MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Campaigning by those who would be our next president has come down to the wire in New Hampshire which will hold the nation’s first primary on Tuesday.
CBS4’s David Sutta is in “The Granite State” and attended a Senator Marco Rubio event Monday morning to see his campaign’s final push. Rubio attended a town hall meeting at a defense contractor before moving on to a few meet and greet events.
One factor which could come into play for last minute campaigning, and the primary itself, is snow. New Hampshire is expecting up to four inches on the white stuff through midnight when the polls actually open at some locations.
Rubio, who took a beating during Saturday’s debate over memorized talking points, is the subject of a number of negative campaign ads in the state which also knock the senator for his lack of experience, accomplishments and the number of Senate votes he’s missed. The ads were taken out by Jeb Bush’s “Right To Rise” PAC.
On Monday, Rubio worked to flip the script, arguing that if he sounded repetitive, it was only because he was consistent.
“Voters across the country and especially here in New Hampshire got to hear me say repeatedly the truth: that Barack Obama is trying to redefine the role of government in our country and America’s role in the world,” Rubio said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”
But at a rally in the evening, protesters stormed his event.
“No record. No experience. No worries,” they yelled.
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Rubio wasn’t the only one attacked though.
Bush went after the Republican front runner Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump organizes his campaign around disparaging people as a sign of strength. It’s not strong to insult women. It’s not strong to castigate Hispanics. It’s not strong to ridicule the disabled,” he said.
It remains to be seen if Bush’s words will work against Trump.
Trump has ramped up his schedule in the state where he’s poised to clinch his first victory following a humbling second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
The Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders swerved in a new direction after a pair of prominent Clinton supporters railed against female voters who are backing Sanders despite the prospect of electing the first female president.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said over the weekend that there was “a special place in hell” for women who don’t help women, while writer and famed feminist Gloria Steinem suggested women backing Sanders were doing so to meet boys.
Sanders, cruising toward a likely first win in New Hampshire, seemed uneager to call more attention to the issue. Yet the dust-up spoke to the underlying concern among many Clinton backers that the former first lady isn’t securing the levels of support among women her campaign had anticipated considering the historic nature of her candidacy.
So far, the real winners are the voters.
One former Coconut Grove resident is taking advantage of the intimate campaigning.
“Florida’s not retail politics like it is here in New Hampshire. Here you can meet people face to face and shake their hand and asked him a question close up,” said voter David Stotler.
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