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Hillary Clinton Visit Kicks Off NH Media Frenzy



    Hillary Clinton Visit Kicks Off NH Media Frenzy

    The Democratic presidential candidate's visit to Keene marked the start of the city's campaign season. (Published Monday, April 20, 2015)

    A line of live trucks, secret service vehicles, bright lights and dozens of reporters - none of it comes as a surprise for residents in Keene, New Hampshire, where Hillary Clinton visited Monday.

    "Every four years, it happens in Keene," said Chris Callahan.

    "It is usually so quiet, and there is now a lot of buzz," said Lauren Weisberg.

    The small city is a popular stop for politicians on the campaign trail and Lindy's Diner has become a favorite spot for them to eat.

    "There are so many presidents on that picture and every single one of them has come here and became president," said server Linda Randlett as she showed necn photos of all the former presidents who have stopped in.

    Randlett calls Lindy's a good luck charm and says Clinton hasn't yet taken advantage of it.

    "I don't know why she hasn't stopped in," Randlett said. "Bill Clinton did."

    Randlett likes to meet the candidates face to face, but admits it's not always easy when they come to town.

    "It can get hairy," she said. "There are so many people, you can't move around, or order food, you can't get anything done."

    Local residents agree that it can be inconvenient at times.

    "It can block traffic," said Chris Callahan.

    But regardless of who you support residents say it's worth the hassle to have a presidential hopeful in their backyard.

    "It's exciting, it really is," Randlett said.

    Keene residents who've lived here for decades say, based on the excitement Monday, this is sure to a spirited campaign season and it's just starting to heat up now.

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