Dodd campaigns in Manchester.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Following an event at the University of New Hampshire, democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd went to a Manchester hotspot, the Puritan Backroom, for a meet and greet.
Dodd made the rounds, chatting up diners and staffers at nearly every table in the packed dimly lit room. While many customers asked for photographs with the Connecticut Senator, the question, ‘who is that?’ was heard repeatedly.
CNN overheard one customer explain, ‘he’s a Republican.’
Accompanying Dodd was Ted Kennedy Jr., son of longtime Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
He and his brother Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, are supporting Dodd’s presidential campaign.
“I have been a friend and a fan of Chris Dodd for many years, “Kennedy said. “He’s been one of my family’s closest friends. I believe in what he’s doing. I think he’s the most qualified candidate in the field today.”
Kennedy said that while Dodd might not win the “current popularity contest,” he has the best experience to lead the country.
He was asked who his father might endorse for president.
“My dad, you know, he’s got a lot of friends in this race with so many senators in the race. I don¹t know what his decision is,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said his father would campaign for the eventual Democratic nominee, no matter who it is.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla