Sanders, Rubio, Fiorina officially file for PrimaryBy GARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau
November 05. 2015 9:07PM
CONCORD — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of three major candidates and five overall to file for New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation presidential primary Thursday.
Sanders, 74, was joined in filing by one of the youngest candidates, Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, 44, of Florida, along with the only female Republican seeking the nomination, Carly Fiorina.
Supporters of all three lined the hallways of the State House leading to Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office chanting their names as they walked through the wave of signs bearing their names.
N.H. Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley accompanied Sanders and nodded when Sanders said Buckley considered him a Democrat. Sanders has been an independent, but caucuses with Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
“I am running as a Democrat obviously,” Sanders said. “I’m a Democrat now,” and added he would be running as a Democrat in future elections.
If someone challenges Sanders’ filing, it would be decided by the Ballot Law Commission, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 24.
“His filing looked like everybody else’s filing,” Gardner said of Sanders. “I have not received any documents or letters about that from anyone.”
Rubio first came to New Hampshire 20 years ago to work on the campaign of then-presidential candidate Bob Dole.
Starting the presidential selection process in small states like Iowa and New Hampshire “is the appropriate way to begin a campaign,” he said.
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said the voters of New Hampshire have not judged her by her pocketbook and instead have connected with her personally.
“That’s why I appreciate the people of New Hampshire,” she said. “All politics is personal. People make personal decisions based on what is going on in their lives.”
She said the media asks her about poll numbers and her campaign, while voters ask her about what is going on in their lives.
“There is a gulf,” Fiorina said.
There is no question that conservatives are subjected to a different standard, she said, and conservative women to an even different standard.
Sanders touted his populist message, speaking to reporters after he filed, saying: “We need a political revolution so that government helps all of us, not just the 1 percent. That is essentially what my campaign is about.”
Sanders then spoke to a large rally in front of the New Hampshire State House.
He called for free tuition to public colleges and universities, ending “institutional racism” and reforming the criminal justice system, and immigration reform to allow undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.
Also filing for President Thursday were Republican Tim Cook, of Brown’s Summit, N.C., and Democrat Keith Judd, of Midland, Texas.
Two GOP governors are scheduled to file for the presidential primary today, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
firstname.lastname@example.org; Union Leader reporter Dan Tuohy contributed to this article.