Historical Society Photos - Presidential Candidate Visit to Marlow 2007
Richardson acknowledge he faces an
uphill battle to the Democratic nomination, but said his campaign is building
momentum one voter at it time.
I'm an underdog," he told
voters, "I don't have the money that all of these other candidates have, I
don't have the celebrity status ... but this is how I'm campaigning:
grassroots, door-to-door, shaking hands," he said.
In his speech, Richardson focused on
the six core issues he said would shape his first six days as president: the
war in Iraq, energy independence, education, health care, the economy and a
new approach to America's role in the world.
withdrawing all American forces from Iraq within six months of starting his
term would be his first priority as president. He said he would replace
American forces with an all-Muslim peacekeeping force and would use America's
impending withdrawal as a way to pressure the warring factions within Iraq to
then turned from Iraq to energy, laying out what he called his "Apollo
program" to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.
have a major problem with our national energy policy: We don't have one,"
Richardson said. He said energy independence was both a moral imperative for
the nation, as well as in the strategic beat interest of the country.
Richardson also touched on other
issues education, health care and the economy before opening the floor to
questions from an audience that came well prepared.
response to a question on illegal immigration, Richardson said border patrols
need to beefed up, but that deportation of the estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants already in the country was unrealistic. Instead, he said the country
should enact a system of "earned legalization" similar to the
compromise bill that failed to emerge from the Senate last week.
end of Richardson's time at the podium, it seemed as though 238 years of
unasked questions came pouring out at once.
Blank, president of the Marlow Historical Society and one of the event
organizers, announced Richardson could take only one more question, but seeing
the number of outstretched arms remaining in the room, he instead offered to
field every question at once and then answer them face-to-face with voters.
members proceeded to rattle off questions - ranging from his views on combating
terrorism to how he would manage trade relations with China - not wanting to
miss what could be a historic opportunity to vet a presidential candidate in
the confines of their
those who attended the event said they were impressed with Richardson's message
Rock of Marlow, an undeclared voter who said he spent 28 years in the U.S.
Army, said he was "very impressed" with Richardson’s answer to his
question on how the candidate
protect gun owners' rights. Richardson said he supported the Second Amendment
but called for more background checks on, would-be gun buyers; Rock said he
would consider voting for the Democrat if he prioritized this issue.
A. Minard Sr., 80, of Alstead, a registered Democrat, said, he "got lost
in the crush" at previous events in the region, and enjoyed the informal
atmosphere of Richardson's stop at Jones Hall. He too, liked what he heard
seems quite genuine and not at all contrived. He seemed to have a lot of good
ideas. His speech rang true," he said.
Richardson, fresh off a television
appearance and dressed in a navy blue suit and red tie, had the crowd laughing
early, poking fun at Marlow's status as a town that is well off the beaten path.
told several people in New Hampshire that I was coming to Marlow; you know what
they said? 'Where?' "
addressing more than 100 voters who packed into the small, steamy hall
overlooking Tinshop Pond, Richardson hopped in his state police-led motorcade
for a private gathering in Keene.
there he headed to Stoddard, where he spoke outdoors at a rally hosted by the
Stoddard Democrats at Lakefalls Lodge.
Richardson battled mosquitoes in his speech at Lakefalls Lodge before an audience
that included Katrina Swett of Bow and Jay Buckey of Hanover, who are both
challenging Republcan Sen. John Sununu for his Senate seat. Both spoke at the
speech was largely the same - down even to the lines intended to draw laughter
- but he received a similarly positive reception from voters.
Cleveland, of Stoddard, a registered Democrat who said she volunteered for
Howard Dean in the 2004 primary, said she liked Richardson's
"experience" and "integrity." She said she was considering
joining the campaign as a volunteer after hearing Richardson speak.
Rep. Suzanne S. Butcher, D-Keene, said hasn't made up her mind who she will
support in the race, but said she was excited to see a primary field
"with so many good candidates."