Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wrapped up their trip to New Hampshire today. Here’s a snapshot of some of the voices from the crowds in Concord, Manchester, and Merrimack.
Paula, an Irish immigrant:
"My family has been living here in New Hampshire for the past 11 years and we officially became citizens just a year ago. This will be the first presidential election that I will be able to vote in, and I'm proud to say that Barack Obama has my vote. My daughter has cystic fibrosis and the Affordable Care Act is really important to our family.
"Vice President Biden is just so charismatic. He's real. Listening to him speak and seeing him, it just felt like he was in my own living room. I thought it was really powerful the numbers and stats that he gave on the economy and taxes—it puts everything in perspective."
Katie from Merrimack:
“I worked in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor, and he's really changed his tune since then. He doesn't seem have any real convictions, and that worries me, especially since he seems to want to court the votes of the absolute most conservative people out there. We’re really looking forward to seeing Biden today, he seems like a pretty fun guy to hear.”
Nicole, on voting in her first election:
“I've always liked what the President and Vice President say about education, health care, and LGBT rights. They have prioritized some key issues that are close to my heart. To me, the only way to continue to make progress is with Obama as president.”
“Today was such a fantastic opportunity, not only because we are here being a part of this historic event (it's not often the Vice President comes to Merrimack). It also gives us a chance to feel a part of this campaign, to all get fired up together. The Vice President was great today—he speaks the truth and I was so glad to hear him talk about the facts, not just negativity that I hear coming out of Romney's campaign.”
“As a woman I feel like it's important to be here. I want to be here to show the Vice President and Dr. Biden just how much we appreciate the success of the Affordable Care Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. These policies aren't radical steps forward—women should have had equal pay many years ago, but finally we got a president who wasn't afraid to step up and commit to seeing these things through.”