say, President Trump and go back to doing what we used to do, which is not what we need right now,” Patrick said on The Exchange. “Or our version of anger and division instead of theirs, which I also think sort of misses the moment. And so I think there is still a path.”

 

(For the full conversation, visit here.)

 

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The Exchange sits down with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. before a live audience to discuss health care, the environment, conflict in the Middle East and more.  Although he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, Sanders caucuses with Democrats and is running for president as a Democratic candidate. Among his top issues: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal,  cancelling student debt, and taking on the "billionaire class."   

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Next Forum: Senator Bernie Sanders on January 19  

[THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. YOU CAN STILL LISTEN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST ON THE EXCHANGE SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 11 A.M., OR TO THE REBROADCAST MONDAY, JANUARY 20 AT 9 A.M. AND AGAIN AT 7 P.M.]

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On a rainy, grey Saturday in January, hundreds filled the gym at Stevens High School in Claremont to see one of the leading Democratic candidates, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.

As volunteers handed out signs for people to wave and music blared, I walked around, looking for voters to talk with. 

Writer, entrepreneur and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson has ended her presidential campaign, months after garnering viral attention in early debates, earning curiosity but little support from Democratic voters.

"The primaries might be tightly contested among the top contenders, and I don't want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of them," Williamson wrote in a letter to supporters. "As of today, therefore, I'm suspending my campaign."

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A recent poll from CBS news finds that voters in New Hampshire see former Vice President Joe Biden as the Democrat most likely to defeat President Trump in 2020. But he's also the Democrat who generates the lowest level of excitement among supporters.

Voters still considering Biden appear to be navigating that apparent contradiction in the final weeks of the primary race.

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Washington's escalating conflict and crisis with Iran has become a central focus of the presidential race. Voters are expressing concern, and the Democratic candidates are talking about it on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.

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College students from around the country are in Manchester this week as part of College Convention 2020, and they're hearing pitches from several presidential candidates. The event is hosted by New England College.

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How would an extra $12,000 a year change your lifestyle? Your life? The centerpiece of Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign is something he dubs the Freedom Dividend: a payment of $1,000, every month, to every adult in America. 

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Affordable housing isn't an issue getting a lot of attention in presidential campaign advertisements, on cable news or on the debate stage. But it is a topic with relevance to New Hampshire, a state with an incredibly tight rental market and a shortage of affordable housing options.

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As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he will demand to see intelligence reports that may have led President Trump to authorize the airstrike that killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

“I'll be asking, did this meet the standards of using military force?” Booker said during an Exchange 2020 Primary Forum.

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State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley says he's confident New Hampshire will keep its prized place in the presidential nominating calendar in 2024, regardless of who's elected president in November.

Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker outlined his national priorities over an hour-long interview on The Exchange Candidate Forum today. On the way to the NHPR studios, he was asked to give his elevator pitch, while actually in the elevator, on why Granite Staters should vote for him in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

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