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N.H. Voters on the Democratic Race for the White House

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    (Published Monday, Aug. 3, 2015)

    Hours before voters get to hear from Republican presidential candidates, New Hampshire Democrats came out to make their message heard.

    "It sounds like the GOP candidates really haven't learned our state motto is, 'live free or die,'" said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

    Hours before 14 of the 17 Republican presidential candidates took the stage at ST. Anselm's College in the "Voters First" forum, Buckley attacked the Republican field for what he calls old, out-of-touch policies.

    "They have become a monolithic entity that are controlled by Koch Brothers or the Tea Party extremists," Buckley said. "They don't have a variety of interests, nobody supports health care, no one there is raising the minimum wage and on and on and on."

    Buckley says there's a lack of variety among candidates that's weakening the Republican party through this election.

    But political analyst Scott Spradling has a different take.

    "These people are not carbon copies, they have their own experiences, distinct and different beliefs over the major issues of the day, and how to resolve them," Spradling said. "Just like Baskin Robins did well with 31 flavors of ice cream, 17 candidates is a pretty good thing if you are a republican voter trying to figure out exactly who fits your beliefs best."

    Voters, who get the chance to hear from those republican candidates Monday night, will be hearing from the democratic frontrunner on television Tuesday.

    The first two ads of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will begin airing in New Hampshire and Iowa on Tuesday.

    Spradling says because she's the most well known candidate, Clinton's ad strategy is less about who she is and more about laying the groundwork for her campaign.

    "She still can define the tone of the race, what issues she's going to focus on, and how she is going to do that," Spradling said.

    Meanwhile, democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is still drawing huge crowds.

    No matter what side of the aisle you're on, voters agree it's encouraging to see so many people, especially young people, getting passionate about this election so early on.

    By Monday evening, still no word on whether or not Vice President Joe Biden will enter the race. 

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