Jul 17, 2015 1:01 PM
“Hillary is my home girl.”
That’s just one of the signs volunteers were holding - while chanting - near the steps of Dover’s City Hall hours before Hillary Clinton’s first town hall in New Hampshire.
But don’t bother asking them specifically what makes the Democratic presidential candidate their “home girl” because they won’t tell you—anything.
Volunteer: “There’s a press team upstairs, so we’re just holding our signs.”
Celine: “Can I talk to you about you guys?”
Volunteer: “There are other folks who are fielding some of our press questions.”
Celine: “These are not questions about Hillary. It’s about why you guys are volunteering.”
Volunteer: “Okay, yeah. Unfortunately we’re just out here waving our signs for today. And, we have a team upstairs that’s responding to requests.”
We expected that at the top, but a media shut out by the young volunteers? If this continues, there’s no chance we’re talking to Clinton.
A group of Republican students from the University of New Hampshire - gathered just feet away from the Clinton volunteers - say they’re not surprised by the no comments.
“They learned from the best!” they said.
“If you’re a vivid supporter, and you’re holding signs, and chanting her name, I feel like you should be motivated and passionate enough to talk to the press,” said Alex Fries, one of the UNH students.
People we interviewed about the presidential race said they want to know more about her.
Specifically - specifics.
“I think it’s important to know each candidate, not only as a politician, but also as a human being,” Ellen Cooke said.
“I want the harder side, not the softer,” said Melissa Davis, Cooke’s daughter. “I want to know her stances on stuff, because I know what Bernie Sanders says about certain issues, and I know that she’s just - a change? But less vague.”
The scene inside? Organized chaos.
Campaign workers, secret service agents, and hundreds of hopefuls waiting for their chance to nab one of the 300 seats set up inside.
A little after 2 p.m., an announcement was made: “Now introducing Hillary Clinton!”
In just under 90 minutes, Clinton answered 17 questions from the audience.
The topics ranged from corporate profit sharing, equal pay for women and increasing funding for medical research to protecting rights of the LGBT community, solving the student loan debt crisis and protecting the environment.
Discussion of the environment sparked some unexpected excitement.
In short, a woman in the audience confronted Clinton on her stance on climate change.
When a man sitting behind her tried to push her back into her chair, the woman defiantly started chanting, “Act on climate! Act on climate!”
The exchange didn’t last long, and no one was hurt or dragged out of the room.
The media waited anxiously to see if Clinton world come over and talk to the roped off reporters.
After about 45 minutes of waiting, Clinton emerged to answer a handful of questions.
Surprisingly, the only question that got her to crack a smile was when she was asked about a recent poll that shows only 3 out of 10 registered Democrats trust her.
“Well, I don’t like seeing that obviously, but I think people will know that I will fight for them,” Clinton said.
Since we have the first in the nation primary, you get to vote on her final answer.
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