Once again, this event was held in the NCC gym. Since it was conducted on a Saturday, we just had to attend.
It appeared as though attendance was similar to that for Joe Biden, roughly 1,000 people. It was hard to know exactly because Pete had a much simpler configuration – a stage at the front and a small area for ADA folks. Every one else stood. I’ve got to say that we had a much better view than for the Biden event.
Mayor Pete was introduced by Alderman-At-Large Ben Clemons. To me, Pete started a bit rehearsed, but the more he got into it, the more impromptu and inspirational he became. In general, he comes across as very smart and very articulate. He covered many elements of his platform equally, not focusing on a handful like others.
His approach to questions was different than the others we’d attended. Rather than calling on people in the audience, his staff collected questions on slips of paper while folks were in line waiting for the doors to open and put them in a fishbowl to be picked at random by Alderman Clemons.
Like the others, he spoke for about 30 minutes and focused on questions for maybe another 15 minutes. After the formal event, like the others, he remained available for handshaking, selfies and the like.
We’re hoping to get a few more events in before the primary. Photos below.
There will be 33 Democratic candidates on the NH Primary ballot! Check for local candidate visits in the calendar!
Cory Booker was the 1st candidate to announce a Nashua office! 83 W. Pearl St.
Elizabeth Warren – 60 Main St.
Bernie Sanders – 77 Derry Rd – Hudson
Joe Biden – 142 N. Main St – Suite 510
Andrew Yang – 115 Main St
Pete Buttigieg – 37 Main St
Michael Bennet – Whiting Building – Main and Franklin Sts. – 5th Floor
The TOP 5 candidates based on a NH November poll:
1. Joe Biden (DE) – former Vice President – 20%
2. Elizabeth Warren – MA Senator – 16%
3. Pete Buttigieg – IN – Mayor of South Bend – 15%
4. Bernie Sanders -VT Senator – 14%
5. Tulsi Gabbard – HI – US Representative
And the rest ……
Cory Booker – NJ Senator
Amy Klobuchar – MN Senator
Andrew Yang – NY – Entrepreneur – Founder of Venture for America
John Delaney – MD – Former US Representative
Michael Bennet – CO Senator
Tom Steyer – CA – Entrepreneur
Deval Patrick – former MA Governor
Michael Bloomberg – former NYC Mayor and Entrepreneur
Eric Swalwell – CA – US Representative (July 2019)
John Hickenlooper – CO – former Governor (Aug 2019)
Seth Moulton – MA – US Representative (Aug 2019)
Jay Inslee – WA Governor (Aug 2019)
Kirsten Gillibrand – NY Senator (Aug 2019)
Mike Gravel – AK – former Senator (Sept 2019)
Bill De Blasio – NY – Mayor of New York City (Sept 2019)
Tim Ryan – OH – US Representative (Oct 2019)
Beto O’Rourke – TX – former US representative (Nov 2019)
Wayne Messam – FL – Mayor of Miramar (Nov 2019)
Kamala Harris – CA Senator (Dec 2019)
Joe Sestak – PA – former US Representative (Dec 2019)
Steve Bullock – MO Governor (Dec 2019)
Julian Castro – TX – Former HUD Secretary (Jan 2020)
Marianne Williamson – CA – Entrepreneur (Jan 2020)