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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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 9, 2007; 10:38 PM ET
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Posted by: anonymous | February 12, 2007 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Stay warm Chris.
I have been on this blog several times advising that the way things are going points to fact that the nomination
for president for the parties will be done in a year from now.

It seems that Larry Sbado agrees with my thoughts. His latest,
advances the idea that the front loading of the states could make that happen on February 5 next year, or most likely by March the 5th 2008. I will repeat: the canidate with the most organization, money, and political common sense will preval. It will not hurt to have a spouse that was the best political canidate, and president in modern history.

I have my doubts, but I think this is HRC's to lose.

Posted by: james b | February 10, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Not sure why Stephen A thinks that Hillary will not get a warm reception in N.H. Maybe he didn't see the reception she got in Iowa 2 weeks ago - record crowds and she was greeted adoringly.

Posted by: CSH | February 10, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's ducking her Iraq vote again with a bunch of equivocations, denials and usual Carville tactics. We need a President with fresh answers and a lot less baggage. Fair or not, all of the past baggage will be pounded into us from now on. Whitewater, failed health care proposal, Bill's impeachment, Vince Foster etc. We need a discussion of issues with plausible solutions not a grandstanding former First Lady whose favorite personal pronoun is "I". You're a good Senator from New York State, but don't divide us any further. Go Home!

Posted by: Flatlander in Vermont | February 10, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Try breakfast at the Eastern Depot diner in Berlin if you want to get a feel for the locals.

Try the crepes.

Posted by: AG | February 10, 2007 8:20 AM | Report abuse

She oughta go all the way and put in some time in Dixville Notch and Hart's Location. If successful, it'd be a good way to lock up the (very) early lead when actual polling starts.

Posted by: Iva Norma Stitts | February 10, 2007 6:57 AM | Report abuse

You forgot...

4) The wind chill of 20 degrees below zero.

Have fun in NH, Chris!

I'm sure you'll get a warmer reception than Hillary will likely get, compared to you-know-Ob-who, anyway.

Posted by: Stephen A. | February 10, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

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