Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romey's aides downplay expectations that he will do well in New Hampshire.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Call it "the Massachusetts factor."
Look on a car with a New Hampshire license plate, and there's a fairly good chance you will see a Boston Red Sox bumper sticker. The Boston newspapers are available at most newsstands and in many coffee shops.
And the Boston TV stations, especially in southern New Hampshire, are a big source of news and other programming - including political ads.
So perhaps it should be no surprise that when it comes to presidential politics, history suggests a Massachusetts factor.
– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
He was disliked for his conservatism, and he was liked for his conservatism. Unfortunately, Mass. is the second most liberal state behind Vermont, so the dislikes probably outweigh the likes. What most people don't remember is the state of the Commonwealth when he was elected. It was a state in desperate need. The fact that he was criticized on his social stance against gay marriage and abortion at least suggests that he was able to get the state back to a point where the disastrous economy wasn't at the forefront of the discussion...and given the Maoist house and senate, that is remarkable.
The power of the Media is coming to face off with the power of the constituency. The fact that the candidates that are packaged to appeal to Republicans are causing us to gag and throw up is not being appreciated. This sickening display of fear mongering and appealing to the lowest common denominator will not work this year. No matter how you dress up Mitt Romney he is will never be elected and the same is true of Rudy and McCain. Their ideas are just repackaged junk that won't work. We must return to following the constitution. Btw the democrats use an even lower common denominator. It time for some truth.
Romney said, washington is a mess and everybody in congress do the mess, then why is he trying to go to Washington and be a part of mess?
The fact that your (non)story is leaving out is all of those losers were Democrats. I think our New Hampshire neighbors will make a decision based on who the best candidate is.
It speaks volumes that Romney could even get elected in this oh so horribly progressive state, but with the exception being the usual liberal enclaves and handout loving areas, there are more good and honest conservative types that live here.