palin1.jpgBy Kailani
Koenig-Muenster

October 15, 2008

New Hampshire is reclaiming its status as a
political hotspot. Even though the Granite State has only 4 electoral
votes, candidates in the race for the White House are flooding the
area. Wednesday Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin
visited 3 towns to drum up support for her ticket. 

“I know that we can count on the good people of
New Hampshire because you’re a lot like the good people of Alaska,”
she said in front of a crowd at Dover High School. “We all love good
moose hunting, I know that. And we both so enjoy our great lands, the
clean water, the fresh air, the abundant wildlife, and good fishing.
We love being outdoors, I know that that does New Hampshire also. And
we both take seriously your state’s motto, I think it should be our
state’s also, ‘Live Free Or Die.'” 
In her speech Palin focused on the
economy. She said she wanted to help families keep their homes by
working with lenders to get fixed-rate mortgages. She promised that
she and McCain would balance the federal budget by the end of their
term. To help do this, she said the first thing they’ll do when they
arrive in Washington would be re-writing the tax code. 
To chants of “Drill, baby, drill!” from
the audience, Palin described her plan for energy. She said that
expanding nuclear power could generate up to 700,000 American jobs,
and that by expanding coal resources, another 30,000 jobs could be
created. 
Palin’s primary talking point was clear:
elect her and John McCain. “Do what you did for him in the primary,”
she pleaded. “Help us send John McCain to the White House.” 
She was greeted by waves of applause.
People came to see her in droves, some traveling from neighboring
states to see her in person. Others were local high school students
who attended as part of a class. 
“It doesn’t matter who it is. I could see
Obama, I could see Palin, it doesn’t matter,” said Jacob Petlon,
Executive Officer of Dover High School’s ROTC. “You hear
about so much about these people on the news. It’s nice to just see
them in person.” 
The gymnasium reached maximum capacity. So
many people showed up that after the event was over, Palin spoke to an
overflow of spectators outside. 
But not everyone in Dover welcomed Palin
with open arms. Outside a group of local high school students staged a
protest. Although many of the protestors were not even old enough to
vote, they said they supported Obama and wanted the world to know that
young people prefer him. 
Some were so loud that Palin herself
responded to the jeers. “I don’t know what you’re saying, but if you
protest, that’s cool too. My son’s over in Iraq, fighting for your
opportunity to protest.” 
Palin had two more stops in New Hampshire
before heading to Maine. The current Real Clear Politics average in
the state puts Obama 10.4 percentage points over McCain.
Photo Credit: Kailani Koenig-Muenster, WEBN News.