On the Eve of Clinton's Visit to N.H.
GORHAM, N.H. -- After a three-hour drive north from Manchester, I arrived in New Hampshire's North Country tonight to find a memo from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign detailing the "why" behind her visit to the state this weekend.
Since Clinton hasn't set foot in New Hampshire in a decade, the location of her first event -- in Berlin (population, 10,331, according to the 2000 census) -- carries significant symbolism. Located in the far northeastern reaches of the state, Berlin is not a typical stop on a political swing through the state; it's far from the vote-rich areas of the state in and around Manchester, Nashua and Concord.
But, as she did during her Senate bid in 2000 by visiting Upstate New York frequently, Clinton chose Berlin to show New Hampshire voters she will go everywhere in the state to ask for votes. "Clinton's decision to start off in Berlin sends a strong message about the kind of campaign she's going to run in New Hampshire," reads the memo from her campaign. "Just as she will visit every corner of New Hampshire, she'll campaign in communities throughout the country."
In another N.H.-related development, Clinton told the Manchester Union Leader that she will campaign in the state's first-in-the-nation primary no matter what date it falls on -- a sentiment sure to win her kudos from politicians who have vowed to protect the Granite State's voting status no matter the consequences.
Tomorrow's town hall event begins at 9 a.m. ET. Look for updates throughout the day on The Fix.
And, before I sign off for the evening, here's The Fix's top three signs you are in New Hampshire:
1) Your rental car comes with a tool to brush snow and scrape ice.
2) "Moose Crossing" signs pop up every few miles.
3) It's 5 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
February 9, 2007; 10:38 PM ET
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