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allowed for public use and pipelines have been considered, because of their common carriers, because they're transporting materials that are used widely from multiple sellers completed analogized to roads. they are in a great area to get a varies state-by-state i think we need to follow the law on the and make sure the law is probably respecting the property rights but also ensuring that we can develop our energy infrastructure at the same time. yes? [inaudible] >> it is a great question. listen, when it comes to any quality, inequality which both president obama and hillary clinton talk about constantly, has increased dramatically in the last seven years.
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you know, i have long said i think the single biggest one in all of politics is that republicans are the party of the rich or the truth is, the rich do just fine with big government. big business does great with big government. they have lobbyists and accountants and lawyers. naked in bed with big government. so, for example, the top 1%, the millionaires and billionaires the president demagogues all the time, today earn a higher share of our income in any year since 1928. income inequality has increased dramatically and the people who are the most of the most vulnerable, young people, hispanic, african-americans, single moms. what happens, six of the 10 wealthiest counties in america are in and around washington, d.c. actually meant that you may be surprised to hear, the press is often surprised, i agree with bernie sanders quite a bit when he diagnoses the problem.
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i agree with bernie sanders that the system is rigged and is rigged in favor of the washington corporate interests and its both parties back in bed with a special interest and make money. [applause] now, where i disagree with the burning is on his solution. if government is corrupt, i don't think it makes sense of a whole lot for government. [applause] and i think one of the reasons that so many people are uniting behind this campaign is they're looking for a candidate who has been willing to take on a bipartisan corruption of washington, take on not just the democrats but to take on leaders of my own party to stand up to both of them insight no, we are going to stand with the american people instead of continuing the cronyism, the corporate welfare, the handouts.
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how do we deal with inequality? number one weekend all the corporate welfare, although subsidies, although bailouts, all the mandates. [applause] but number two, we create an environment where small businesses are growing and advancing and this opportunity. for me i think about these issues from the perspective of my data. my dad was born and raised in cuba. as a teenager my father was imprisoned and tortured in cuba. when he fled to america, 1957, he was just 18 and did nothing. he couldn't speak english. had $100 in his underwear. he washed dishes making 50 cents an hour. he paid his way through school, went on to start a small business. today he is a pastor. now, if you look at my father, i try to think about on any given law how would it have impacted my dad when he was washing dishes. why did he get that first job
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washing dishes? well, he couldn't speak english and didn't have to speak english to wash dishes. you want people to take additional put it under hot water and scrub it. he could do that with any linkage. he got his next job. his next job was a cook. does a better job. that paid 80 cents an hour. he liked that better than being a dishwasher. from there he got hired at the university of texas as a teaching assistant teaching math to undergrads. then from there my dad got hired by ibm as a computer programmer and he went on ultimately to start his own small business. pakistan the ladder of opportunity. if you cut off the bottom row, take away that first job washing dishes, he never gets a second job growth or job or fourth job or fifth job. so, for example, obamacare one of the reasons i'm so passionately opposed is it is increasingly income inequality by hurting millions of people at the bottom. if my dad were still washing dishes today, the odds are very
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high he would've been fired or never hired. because it is those low income workers who business can't afford give obamacare. if you have been lucky enough to have a job, the odds are incredibly he would've had his hours forcibly reduced. because obamacare kicks in at 30 hours a week. you can't feed your kids, you can't pay your way through school on 28, 20 hours per week and so that's what i want to lift the burdens from washington on small businesses so that you see incredible job creation. about when the last time we did this was the 1980s under ronald reagan. one of the things we saw in that period is over eight years of media income for african-americans rose about $5000 a year during the reagan administration. you want to talk about lifting people who were facing challenges making it easier for them to achieve the american dream, when the economy is
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booming it helps the most vulnerable. right now the people who are most vulnerable are getting hurt if they don't have jobs and opportunity. that's the solution i believe in income inequality. [applause] >> i don't know if it works. congress is addicted to spending. would the balanced budget amendment help able to do to get that rolling? >> a terrific question. oath would help enormously. i'm a passionate support of both. on a balanced budget and i think we need a strong balanced budget amendment that mandates the balanced budget like most other states have the balanced budget amendment. i think it should also require a super majority in congress to raise taxes. i think it should also limit the growth of spending two percentage of gdp. on term limits it's interesting
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i used to support term limits and then i got to the senate. now i really support term limits. [applause] now, how do we make them happen? listen, i think we need two things. we need presidential leadership. as president i intend to push and push hard for both term limits and a balanced budget amendment. congress doesn't want to do either one. a kind of like spending money. want other things that astride it is there is a growing movement for a convention of the state under article v of the constitution. [applause] the framers put article v in the constitution to check on washington as a means for the people to rein in washington. my view is that movement will keep growing and growing and growing, and one of two things is going to happen. either congress will finally listen and send a balanced budget amendment and terms limit
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to the united states for ratification or we will see a convention of the states. one or the other will get it done. [applause] yes? >> hold on one second for the microphone because they can't hear you. [inaudible] >> terrific question. so listen, one of the problems we have right now is taxpayers send money to washington, and it goes into a black hole. you know, i talked before about the tenth amendment. the tenth amendment is a limits the authority of congress and keeps decision-making close to the people. i think come to talk about roads and bridges, there's no reason the federal government should be in the business of deciding what roads and bridges to build in the state of new hampshire.
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[applause] we ought to take that money, the transportation money, and block grant back to the states have other people of new hampshire to decide what roads and bridges need to be built. [applause] likewise on education, i believe we should abolish the federal department of education. [applause] and the reason is simple. sometimes people in the press when the abolish the department of education and they said well, you must not think education is very important. actually it's the opposite. education is too important for it to be governed by unelected bureaucrats in washington, decisions on education ought to be at the state level or even better, the local level where parents have direct input on what's being done for our kids.
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[applause] yes, ma'am. [inaudible] >> terrific. we've got four side is asking the research to cure cancer. this is a real passion of mine. i think that we are often penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to diseases. so i am the chairman of the science and space subcommittee of the senate congress committee. in that capacity several months ago i chaired a hearing bring in experts talking about cures for diseases. and in particular we focused on the for diseases that the greatest cost in terms of human mortality and dollar spent on treatment. they were cancer, heart disease, diabetes and alzheimer's. those for collectively have
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massive, massive costs. i believe we need to dramatically increase the research that goes into cures than trying to cure one, two, three, or even four of those big diseases. and doing so, if we could your even one we would literally save millions of lives and hundreds of billions or even trillions of medicare. alzheimer's alone is projected to cost over a trillion dollars in care. my grandmother died of alzheimer's. it is a horrible, horrible disease. and yet we are spending pennies on research and a trillion dollars on the back and on care for it doesn't make any sense be well to invest in the front end because if we didn't care if we save a trillion dollars. not to mention lives. [applause] there is another component of that. which is, one of the barriers to
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curing diseases is the regulatory processes in washington. that are incredibly slow and cumbersome. to get a new drug or medical device through the fda can take years, upwards of a billion dollars to get one drug to market. and what is meant against the people who sometimes have a life-threatening disease especially if it's a rare disease where they can't get treatment. there will be drugs that are approved all over the world and yet they are illegal here in the united states. they've got to get on a plane and fly to england or somewhere else to get covered. i've introduced legislation to dramatically accelerate fda approval. it provides that any drug or any medical device is approved in another major developed country, europe or asia, that the fda has 30 days to complete the approval process are also goes directly to congress. [applause]
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and i think accelerating the approval process will help dramatically terms of innovation. anyone who is sick and dying has the right to try an experimental medicine. it shouldn't be the federal government saying your life isn't important enough, we are going to block you from potentially lifesaving cures. [applause] all right, last question. the young man in the back. [inaudible] >> i don't know, is a mic on? i'm having trouble hearing. come on up front. [applause] >> how are you doing?
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>> i want to ask, in 1992 hillary clinton said she wasn't going to the white house debate cookies. why does she have so many waffles now? >> what's your name? hank? how old are you? nine. let's give a round of applause for hank. [applause] listen, hank, thank you for that question. my view on hillary clinton is, is i think that she is running on an agenda of ideas that don't work. she's running on an agenda from the past decade to look at the democratic party, it's like watching the tv sitcom that \70{l1}s{l0}\'70{l1}s{l0} show. it's recycling failed ideas. hey, maybe it's a good idea to socialize medicine. hey, maybe it's a good idea to
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jack up taxes to 90%. hey, maybe it's a good idea to completely diminish our military, ignoring these, overhead in the senate and retreat from the world. we know those are terrible ideas. we know those don't work. and so i think what hillary we make a very simple point that we know what works in this country. freedom works. you are nine. when i was nine years old, it was 1980, the year ronald reagan was running i remember after age standing by the television with my mom and dad watching ron reagan debate jimmy carter. i was kind of a weird kid. [laughter] but i got to tell you at age nine seeing ronald reagan, it was inspiring that you could stand for freedom and the constitution, that we could have a better america. back then when i was nine we are being told by jimmy carter, we are being told by the media this is the best america gets. we need to accept malaise and be happy with it.
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when reagan said, tomorrow can be a lot better. there can be more jobs, more freedom, more opportunity. and i believe that with all my heart. thank you. [applause] thank you. i want to thank everyone for being here. thank you for taking the time. and let me just close with the following. if you agree with me that the stakes have never been higher, that it's now or never, that we are standing at the edge of a cliff and if we keep going the same direction, we risk doing irreparable damage to the greatest country in history of the world. if you agree with me, that i want to ask everyone if you here to do three things. number one, join us. commit to come out on tuesday and vote with us. if we stand together we will win.
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[applause] number two, bring others. commit now to pick up the phone and call your mom. it's actually a good idea to call your mom anyway. call your sister or your son or your next-door neighbor or your business partner or your college roommate and say this election matters. it matters to me. it matters to me future. it matters to my kids and grandkids. i want to ask everyone here to vote for me 10 times. now look, we are not democrats. i'm not suggesting voter fraud, but if anyone here brings nine other people on tuesday night, you will have voted 10 times. you know, hank, you are not yet old enough to vote, but if you
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bring 10 of the people to vote on tuesday, you will have voted 10 times before you turned 18. [applause] and the third thing i want to ask of each of you is that you pray, that you commit today to lift this country up in prayer each and every day are now until election day. pakistan even just a minute a day thing father god, please continue this awakening, continued this. of revival. pull this country back from the abyss. i'll tell you a bit of history. that our friends in the mainstream media will never tell you. in january 1981 when ronald reagan took the oath of office, his left hand was resting on the second chronicles seven, 14.
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my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, and i will hear their prayers from heaven and will forgive their sin, and i will heal their land. [applause] we have done it before. we have faced these challenges before. we have faced the abyss before, and the american people came together and polled this country back. we have done it before. we have done it here in new hampshire, and if we stand together we can do it again and
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we can bring back that last best hope for mankind that is the united states of america. [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations]
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[inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> on this day before the new hampshire primary the hill is reporting, called is the man to watch. according to a new poll he owns a 21-point edge. the outspoken billionaire has the support of 34% in the granite state supporters. marco rubio is tied for second. jeb bush and governor kasich at
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10%. governor chris christie registered 5%. again without from the hill today. live road to the widest program on all three networks today. coming up in the top 25 is hillary clinton will hold a campaign event at nashua community college joined by former president bill clinton and daughter chelsea. coverage at noon eastern on c-span2. three life events coming up on c-span today. jeb bush as a campaign event in nashua live at noon eastern. 130. it's donald trump at the lions club on c-span. on the democratic side, senator bernie sanders holds a relic the university of new hampshire in their own. that's live at 6 p.m. eastern. on c-span3 john kasich campaigns. live coverage at 1 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. marco rubio at a campaign event in nashua commuter college.
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live coverage of the road to the white house or on the c-span networks. >> c-span's campaign 2016 take you on the road to the white house. >> thank you and god bless you. >> c-span brought you candidate speeches. >> thank you all very much. >> meet and greets, town halls, and live caucus coverage. this week c-span is on the ground in new hampshire following the candidates leading up to the first in the nation primary. live election coverage starts tuesday at 8 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> .com it's been 100 years of tradition. 100 years of close calls. and landslides. >> this is the first and it sure is the best.
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>> one hundred years of camping in the granite state door to door, down halls, backyard still living rooms. >> all of these are vital ingredients in the political process. >> this will be the first in the nation new hampshire. make no mistake. >> the primaries importance to the state is undeniable and to the nation, unparalleled. >> it's not good for the country for everything to be television ads or televised attacks. here you actually have to talk to people, look them in the eye. >> now more than ever the new hampshire primary is under attack. >> i have never been more worried about the early primary states than i am today. >> what has happened and what may happen, tonight on first in the nation, 100 years of tradition.
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>> thank you for joining us for our primary anniversary special to i'm josh mcelveen. for decades candidates have committed this act of states office in concord to officially get their names on the new hampshire primary ballot but despite the rich history and tradition, our hold on the primary is tenuous. perhaps more than it ever has been. let's take a look at some of the pressure we've seen over the years to change the system and the calendar. >> tonight we celebrate. tomorrow we go back to work. >> for a few months every four years new hampshire is the center of the political universe. on election night the ice of the world. >> john mccain wins the new hampshire primary. >> tonight we sure showed them what a combat looks like. >> without attention comes something else and it has grown right along with the primary if so. >> it's not surprising that there's maybe some jealousy or envy. >> welcome to the democratic headquarters. >> harry shoemaker cut his
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political jobs. he was there in 1991 when hillary clinton filed and he was there 24 years later when she filed her own paperwork in november. shoemaker seen firsthand the challenges the primaries and the state. >> almost every cycle conducted raise was one of our states decided they were going to try to move up on us make an argument that new hampshire is too small, too noisy, too white, too world. >> imbecile last fall the current governor demanded an apology from harry reid after the senior senator slammed the first in the nation primary. >> you go to new hampshire, to are not in the minority's there and nobody lives there. you go to iowa and the art of the people there, but again it's a place that does not demonstrate what america is all about. >> and 2011 it was the republican party in -- forcing
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new hampshire secretary of state new hampshire secretary of state bill gore different they primary date before christmas. ultimately, lead to an effective candidate boycott of nevada as jon huntsman was first in the field to pledge to adore the state entirely. >> if you're going to boycott nevada for their i think insane attempt to leapfrog in the primary process which is bad for the people of new hampshire, bad for american democracy, bad for the candidates, you ought to boycott the total speed of nevada wasn't the first day to try to both new hampshire. delaware tried to do it twice. >> new hampshire for 70 years has taken pride in the fact that he had been the nation's first primary. delaware wants to play a leading role in the process. >> a threat of a candidate boycott the was the difference which in 1996 included no clinton. it was wmur reporter the past a
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note to the governor telling him caliber had lost. >> i have some exciting news on the new hampshire primary front. >> he predicted candidates steve forbes and phil gramm would pay and join. >> exclude those of tried to change the primary dates for the primary process for the own personal reasons will not prevail. >> we are here to stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in new hampshire. >> new hampshire really stands a chance to get begin serving a very important role in american democracy by letting the candidates learn from us as well as we learn from the candidates. >> it was former state representative office in 1975 law that requires the new hampshire primary be held seven days before any other similar contest. for that reason secretary gardner says new hampshire will always be first. >> we go out of our way as voters, as residents come as
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members of the media to give them the opportunity to make the case in our living rooms, on our streets and in meeting rooms. >> when they come in hampshire they are different. >> i just placed a phone call to my friend john mccain. >> i want to congratulate secretary clinton on a hard -- a hard-fought victory here. >> not what some focus group says the concerns ought to be but what the real concerns here are on the ground. >> i am joined by two people who are very involved in capture politics. good to see guys. thanks for joining us. we talk about new hampshire primary and the challenges it faces. people say they'll guard or has this but that couldn't be further from the truth. how important it is in?
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>> when you think and you have to think of a few things. general john stark live free and die and then you think of financial primary. it is vital, so important we keep this. we've had a 100 years. what do we do when this goes away? unit every other state wants this i don't want it to leave. this is new hampshire. >> the last story we heard about people who criticize the diversity of new hampshire. that's an argument we've heard a lot. you have a pretty interesting counterpoint. >> i think you have to have that type of diversity that matters. it's political diversity. that's what people are selecting. they are begging you based on your political ideology. not a racial views on public policy but your political ideology. that's the type of diversity manager has. >> what i'm very nervous about with the primary now is the dnc, the rnc come in the national
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media. it seems they want to take the control away from us. we have to be real careful. i don't think the people in new hampshire realize how important this is if we lose it. >> this is a generational fight for new hampshire. at the next generation, younger voters engaged in the way you guys are? >> absolutely. i think they have to be because it picks up on what renée centered new hampshire is this. what we believe in freedom and opportunity. that's what's important. you can't get that type of vetting anyplace else. that's what folks at the national level whether it's a notch republican part our national democratic party want to take it out because you can't control the process in new hampshire. people have the freedom of speech. people practice their individual thoughts and they will challenge you. they will challenge in the way you will not be jumped anyplace else. that's scary for people who are used to be able to control
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messages. messages. >> state law that takes new hampshire will always be first at the question is will always matter? engagement is a key point you guys are trying to make. >> as far as voting for the people in new hampshire, we are one of the highest for the state in the country for our voting. >> turnout is important. thank you very much. >> here in the first of the nation granite state takes pride in leading presidential candidates and do in a way that no other group of people can offer. joining me now, adam sexton was one of the voters seem to understand the role of this process. >> there's tradition but at the core are the voters themselves steeped in a political culture of town meetings and driven by the belief government should be as close to the people as possible. >> the granite state is a great state. >> they've got to come here. >> the road to the white house begins on new hampshire's main streets, not why? why is it that a small but
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england state play such an outsized role in deciding who becomes president? we decided to ask the voters themselves. >> we argued within the nation and i enjoy the fact we bring up the questions, bring up the points that need to be discussed. >> they want more than just bumper stickers. they want access to the candidates. >> there's the jokes about if i have not met him three times compound i know i should vote for them? it gives you an insight into how the candidates act. >> activated phone calls and campaign ads are just a bowl. >> you need human contact. look into a persons eyes spirit is not always about what's on the media. if you go and see them in person, which is great we have that opportunity, then you can get to know more about them. >> the old ways survive like a good old-fashioned yankee ability to size people up. >> i like to get a feel for whether they are really genuine,
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whether they're passionate about what they're doing, and whether they are nice. >> not every granite state or is a fan of the primary. something the idea that new hampshire has a knack for spotting leadership is justice been. >> i'm not convinced we're so good at picking president get on the shoulders president get on the shoulders of different the public is related to tradition. >> sometimes it gets carried to extreme. >> true believers point to the nation of citizenship, the importance of a town meeting. >> i feel we are responsible for what goes on in our towns. >> voters are personal. they know their selecting. they know the trustees at the cemetery. we expect that look in my eyes and to me what you really mean. >> the results come an and electorate unimpressed by titles for political a claim, people quite willing to challenge those seeking to lead the free world.
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>> it's just the kind of the way we are. born and raised in small communities. you're not afraid to talk to your neighbor. you just kind of treat those same way. >> it gets rid of a lot of the wannabes, because i think new england people in general kind of see through a lot of the curtains that they have up. >> we are the first state always come to. a lot of the candidates go to individuals seeking to a one-to-one perspective of what they're doing instead of going to like a large auditorium. >> in a country plagued by voter apathy, to hampshire is an tirelessly engaged in well aware of the responsibility that comes with being first in the nation. >> i think it's a privilege. >> if you're not involve you can't complain about the resul results. >> from big rallies to enter that house parties, the granite state camping trip includes a variety of stops. we will show you the events that
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give voters unique access to candidates, plus there are few candidates have mastered the primary the way former president bill clinton and john mccain have. the qualities that made them so successful here. ♪ >> welcome back. campaign in new hampshire is about much more than just holding a few big rallies to candidates spend their time walking down main street talking one on one in eating at diners just like this one, the red arrow in manchester. here's wmur's adam sexton again. spin you are the candid and easiest way to meet people in the granite state is by simply
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walking down the street. if you get mobbed, that's a good sign. >> put the beans in there. >> style by rubio's country store but don't just want our plan to introduce yourself. jimmy carter did that in 1975, and the rest is history. >> he came up back at me and said good morning, i'm jimmy carter and am running for president of the trinity i turned round and look at it and i said jimmy who speak with you can pop in for some advice and a meet and greet any number of diners were presidential politics is always on the menu. >> that's where the politicians meet the real people. >> you will need to march in a parade and if that doesn't work you can try to make one of your own. be sure to stop by a classroom or a college campus, don't try too hard to impress us. that can very easily go wrong. >> next up, the houseparty. before you can shine on the national stage you've got to do it in somebody's living room.
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these days it's getting harder and harder to maintain an intimate setting. >> we have impact in almost hanging from the rafters but not quite. >> if you hold a council meeting be ready to listen. >> evangel it's time to go big or go home. bring her famous friends and an overflow crowd of granite stater's and hope they don't all change their mind in the voting booth. ♪ ♪ >> champions of financial crime and often go to the voters as its greatest asset. they take part in the town halls, but every cycle there's also a new generation of voters who learn firsthand what it's like to take part in the first in the nation primary. here's wmur jennifer von. >> they may have decades between them but voter dedication to the grassroots tradition of financial primary appears to be as timeless as ever.
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>> has developed into something special, unique and i'm excited to be in this state. >> i can say i got to meet with the president of the united states. one of these people are going to be president and that is overwhelming. >> leonard and caroline have lived through many primaries. they often sit in on our candidate café series and use of that unique one-on-one time to really feel someone out. >> this is the only way you get the chance to get a candidate more than once to know whether they're changing their mind or whether it's a canned speech or from what they really believe in. >> some of the state's newest primary voters are moving up processes work and how it's changed. >> what the questions questions we ask is does online politicking get more people to take part? >> inside the new hampshire primary class a discussion on how candidates reach voters. on februar february many of thee
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students will take a classroom experience straight to the voting booth. >> it's exciting, kind of like a next step in life and opportunity to have my voice be heard. >> years after getting her first taste of the new hampshire primary process, priscilla mills now sees the election to the eyes of a small business owner. her vote will be earned by the candidate who can best cover the needs of her current lifestyle. >> you change the person so you're voting for change is welcome the thing. so that's how it is for me every time. i'm going through something different or like this starting a business. economic outlook is different. >> coming up, combined, these veteran journalists have covered nearly two dozen new hampshire primaries and hundreds of candidates. the changes they've noticed in the first in the nation state. and getting the most about doesn't always guarantee that a candidate is considered the
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primary winner. the election night victories that are not remembered that way. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> through the gears presidential candidates come and go but one of the constants in new hampshire are the journalists who may persist and engaged. >> if you want a snapshot of the new hampshire primary, just look through the lens of the associate profess to the associate press photographer jim goal. >> this next 11. i started with ronald reagan, howard baker, george bush.
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>> he has a photographic memory. he picked up the camera at 14 that childhood dream to be published in "life" magazine. he's done that three times. now he's focused on this primary. known for capturing the extraordinary moment out on the campaign trail. jeb bush stretching for a campaign event or chris christie staring down a bowl. >> one thing i was trying to do is come up with something that is more new hampshire primary than not. life great shots of all of them? no, not yet. >> cover just about as well as one for the last 30 something years, 35 years. >> wmur political reporter is considered the most experienced political writer in this state. he's moving into double-digit primary territory in this will be his 10th.
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>> george mcgovern, ted kennedy. >> onto the democratic convention. >> so many memories of a candidate. >> he's noticing more of the national press presence and a technology be speeding up the political press. >> it's so much different now because of social media, because of the internet, because of constant deadlines. there's no deadline and yet everything is a deadline. >> i think new hampshire has been a very interesting phenomenon to watch over the decades. >> cokie roberts with abc news has covered her sheer primaries and sees a trend in recent cycles. >> the open day should come up and it was a lone candidate wandering into coffee shops and talking to individual voters. now i tends to be a huge staff and board of cameras -- hordes of cameras. >> on the hunt for that perfect primary moment. >> i've never been more worried about the early primary state
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and today. >> coming up, the threat to new hampshire's first in the nation status. the plans have been pitched and the effect they might have on the way candidates campaign. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> one hundred years after ballots were cast in new hampshire's first presidential primary, the tradition is under fire again. despite recognition of its importance to many. >> i like new hampshire just for that reason. you have to look people in the eye, listen to their story. >> and now the duty to protect it is being passed on from the former guardians. >> you have to work at it. if you don't work at it you are going to lose. lose. >> to new protectors of the primary.
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>> elections about the voters in new hampshire brings that front and center and that's what it's important we continue this. >> continue with something that made new hampshire so special as we now continue with first in the nation 100 years of tradition. >> welcome back to first in the nation 100 years of tradition. on josh mcelveen. for the past half hour we've been talking a lot about how important the new hampshire primary is and has been to the granite state, who's been involved over the years and now it's also under attack. more now one would think the whole thing became regionalized or morphed into a one size fits all national election and why so many people here are so dedicated to defending it. >> i don't mean to denigrate new hampshire or iowa but they shouldn't be the ones choosing who will be president. >> we know how harry reid feels but by the testament of the candidates themselves we also know there is very real concern the new hampshire primary is
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under direct threat. >> i've never been more worried about the early primary states that i am today. >> there are voices in washington are arguing for getting would have new hampshire's first in the nation status. i think that is absolute lunacy. >> the voices are real and they are getting louder. >> the outgoing chairman of the republican national committee caused a stir when he said he was open to the idea of regional primaries. one idea brings -- breaks the country into quarters. the order would rotate with each election cycle. no matter who started it is, they would be a lot of ground to cover and many believe it would completely change the complexity of the presidential race. >> i may not have $1 billion in my pocket. >> when the our national or regional primaries, the big money in politics shines, not the individual voter like takes place in new hampshire. so national parties who want to retain that power much rather have that power rest with them
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and with a big many people in politics and with the television advertising and with the candidates that are picked by the establishment. .. obviously no one has been
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sworn in after winning the new hampshire primary and this shows the primary winner is no lot for the white house. >> you helped remind everyone that politic isn't a game. >> new hampshire re prepares canadas to for the rest of the country -- candidates. >> you made it clear at this moment in this election something is happening in america. >> there is no state like new hampshire. the people of new hampshire are educated and understand the importance of their vote. to have any
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a tremendous job threatening other states and doing an
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amazing job. the party woke up to the fact they have the right to control the nominating process. the threat is real. they could say any state that holds a primary outside of the calendar and any candidate putting their name on the ballot has the right to be there. if you don't have new hampshire, iowa, and south carolina of the 16 that filled four could have ran. >> and there is philosophical differences on the parties but when it comes to this topic in new hampshire how important is it people are in lock-step? >> i always tell people when i first became party chair years ago, you, greg, who was one of
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the protectors of the primaries, came by my office and said the most important job is to keep the new hampshire primary first. that is coming from a former republican governor. he made it clear that is important and does cross party lines. we need to work together as best as we can to keep new hampshire first in the nation and again to remind people we are not trying to pick a president, we are not trying to be controlling. we are trying to make a level playing field so that all sorts of candidates can come into our state and present themselves and their position to the people of new hampshire. at the national party level we have national committees we have to deal with and convince them not to do something that would get in the way of new hampshire getting the first in the nation primary. on the democratic side, i know going back about ten years ago we had real threats toward new hampshire. people were saying new hampshire wasn't diverse enough.
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what the democratic national committee ended up doing was taking four states and having them go early. iowa, new hampshire, nevada and south carolina to provide the diversity needed >> and how important is it new hampshire, iowa, south carolina and nevada are in lock-step? it is not just new hampshire and iowa. >> on the republican side it is three of those that count a lot. we accommodated the democratic party at harry reid's insistence. they are cousins and we have to make our fight for the long fight that cull minates at the convention. >> thank you for having us.
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>> they are remembered as two of the most successful candidates in the new hampshire primary. a look at what set apart the campaigns of john mccain and bill clinton. >> few winners from new hampshire have their names etched in stone but on election day they don't always have the most vote. let's talk about the burden coming with expectations. >> expectations are a big part of the primary. in 1992, bill clinton was in single-digits in the polling and finished second and that is better than expected. he came down on primary night
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proclaiming him as the comeback kid and many people feel he was the one that won the primary because he beat expectations. >> for more than half of the hundred year history the new hampshire primary has been narrowing the field. some move on after strong showings and those who und underperform head home. what is a winner in new hampshire? david hancock has been involved in six new hampshire campaigns and said getting the most votes doesn't mean you won. >> it is about perception. campaigns try to manipulate those numbers >> a former primary chairman started in 1972 and witnessed
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this first hand. >> mcgovern was told he should go down and accept the winning nomination >> mcgovern did go on to win the nomination. >> 20 years later i decided clinton should do the same. >> whatever happens today i will never forget new hampshire. >> i contacted and harassed them with the suggestion that clinton come down and claim the same thing at five minutes past 8:00 so it would go live. >> many people remember clinton as the winner today. drama was playing out on the republican side and carnegie was in the middle of it. >> george bush lost the primary
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by beating bucannon by 15% and more damaging were the exit polls some showing bush barely with the lead and others showing buchanan ahead. >> on election day, when the votes were counted bush won. >> but the damage had been done. >> it was like a big upset. they were writing what a setback this was for bush. >> it brought back memories of 1978 when carter eliminated the hopes of johnson loosing 50-42 percent. >> i can there is tension between campaigns and the political media is because you won but not big enough and therefore you loss >> twcandidates who helped shap
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the new hampshire primary lately are bill clinton and john mccain. >> they came from different parties but uniting the two over the focus on new hampshire voters and what matters most to them. >> the unthinkable had finally happened. >> paul was devastated. >> nowhere is the situation worse than in new hampshire. the question isn't when will things start getting better but when will they get worse. >> the coffee shop is offering out of work workers to recession special. >> i have over 150 resumes and i will not answer this >> they say one thing. it is like watch my lips >> i think bush just woke up too late and i am afraid it will hurt him and that is all right with me. >> like john kennedy did in
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1960, bill clinton used new hampshire city hall as the place to kick off his campaign. he reclaimed the american dream campaign theme to the streets >> i have been governor through 11 years in a state that has been through everything good and bad that happened in this country. i think i know what it takes to restore the middle class. >> he never turned away from a person who wanted to shake his hand. >> i was happy when we went to the polls and i was young and naive and the national advisory said this isn't a good thing being first place in the polls. >> yes, i was bill clinton's lover for 12 years. >> have you had an extra marital affair, governor? >> if i had i would not tell you. >> clinton talked about the letter he wrote in 1969. >> he signed a contract and
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didn't honor it. >> it was a very difficult time. culminating during the new hampshire primaries. >> i will give you this election back and if you give it to me i will not be like bush and forever forget who gave me a second chance. i will be there till the last dog dies >> we didn't have to be first. we just needed to be in the hunt. >> while the evening is young and we don't know yet what the final tally will be i think we know enough to say with some certainty that new hampshire tonight is -- has -- made bill clinton the comeback kid. >> this is our candidate and we were going to stick with him. >> the dog die story goes two ways. we stayed with him.
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>> nothing could compare to the 1999-2000 john mccain presidential campaign. mccain's name is not well known. >> he believes there is lots of time and the pool of available activist is deep. those who know him describe mccain as a man of integrity who may not lead the pack now but could. >> mccain was about 2% in the polls and governor bush had had just swept the table with all of the republican activist and most elected officials. >> we knew the place we could go to have citrus is new hampshire >> we got good crowds at the vfw. >> i run for president of the united states because i want to return the government back to who it belongs: the people. >> his signature event was the town hall meeting. town hall meetings boosted john
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mccain from nowhere to being neck-and-neck with bush in new hampshire. >> in new hampshire, we are different. we say character is important. you have it and we want you. [applause] >> it was poplar with 75% favorable and single-digit 7-8 unfavorable which is -- i have never seen anything like it. you don't get something that close. >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you and god bless. welcome to our 115th town hall meeting here in new hampshire.
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>> i was involved in this. >> we started at 3% last july. governor bush was at 61%. but people are going to look at us, and look at me, and hear the message and win or lose the rest of the campaign, they made us a miracle here in new hampshire. >> there were low points in 1990-2000. it was such a gradual increase of moving up 3-5 percent each month to the point where he finished at 49%. in 2007 and 2008 there were constant up and downs >> senator mccain won the 2007 new hampshire primary but had i said that was before 9/11, before the war, and before he endorsed the president's controversial plans. >> he had a huge staff, more money, and it was like running
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like he was had incumbent. >> he got so far off from the candidates. >> we laid off over 300 staff. >> it took him almost hitting rock bottom, his credit, his idea, john mccain's idea of going back to basic and stop campaigning everywhere else except new hampshire and bring the case there there and make the case for the surge in iraq. >> arriving a few minutes late from a flight on detroit senator mccain almost blended in with the other passengers >> he would not quit. >> three or four town hall meetings a day which is exhausting. >> i wasn't sure if it would be effective or not during the tour. but it worked.
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>> i am passed the age where i can claim the word kid no matter what adjective proceeds it. but tonight we sure showed them what a comeback looks like. >> this is something we like to think about in the primaries. >> i tell him he is my president and people in new hampshire feel that way. >> new hampshire voters have been shaping presidential politics for 100 years. >> we went for the gold and we won it. next, a look back at the iconic moments from the last century of the new hampshire primaries.
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>> finally the new hampshire primary has evolved from the early days. there have been moments that changed the course of campaigns and elections over the years and as a result the history of presidential politics. we leave you tonight with some of those moments. >> it was never planned to be this way. we got it by default. >> new hampshire with eisenhower as a presidential candidate is an arena for the most contested election in history. >> the ballots just contained the names of those who wanted to be delegates for the first 50 years and next to the name it would include those favorable too. >> as we saw today, i believe: >> the role of the primary is to let the people decide.
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there was an effort to democritize the process of selecting the president. >> i remember when we could not find a microphone. >> attacking me and attacking my wife has proved to be a gutless cowered. >> when more and more people got tv more people learned about the new hampshire presidential primary. >> i paid for this microphone now. >> new hampshire voters are thinkers and independent and make up their own minds and they are all so smart. >> any time you want to -- the three of you are trying. keep it up. >> you have to be able to answer
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an unsafe question in an unsafe place with a real answer. >> i have so many opportunities from this country. i just don't want to see us fall ba backwards. >> new hampshire's role is provide the broadest opportunity for the candidates >> major new commitment to support environmental restoration. >> it is the sacred duty of the united states of america to defend freedom. >> i cannot thank you enough for the dedication, love, and concern you have shown for us. we are on our way because of you. >> we are different than the other campaigns. i stand alone among all candidates for president. >> i want to be the president to remind you of the guy that you work with not the guy that laid you off. >> this state is going to play a huge and prominent role in nominating the president of the united states because it always has. >> in the end our future is tied
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to people. >> god bless you, new hampshire. >> and we are live in manchester, new hampshire at a hillary clinton get out the vote rally. former president bill clinton and daughter chelsea are expected to join her at manchester community college. this is live coverage on c-span2. the latest according to a university of massachusetts level pole senator bernie sanders leads the former first lady and secretary of state 56-40 percent ahead of tomorrow's primary. hillary clinton expected in just a moment. i will remind you about the political coverage we have later today. we will bring you live coverage of iowa governor john kasich event taking place at blake's ice cream here. and mark rubio will be live at
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6:30 eastern. and jeb bush live at the national country club live later -- ♪
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♪ ♪ >> again, we are live at manchester community college in manchester, new hampshire awaiting a rally with democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton. she is expected to be joined by former president bill clinton and their daughter chelsea. while we wait for this to get underway, we asked students from st. ann college in manchester who they support for the
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presidency and why. >> joined by students here to talk about campaign 2016. you are? >> faith. a junior politics major. >> and polly. a senior and president of the college democrats. >> and? >> brian and a senior in biology. >> what is most important for you? >> a candidate that will lift up the middle class. implementing semi-socialist policies is one thing we can do to fix that. >> the top of your list? >> the top of my list i would have to say it is hard to chose one topic but i would say justice reform in the criminal system. >> why so? >> i don't feel, but i know minorities, especially african-americans and latinos are treated differently. >> as a young woman of color the
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most important issue is income inequality, racial injustice and police brutality as it affects the african-american communities. >> we have two candidates. who do you like? >> bernie sanders. he is solid on issues and been an advocate for communities of color. so in this election i have to favor him. >> have you made a choice? >> i am an undecided voter. it is difficult because i feel blessed there are two candidates i appreciate and respect so much that are running for the democratic party. i enjoyed seeing hillary become more open and acceptable to voters over the past few months and respect her but i agree with a lot of senator sander's positions. >> how close are you to take making a choice? >> probably within a few days. >> how about you? >> i support bernie sanders. he has been consistent throughout this year and the
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senator sanders you have seen in the past is identical to now. he is not taking money from wall street, super pacs or billionaires. >> do you plan to be active in the campaign? >> absolutely. i will be busing any and all of my friend from campus to the place of polling. >> what about you? >> i have been very active. it is not a cut off point. i have been active since being a freshman here. >> and will you find yourself active? >> growing up in new hampshire it is hard not to be active. i will try to increase leading up to the primaries and general but it comes with being a citizen of the state and this process is paramount to being a new hampshire citizen. >> besides whoever gets in the white house, stay it is a democrat, what do you think that person should focus on the most? >> as a college student, college
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debt is important. i will be stuck with a lot of debt and i want a president focused on that and recognizing that young people are the future of the country and we should be invested in. >> and? >> criminal justice reform. >> and? >> we need someone who can close the income gap. >> students at st. ann college talking about campaign 2016. thank you for your time. >> at the new hampshire politics instituted -- institute joined by three republicans. joe alexander, why are you interested in politics? >> i have been interested in politics since my mom brought me in the booth to vote for mccain. >> what were you looking forward to in the primary? >> i am looking forward to how the voters will be.
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i am not from the area. i am from new york so it should be interesting since new york is a blue state and new hampshire can be purple and go either way. >> when you see the most important thing for you in this primary? >> retail politics. do politicians meet them and interview them myself. >> why is that most important? >> because the media plays a big role in politics and they can spin certain statements one way or the other. in new hampshire you get the special ability to see the cana candidates and make sure you are getting your own words. >> who do you like in this process? do you have a candidate? >> i don't. i like any of the three governors. i am a fan of the establishment moderate. >> do you have one singled out? >> i publically endorse chris
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christie and i am an intern on his campaign >> why christie over the others? >> the work he did in new jersey has been phenomenal. he is a great governor. i knew the effects of hurricane sandy first hand and if we had the work done in new york and long island we will be in better control. >> and you have? >> i like jeb bush and chris christie. >> why so? >> i have always liked bush because i think he is the best one to lead from day one and has the most experience to be the commander in chief. but i also do like chris christie because of his tell it as it is attitude. we will not change his view based on what we wants. >> if you have to tell somebody in so many words why you support
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republican candidates what would you say? >> we like freedom. we like liberty. we are against government regulation. i am very much in favor of having people empowered to make their own choices and i will like the republican party encourages that the mose most. >> same question? >> my parents raised me as a republican so i was sort of born into it. just the ideals that surround it. family values, yeah. >> and you? >> we had eight years of democrat and i am tired of it. >> three students at the new hampshire institute of politics. thank you for your time today. >> and we are back live in manchester, new hampshire this afternoon for a rally with hillary clinton. it is running a little behind scheduled to start at noon. former president bill clinton and their daughter will appear with her in manchester.
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it will be just a few minutes more. in the meantime, i look at ads running in the state >> i believe our children and gra grandchildren will be the most prosperous. i believe they will say we lived in uncertain times but like generations before us we rose up and confronted the challenge and because we did our children inherited the single greatest nation. >> especially if you are a non-politician which i am proud to say i am a non-politician. the journey has

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