2008 Candidates Swoop Into Grass-roots Politics State

Need more proof that the 2008 presidential campaign is in full swing? Just look at the number of candidates who are swooping into New Hampshire, site of the first-in-the-nation primary a year from now, on January 22, 2008.

Earlier this week, Democrat John Edwards drew a big crowd at a town hall meeting at Dartmouth College, and Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney got good receptions at separate events of their own. Next week, Democrats Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich are scheduled to barnstorm the state, and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected there soon.

"There is nothing like New Hampshire grass-roots politics, and it is clear from this week's upcoming events that Granite State presidential politics continue to thrive," says New Hampshire Democratic Party Executive Director Nick Clemons. "The process here is important because it requires candidates to travel from living room to living room, voter to voter, to answer the tough questions about the serious challenges our country faces."

By Kenneth T. Walsh