2020 Primary

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

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If you’re a Granite Stater who spends any time on Facebook, and you’ve expressed even the slightest interest in politics, chances are your feed is full of ads for the 2020 presidential candidates. 

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Joe Biden was under scrutiny for a report that a war story he recounted on the campaign trail was riddled with inaccuracies. As he sat for an interview earlier this week, he responded, "The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making."

A third Republican has jumped into the 2020 race for U.S. Senate. Bryant "Corky" Messner of Wolfeboro, a military veteran and attorney, is pitching himself as a political outsider.

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After a labor day weekend that saw another mass shooting, this time in Odessa Texas, gun policy is on the minds of many Democratic primary voters.

When Bernie Sanders spoke in Epsom Tuesday, his focus was healthcare, but when asked about guns by a member of the crowd, Sanders pledged to fight for universal background checks and to limit the availability of so-called assault weapons.

"More and more Americans - and I - certainly believe we should ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons," he said.

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New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

Feltes, in his third term, announced his candidacy Tuesday in a web video, saying he'll work hard, leave no one behind and get things done.

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For Democrats looking to court grassroots progressive supporters in New Hampshire, few speaking slots are as coveted as the New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s annual Labor Day breakfast.

Jordyn Haime

Rolando Cantú is originally from Texas, and is now a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. But I caught up with him a few weeks ago in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he was helping set up tables and chairs in a packed catering hall, before Sen. Bernie Sanders was scheduled to speak. 

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Former congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas took a break from the campaign trail earlier this month to spend time in his home town of El Paso, where a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart. When he resumed campaigning, he did so with a sharper tone, and one directed at President Trump.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang tried to set his climate change plan apart from the rest of the Democratic field at an event in Portsmouth on Monday. Yang had been criticized recently for saying on the Democratic debate stage that the solution to climate change is to "move to high ground."

On the banks of the Piscataqua River Monday, the venture capitalist said that stance is about accepting some harsh scientific truths.

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Change versus restoration: it’s a key question, maybe the key question, facing Democrats as they ready themselves to pick a nominee to challenge President Trump.

That question was on the minds of many voters in New Hampshire this weekend as they welcomed a half dozen candidates, including two who put that question in stark relief: the most experienced Democrat running, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the youngest Democrat in the race, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

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Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton plans to exit the Democratic presidential primary race on Friday, becoming the second 2020 candidate to drop out this week as the field narrows.

Moulton is set to announce the end of his campaign during remarks to the Democratic National Committee.

According to a copy of his speech obtained by The Associated Press, he'll say, "Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future."

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan Thursday that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency.

While the Vermont senator had already endorsed the sweeping Democratic proposal to combat climate change and had teamed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on climate legislation, Sanders' climate plan provides the most detail yet on how he envisions the climate change moonshot taking shape if he is elected president.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 23, 2019

Aug 22, 2019

We focus on environmental news on this edition of the Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup. We talk about climate issues on the 2020 campaign trail after the departure of Jay Inslee, and compare the climate plans offered by other Democratic candidates. Following protests at the statehouse over the Merrimack Station coal plant, we discuss the future of fossil fuel generators in the state. Plus, the latest environmental vetoes and bill signings from Governor Chris Sununu.  Annie Ropeik, NHPR's environment and energy reporter, is guest host.

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Andrew Yang, who may be best known for his "Freedom Dividend," describes himself as an entrepreneur, an optimist, and an "Asian man who likes math" — that last one being a standard campaign quip.

The Democratic presidential hopeful outlined his ideas in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and New Hampshire Public Radio. 

Josh Rogers | NHPR

While late summer can be a quiet time on the presidential primary campaign trail, many Democratic candidates face a crucial test in the coming days: either qualify for the next round of televised debates, or risk losing relevance. 

That urgency was on display as candidates made the rounds this weekend in New Hampshire.

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The scene outside the SNHU Arena in Manchester looked pretty much like every other Trump rally you’ve seen on TV: thousands of people in bright red hats, street vendors selling Trump gear.

But the difference was the line of people who wound around Elm Street - many wearing Red Sox shirts matched with their Make America Great Again hats.

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Supporters and opponents of President Trump descended upon downtown Manchester ahead of his campaign rally Thursday night at the SNHU Arena.

There was at least one arrest Thursday afternoon, when police officers asked protesters to disperse from the entrance to the arena property.

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Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano says his department won't bill President Trump's re-election campaign for any expenses associated with his visit Thursday.

 

The rally, to be held at the SNHU arena in downtown Manchester, is expected to draw over 11,000 people. The area around SNHU will be closed to traffic, and protests are also expected.

 

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the former law professor and consumer advocate from Cambridge, Mass., has long talked about fighting for progressive reform, everything from tax policy more supportive of the middle class to gun safety.

As she campaigned around Iowa, a sign on the side of her RV reads, "Honk if you want big structural change." It was a good start to a conversation with the NPR Politics Podcast, in a series partnership with Iowa Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio.  

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2020 presidential hopeful Tom Steyer made his first swing through the state since announcing his candidacy earlier this month. The billionaire from California met with members of the New Hampshire Young Democrats in Manchester on Tuesday, where he called for a gloves off approach to defeating Republicans.

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is urging New Hampshire voters to push presidential candidates on their policy platforms and campaign fundraising.

Speaking to a crowd of over 500 in a sweltering Derry middle school gym on Saturday, Warren urged voters to ask candidates how they’re running and funding their campaigns.

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Former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien is running for U.S. Senate.

He’ll face off with at least one other Republican candidate, retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, hoping to unseat Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.

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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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