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Several big name politicians were in NH this weekend to support various candidates including John McCain. (AP file photo)

Oct 26, 2014 9:20 PM

Big name politicians in NH to support local candidates


NEW HAMPSHIRE - Three big-name politicians were in the Granite State this weekend to support various candidates, as the countdown is on with just nine days away from the November 4 elections.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) was in town to back Shaheen for a day of events that started at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Warren knows Brown well, after unseating him in the U.S. Senate race two years ago in the Commonwealth.

"It did not cross my mind that after beating Scott Brown that what he would do is he would pack up his pickup truck and move to his vacation home in New Hampshire to become the candidate to try to run against Jeanne Shaheen," Warren said.

According to NH1 Political Director Paul Steinhauser, have support from big-name surrogates may not make the difference in an election but they do help candidates to get a little extra media attention.

Meanwhile, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) was by Sen. Brown's side in Portsmouth at a beer festival. Reporters asked Ayotte about Warren's connection to the Granite State.

"I don't think she represents New Hampshire values, she represents Massachusetts values, perhaps," Ayotte said. "But Senator Brown doesn't represent Massachusetts values?" a reporter pressed. "Well no, I think that Senator Warren is not someone who represents New Hampshire values. So, I'm proud to be here with Scott today," Ayotte said.

The issue of what state Sen. Brown calls home isn't a new one for him. Brown was asked on Saturday whether or not he would stay in New Hampshire, even if he loses the election.

"Of course I am staying here. With respect, that's kind of a silly question - I don't want to say otherwise," he said.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona was making stops with Walt Havenstein, a gubernatorial candidate, throughout the state on Sunday.

At the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, McCain even got to try one of the famous chicken fingers. But when it comes to backing Havenstein - McCain says he has a lot of friends in the state.

"Sometimes it helps for me to refer to them my belief in his ability to govern this wonderful state - his background, his experience...and frankly, it could use some more help," McCain said.

Governor Hassan will welcome Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at several field offices tomorrow.


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