NASHUA – Like many other Democratic incumbents in toss up states, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has been distancing herself from the unpopular occupant of the White House and welcoming the person they hope will be the next occupant.
While Barack Obama was nowhere to be found on the New Hampshire campaign trail this year, and while Shaheen said at least twice that Obama needed to stay in Washington to attend to the issues facing the nation, tomorrow she and Hillary Clinton, an old friend, will embrace and rally Democrats in the final weekend of this nip-and-tuck Senate race.
At the same time, former President Bill Clinton is in the state as well — at least his voice is. After visiting the state for a major New Hampshire Democratic Party fund-raiser on Oct. 16, Clinton this weekend is in a radio ad for Shaheen, saying that he knows Shaheen “and I know something about New Hampshire…Jeanne Shaheen is the real deal. She’s always been there for you.”
Hillary Clinton, who is fully expected to run for President, will be focusing on Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan – as well as Reps. Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter – when she appears before a crowd expected to be well into the hundreds at Nashua Community College mid-day Sunday.
It will be her first appearance in the state since 2008, when she won the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary after trailing Barack Obama by 9 percentage points in the week prior to the voting.
Poll after poll here has shown her far and away the favorite on the Democratic side in the soon-to-be-launched 2016 presidential primary campaign.
And while Obama is viewed favorably by about 40 percent of Granite Staters, and 00 percent of Democrat, Clinton is viewed favorably by 00 percent, according to recent poll by the UNH Survey Center.
The feeling is that nationally, it will be a Republican year, but it is unclear if this will be a “wave” election like 2010 for the GOP and 2012 for the Democrats.
Shaheen is trying to hold off the onslaught of Republican Scott Brown, who has pulled virtually even.
It’s all about getting out the vote. The Democrats have long had an effective GOTV program. Republicans say they’ve caught up.
Clinton was in Kentucky today and recently in Iowa. Her midterm campaign blitz has taken her to North Carolina and Colorado. She has also campaign for gubernatorial candidates in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts.
Republicans continue their get-out-the-vote push tomorrow with the third day of a bus tour that will begin in Jefferson and stop in Littleton, Plymouth, Windham, Nashua, Merrimack and Bedford, prior to a major rally at Wiggins Airways at the Manchester Airport. Senate candidate Scott Brown, candidate for governor Walt Havenstein and congressional candidates Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia will be on the bus and at the rally.