Political Director, New Hampshire Institute of Politics
Senator Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd today in Manchester that was more female than male, more above-forty than below. Many of the people there identified themselves as Clinton turned Obama supporters.
"I've got a slogan. It's 'Jobs, Baby, Jobs," Clinton shouted to a cheering crowd.
Clinton asked the crowd to work as hard for the "Obama-Biden ticket", and for Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen, as they did for her. She focused also on the theme of Bush-Sununu-McCain economic policy.
"We've had eight years of a Democratic President and eight years of a Republican President," Clinton said, not referring to her husband by name, although she often did during the Primary campaign. Many of her lines were well received and familiar to the crowd.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," Clinton said. "The question is not who are you for, but who is for you?"
"We love you, Hillary," said former Governor Jeanne Shaheen. "We love you, Jeanne," yelled a supporter. Shaheen is in a fierce race against Senator John Sununu, a re-match of 2002. With Obama perceived by many voters in both parties as being ahead of McCain, Palin still has a core of support among older female voters who are Republicans or undeclared voters.
While Obama and Shaheen both appear to have strong support from Democratic female voters, Clinton has the potential to help not only Jeanne Shaheen, but to bring working class female voters who may be independents to the table for both Shaheen and Obama. With over 40% of New Hampshire voters registered undeclared, both races are still in flux.
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