On the stump

The presidential candidates, in their second full day of campaigning in New Hampshire after the Iowa caucuses, tailored their messages for the Granite State

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January 6, 2008

Hillary Clinton

Messages: Readiness to immediately tackle enormous challenges for next president, warning about untested candidates who promise unity.

In Penacook: "It's hard to remember how in 2000 [President Bush] said he would be a uniter, not a divider. He was going to bring people together and end partisanship, he was going to have people working together. That he didn't need a lot of experience because of his intuition, he understood people, he was going to go meet with world leaders, look into their eyes and their souls and solve our problems! Remember that?"


John Edwards

Messages: The real candidate of change.

In Lebanon: "It's great to give a good speech, but what matters is what's in here," pointing to his stomach. "You can tell the difference between someone who says this and believes it in his soul, as opposed to someone who says it because it's good politics."


Barack Obama

Messages: Riding momentum from Iowa win, uniting for change.

In Nashua: "In New Hampshire, in three days time, it is your turn to bring about change in America. In three days you can do what the cynics say can't be done...Our time for change has come."


Bill Richardson

Messages: Bringing troops home from Iraq, protecting civil liberties, transforming Washington, highlighting executive experience.

In Concord: "People want to be inspired. People want us to come together as a nation...But you can't change this country without experience. You've got to know how to do it."


Rudy Giuliani

Messages: Warning that Democrats will bring bad changes of higher taxes, pulling out of Iraq; highlighting national security credentials.

In Litchfield: "As mayor of New York, you get involved in foreign policy...Everyone's there; the United Nations is there."


Mike Huckabee

Messages: Empowering individuals at local level, avoiding big government.

In Londonderry: "Your state motto, 'Live Free or Die,' really exemplifies the very heart of America...I dream of the day when we are doing such an efficient and effective job of taking care of our families and our neighbors that the government can do what it does best - and that's protect us, not have to provide for us."


John McCain

Messages: Fighting Islamic extremism; controlling spending in Washington.

In Peterborough: "I will veto every single pork-barrel bill that comes across my desk. I will make them famous...I want to do the hard things."


Mitt Romney

Messages: Can harness voters' desire for change, can beat Democrat Barack Obama in a general election.

In Derry: "We've got to fix Washington. Sending back the same old people just in different chairs is not going to fix Washington. They've been saying they've been fighting and fighting and fighting for years, they have new ideas. But it's the same people. Their ideas have not worked. I will get that job done."


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