Thank you, Iowa: We'll take it from here
For eight days every four years, the eyes of the political world focus on New Hampshire.
We’d like to welcome the hordes of reporters coming here to cover the first-in-the-nation primary.
You’d think an airline could make a killing flying nonstop from Des Moines to Manchester this morning.
We also welcome the wave of political tourists who spend the week hopping from rally to rally, soaking in our particular form of representative democracy. Granite Staters sometimes take for granted the attention lavished on us by those who would be President. We shouldn’t. It’s an honor and privilege.
We have no divine right to hold the first presidential primary. But since 1952, when candidate names were added to the ballot, New Hampshire has had a unique role; and the candidates and the country respect the care that New Hampshire voters take in selecting their choice for President.
Of course, our primary started long before today. We have always insisted that candidates work for our vote by going beyond the news conferences and televised rallies that dominate the general election. Most candidates this year spent more time listening than talking. This makes for better candidates, and better Presidents.
Contrary to the myths surrounding the primary, most people who go to the polls next week won’t have met the candidate they end up supporting. But they know that every candidate will have earned their votes.