September 7th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
President's schedule – Friday, September 7, 2012
President Obama hits the campaign trail straight off his speech at the Democratic National Convention. He’ll make his first post-convention stop in Portsmouth, NH on Friday. The First Lady, Vice President and Dr. Biden will also be there. His first stop will be at the Strawbery Banke Museum where, according to the campaign, the they will, “discuss their plan to restore middle-class security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term, like education, energy, innovation, and infrastructure." He’ll continue his tour with a stop in Iowa on Friday evening at University of Iowa in Iowa City with another campaign event. The president will then head to Florida on the eve of his two-day bus tour through the battleground state.
August 18th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
Obama brings Medicare duel to Granite State
Windham, New Hampshire (CNN) – Following a week of dueling Medicare ads, President Barack Obama traveled to the swing state of New Hampshire Saturday to drive home the point that he and his Republican challengers have very different views on how to save the health care program.
"You'd think they'd avoid talking about Medicare given the fact that both of them have proposed to voucherize the Medicare system, but I guess they figure the best defense is to try to go on offense," he said.
June 25th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
Obama attacks critics head-on in New Hampshire
Durham, NH – President Barack Obama confronted his critics head-on during an address at Oyster River High School here on Monday, redirecting attack lines most often aimed at him and turning them against his opponents instead.
“This is going to be a close election, and from now until November the other side will spend more money then at any time in American history,” Obama said. “And almost all of it will be on ads that tell you the economy’s bad. It’s all Obama’s fault. He can’t fix it because he thinks government’s always the answer, because he doesn’t have the experience of making a lot of money in the private sector, and because he’s in over his head.”
Pointing specifically to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as one likely source of these kinds of attacks, Obama commended his opponents for their message discipline but derided them for their objectives.
June 25th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
Obama, Biden hit the fund-raising road
Durham, New Hampshire (CNN) – While political observers focused on the Supreme Court Monday in anticipation of news on the future of President Obama's health care reform legislation, both the president and Vice President Joe Biden prepared to hit the road to drum up some campaign cash.
The president embarks on a two-day trip where he's expected to raise more than $5 million for his reelection efforts, according to a campaign official. The trip starts with a rally at a high school in Durham, New Hampshire before taking the president to Boston in the evening for three fundraisers worth a total of more than $3 million.
The first fundraiser will be at Hamersley's Bistro where 25 people will each pay $40,000 to attend a roundtable with the president. This event will be closed to the media. Then Obama will head to Boston's Symphony Hall where 1,800 people will pay between $144 and $250 to hear the president deliver an on-camera campaign speech.
Finally, Obama heads to a private residence in Weston, Massachusetts where 100 people will pay $17,900 each for the chance to eat dinner with the president.
March 1st, 2012
06:08 PM ET
Obama on soaring gas prices: No silver bullet
Nashua, NH (CNN) - As gas prices climb to near $4 a gallon in some areas of the country, President Barack Obama Thursday warned there is "no silver bullet" to relieve the pain at the pump.
The president traveled to Nashua, New Hampshire, in the midst of a snowstorm, to lay out his administration's broad energy objectives. "[T]he key part of this strategy over the last three years has been to increase safe, responsible oil production here at home while also pursuing clean energy for the future. We don’t have to choose between one or the other, we've got to do both," Obama told the audience.
Highlighting his "all of the above" approach, President Obama pushed for Congress to take $4 billion in tax breaks from big oil companies. "[T]hese companies are making record profits right now - tens of billions of dollars a year,” said Mr. Obama. “Every time you go to the gas tank or fill up your gas tank, they’re making money."
January 11th, 2012
10:21 AM ET
Dan Lothian on primary day in NH
I've been covering New Hampshire primaries since 2004. It's a political process that puts the candidates up close with independent minded voters. They need more than one handshake and a chance meeting at the corner of Main Street to seal the deal.
But this time around voters were looking for much more and struggling to make a choice.
As we found out in the final hours on Tuesday some voters only made up their minds in the last week, the last day or the last minute.
In the end the "anything but Mitt Romney" candidate ended up being Mitt Romney himself. The polls that had him way out front moved very little once the final votes were casts.