October 19th, 2007
10:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Dodd speaks candidly at New Hampshire filing

Dodd with Secretary of State William Gardner after filing for the New Hampshire Primary.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Greeted by "Firefighters for Dodd" and other campaign supporters, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd on Friday, became the first Democratic presidential candidate to file for the New Hampshire primary.

New Hampshire Secretary of State, William Gardner, was in attendance and handed him a pen to sign his name on the application. When Dodd realized the pen was dry, he replied, “No ink in here. Where’s the Republican!” Gardner advised Dodd to “use your own pen.”

At a press conference following the filing, Dodd explained why New Hampshire and Iowa are so important to his campaign.

“This is very good for the country,” Dodd said. “If New Hampshire and Iowa did not exist, I don’t think I could be at this table today, candidly. We ought to have a process that allows people of talent and ability and experience to run for the presidency without having to be multi-millionaires or have the access to multimillions here. That’s what would happen if you eliminate this process.”

Dodd is registering at around 1 percent in most polls.

Related video: Watch a clip of Sen. Dodd in New Hampshire on Friday

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Chris Dodd • New Hampshire
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ray, Rochester

    OMG!! Does this guy look satanic or what???!!!

    Nice photo Dodd...please stay away from playgrounds and schools.

    October 19, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. JBT, Los Angeles

    Why isn't there any coverage of the fact that Dodd is responsible for placing a hold on the FISA reauthorization vote?

    October 19, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Josh, Houston, TX

    Someone needs to tell this guy to stop saying "here". It's a verbal tick, and it grates on the nerves.

    October 19, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Sally

    Could they possible have found a worse picture of Mr Dodd?

    October 19, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. xtina chicago IL

    He's got a point about multi-millionaires being the most likely winners. Money makes this country run.

    But why can't we have a new campaign rule that candidates can only spend a set amt. on advertising – all of them allowed an equal amt. to raise and spend.

    October 20, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  6. Louis, St. Louis, MO

    OMG. Not against people's appearances, but he looked scary.

    October 20, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    He looks like a reticulated python about to strike and rap his coils around his next prey – the forked tongue is about to dart out and the Secretary of State is admiring Dodds long thick body slithering on the floor.


    Just some fun...

    October 20, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. Charles in Orem, Utah


    October 20, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Remember when Dodd was hiding the guy who they wanted to question for funneling money to the Clinton/Gore campaign in the 90's....yeah....me too....

    October 21, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Dodd is a Joke, Richmond, Va

    Could he look anymore evil in that picture?

    October 23, 2007 04:40 am at 4:40 am |