January 5th, 2008
12:01 PM ET
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Big New Hampshire crowds for Obama

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CNN’s Chris Welch reports that as many as 2,000 people crowded into a gym with a capacity of 1,550 to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama Saturday morning in Nashua, New Hampshire. Around 1,000 others were sent to a smaller, overflow gym on-site. (Photo credit: AP)

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  1. James Tanaka

    Someone said Obama bussed his fans to make it appear that he has many followers.

    If this is true, I'm reminded of the former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos who did this to fill up places whereever he spoke. The late dictator is also known to be a good speaker, an orator. Someone must have studied the latter's ingenuity.

    January 6, 2008 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  2. Ann Rogan

    Clinton is our only real chance for the White House. Obama is extrodinary and with a little toulege, he will be unstopable and perfect for our President. Unfortunately, at the moment even the Rebublicans want him, but listen carefully to why.
    He is the most beatable by the Republicans. Let us not forget what they did to their own much less someone from the other party.
    I believe he would be A FABULOUS Vice with a clear eye and goal of President.
    Hillary like her or not has the work ethic, experiance, exposure. She would also elevate woman to a world stage where many contemporaries have held positions of power.
    Just not yet for Barack.

    January 6, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  3. JUAN TELLO

    BARACK OBAMA
    IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE AFRO AMERICANS,
    BUT HE IS NO GOOD FOR THE LATIN-AMERICANS VOTERS,
    HE IS AGAINST THE AMNISTY?....
    LATIN AMERICANS AND INMMIGRANTS OF COUNTRIES OF OTHERS CONTINENTS ALSO WANT A "CHANGE " IN DESCRIMINATION TO 20 MILLIONS OF INMIGRANTS WITHOUT DOCUMENTS!

    January 6, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  4. JCTLOVE

    GOD SAYS !
    DON'T MIX POLITICS WITH RELIGION!
    COULD BE A FACTOR FOR CIVIL WARS!

    January 6, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  5. JCTLOVE

    HILLARY IS SMART ..IN ECONOMY..
    SHE SPENT LESS MONEY IN ADVERTISING IN IOWA...
    FIRST MISTAKE OF OMABA...
    HE WILL FINISH THE PRIMARIES IN DEBT...?

    January 6, 2008 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  6. Robert, Tulsa OK

    A lot of people here are saying Obama stands for change but has no plan...that it's empty rhetoric. But go to his website and read his plans on specific policies! Look at his voting record, look at his history in South Chicago working to improve the lives of people there. His speeches are to motivate and organize, not to have a point by point comparison on issues (which would bore the crap out of everyone.) "Change" is his buzzword because his policies go in a new direction from the status quo.

    I also think Edwards seems awfully comfortable in second place. He's playing the attack dog because he and Obama are playing "good cop/bad cop" with Senator Clinton. I predict an Obama/Edwards ticket as soon as Clinton is out of the race.

    January 6, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  7. Tlc

    "LATIN AMERICANS AND INMMIGRANTS OF COUNTRIES OF OTHERS CONTINENTS ALSO WANT A "CHANGE " IN DESCRIMINATION TO 20 MILLIONS OF INMIGRANTS WITHOUT DOCUMENTS!"

    With respect Jaun Tello, not allowing illegal immigrants to continue live in the U.S. illegally isn't discrimination so much as it is enforcing the law. Becoming a citizen involves not only rights but responsibilities. One of the primary responsibilities of every citizen and resident of the U.S. is to obey the law. I understand the difficulties illegal immigrants faced in their home countries but they have broken the law. As such, they should face the consequences of their actions.

    January 6, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. JAMES

    WHOM EVERY GETS ELECTED IN 08 NEEDED TO FOCUS ON REDUCING HEALTH COST AND GAS PRICES !!!!!!!!!!!
    I'VE HARDLY HEARD ANY OF THEM DISCUSS THE HIGH GAS PRICES.

    January 6, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. KIZITON

    Obviously, Obama seems to be the best candidate for People of United States of America. He seems to know and understand our expectations. In short, we will vote for him.......

    January 6, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. Louise

    John Edwards...... I thought he did a magnificiant job in the Saturday night debate, He over- shadowed the other candidates with compassion for what he truly believes in.

    The media helps to persuade voters by always talking about certain candidates. John Edwards never gets enough coverage as to what he's proposing, therefore most people aren't hearing everything he stands for, especially if their unable to watch the debates. So lets hear more about Edwards issues and proposals and see how just how fast he would climb in the polls!

    January 6, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. peggy

    Many years ago as a very young woman I watched a young man by the name of John F Kennedy give many speaches. He was always surrounded by throngs of young people who were captivated by the hope for a change in Washington. Many older politicans and lots of Republicans tried to scare people away from him because of his Catholic beliefs. I did not think I would ever be that inspired and feel that sense of hope for ANY candidate again. When Barack gave his speach at the Dec's primary convention after Kerry had been nominated ,it was as if JFK was reincarnated. I told all my friends, watch out for this man!!!!! As a white, female, senior citizen, Barack has given me hope for the future of our country and the future of my grandchildren. Would I love to see a woman president in our country before I die, yes, but not at the expense of voting just for gender when I know fully well that if Hillary's last name was Jones, she would not stand a chance. I loved Bill and I know he wants to see her win but I can not help but believe in my heart of hearts that should Barack take the Dem. nomination, Bill will be one of his most ardent supporters. YOU GO BARACK, ALL MY OLE LADY FRIENDS ARE PRAYING FOR YOU.

    January 6, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Leo Pappalardo

    If you want change vote for Hillary. I think she won the debate last ngiht for the DEMS

    January 6, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. CHANGE YES

    After almost eight years of poor planning, bad decisions, and no direction our country hungers for new blood and new ideas. The Middle class is suffering as Bush rewards the corporate world with a hands off policy that is basically stealing from the poor and rewarding the rich. If Republicans really want to keep the White House wouldn't they at least acknowledge some Americans are suffering financially due to rising fuel costs and stagnant wages? I really believe it's the wide separation most Americans feel between Main Street and Washington that is fueling this need for a big change in leadership. Obama and Edwards do represent not the establishment but new ideas and a new direction and honesty unlike the Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton. The Republicans have had eight years to make a difference and the Clintons have had their day in the sun and we all remember the animosity between the two parties when Bill Clinton was in office and we do not want to relive that history again.

    January 6, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. KIZITON

    Yes, we believe that nobody will stop Obama reaching our goals, the wishes of all american people. He seems to be a good listener of american people's concerns. May God help him be our President.....

    January 6, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. Roy

    Listen to yourselves PEOPLE!!!!! Who's real making comments? Do we really know who these people who are making these comments? What if there people who are asked from delegates campaign office to make hate comments?

    People listen to your heart and mind and not what you read here.

    Who ever wins, wins. But remember whoever you vote for and when that individual is in office, if he has a report card of a "C" or "D" then look at yourself for putting it in office.

    January 6, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Sherry

    Be for real. This country will NEVER elect a man of mixed race for president. The reason the independents are voting for him is to make sure a republican wins the presidency. Just like Obama is giving lip service to the idea of change so are all you white people when you say you will vote for him. Once you are alone in that booth you know you're not going to vote for someone that has even 1 fifth of black blood. After all that's what the constuition says. Wake Up. Hillary is the best we've got in either party.

    January 6, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. YUK

    no name – there are more republicans who will definitely vote democrat if Obama gets the nomination, so your vote will be more than made up for. Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. JAM

    "THE MORE YOU TRY TO 'CHANGE' SOMETING, THE MORE IT REMAINS THE SAME'. CHANGE CAUSES PERSISTENCY. THE CANDIDATE OF CHANGE? IT'S SOMETHING I DEPLORE AND ACUTUALLY HAVE A LARGE CAN OF THE STUFF THAT I NEED TO GET RID OF BY TAKING THE CHANGE TO A 'CHANGE MACHINE' TO CHANGE INTO DOLLAR BILLS. AWE – BUT IT'S ALL THE SAME STUFF. IT LOOKS DIFFERENT, BUT IT'S THE SAME THING.

    HILLIARY IS A PERSON OF EXPERIENCE, VISION AND ACTION AND HOPE THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE WISE TO PLACE SIDE BY SIDE AND MEASURE UP WHO IS TRULY UP FOR THE TASK? THERE IS SERIOUSLY WAY TOO MUCH AT STAKE. ONE OF THEM IS CLUELESS AND ON THE OTHERSIDE IS HILLIARY.

    STOP MESSING AROUND – THERE IS MUCH TO RESTORE AND TRANSFORM IN THE WORLD>

    THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: HILLARY RODAM CLINTON. LEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO A NEW VISION OF A COUNTRY WORKING FOR EVERYONE, LEAVING NO ONE OR ANYTHING OUT. A RENEWED BEACON OF HOPE AND FREEDOM FOR THE WORLD.

    January 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. jd

    Hillary Clinton lost my vote when she gave a welcome to America speech in front of all the illegal aliens during their march. She says nothing about outsourcing our jobs except that we need to work for "fair" trade policies. What would that be? When people who make a dollar an hour make the wages Americans need to live on? I dont think so. I dont see a lot of difference between Hillary Clinton and President Bush. Edward is the only one addressing these problems and he doesnt get fair press, and I do like Obama so far.

    January 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. AmericasYouth

    Hmmm. What are the chances of two people using ALL CAPS behind one another ? LOL.

    Barack Obama 2008.

    Get used to it.

    January 6, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Curtis

    CNN, Foxnews and MSNBC are all vessels of special intstrest spin, lies and propaganda and not to include sensationalistis reporting thats told by over the top reporters that yell and put their personal feelings in all of their stories. I strongly recommend all of you to watch The News Hour on PBS its unbias, straight to the point broadcasting.

    January 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. jewel

    IN respond to Wall and others. Ditto. listened to Obama last night ,He stood there and lied in the faces of the people in that gym, He was not raised by a single parent .He had his father then stepfather both muslum. think about this. He is way to programed.Beware of the charismatic man who wants to CHANGE the world. He wants to bring the western world to its knees...Wake up America.start listening and reading every thing you see or hear on him...

    January 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Curtis

    Juan Tello,

    Your statement is pure fodder, illegals are just that, illegals some where along the line a lot of latinos forget that. This country is not saying "hey we don't want any mexicans in our country" What the laws of this land state is you must do it through the system like the Irish, Italians, and more recently the Indians of India all do everyday. My wife is mexican american and she agrees. You think you should be awarded the same rights as someone who goes through the process correctly, if so thats very self serving of you. Many nationalites have died fighting for the very rights you all want handed to you. Not to include many come here and commit crimes and then run high tail it back to Mexico when its time to pay the piper. Get in line like everyone else is doing or has done. I'm black so if I can see that its not a race thing so should you. Your people and mine need to join functioning america, and stop using your race for you own personal short coming. Right is right and wrong is wrong.

    January 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Ardelia Burse

    I'm really tried of hearing about all of Hillary's experience. With all her 32 years of experience why on earth did she vote for the War in Iraq?

    January 6, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. nightmare in New York

    why is Bill Clinton telling us what he thinks we should do about illegal immagrants?

    How is it that Bill Clinton can tell us where Senator Clinton stands on all these issues but she cannot tell us?

    "Who is running for President him or her?

    Why can't Senator Clinton defend herself?

    It appears that Bill Clinton knows better than Senator Clinton what she would do as President!

    I haven't heard Senator Clinton speak on any of the things Bill Clinton is speaking of. Why is this?

    If he thinks Hillary is all that he claims she is then why did he cheat on her?
    GET THE PICTURE

    January 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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