New Hampshire’s four electoral votes took center stage today.
President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and state leaders rallied with voters in Concord just two days before the election.
Main Street was shut down for most of the day as thousands of people waited in line for a glimpse of the current and former presidents. According to the Obama campaign, about 17,000 people had said they would attend.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and Senator Jeanne Shaheen urged voters to reelect Mr. Obama on Tuesday.
Shaheen cited the President’s efforts to preserve women’s contraceptive and healthcare rights as reasons for another four years.
“We don’t need binders full of women in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen.
Governor Lynch focused on the importance of the state’s four electoral votes in determining the nation’s next Commander in Chief. He said,“New Hampshire elects presidents.”
Former President Clinton said GOP candidate Mitt Romney has focused his campaign on the inadequacies of the Obama administration. However, Clinton said voters should focus on what has been accomplished during the last four years rather than what has not.
“The question should be are we moving in the right direction, not when we could have been fully healed,” said Clinton.
Clinton said he supports President Obama for a second term because of his successes in foreign policy, bi-partisanship, women’s rights and healthcare.
“I strongly recommend that we reelect the next president of the United States, the current president of the United States, our president, Barack Obama,” said Clinton.
The crowd chanted “four more years” and waved campaign signs as President Obama walked on stage. Mr. Obama spoke briefly about his current term, but also spoke about his plans for the future which included innovations in education, technology and clean energy initiatives. Mr. Obama urged the crowd to make a final push for his campaign.
“If you’re willing to work with me, if you’re willing to stand with me, if you’re willing to knock on some doors with me, if you’re willing to make some phone calls with me, if you’re willing to turn out for me, we’ll win New Hampshire, we’ll win this election, we’ll finish what we started,” said Mr. Obama.