January 5th, 2008
12:01 PM ET
7 years ago

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. Kevin,FL

    PEOPLE DONT COUNT HILLARY OUT OF THIS GAME JUST YET REMEMBER SHES A CLINTON.. OBAMA MAY WIN ONE OR TWO STATES BUT CLINTON HAS THE MAJORITY OF THE STATES IN HER FAVOR.. FL ,CA, NV, TX, ETC . MOST OF THE SUPER TUESDAY STATES ARE IN HER FAVOR SO ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS HE WILL BE VICE PRESIDENT UNDER PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON.. JUST WATCH AND SEE .. IT TAKES A CLINTON TO CLEAN UP AFTER A BUSH

    January 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. K.H.

    "Why won't OBAMA display the American Flag?
    BY. B.D. Breathitt Co. Voice Newspaper.

    " Recently Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama unlike all the other Presidential candidates of both our major political parties, refused to pin the American Flag on his coat lapel. His refusal to wear and honor our flag has increased the anxiety many Americans have over his candidacy and placing him in charge of our national security as the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces."
    Our armed forces are sworn to protect the flag and have fought and died serving and carrying the flag since August 17, 1777, when troops under the command of John Stark fought the Battle of Bennington on the New York and Vermont border during the Revolutionary War. Our flad stands for the land, the people, the government and the ideals of the US as it is displayed all around the world. During the past four decades , the radical Muslims have been attacking Americans all around the world.
    WOULD IT BE WISE AT THIS DANGEROUS AND CRITICAL PERIOD IN OUR HISTORY TO ELECT SOMEONE WITH A MUSLIM BACKGROUND WHO REFUSES TO DISPLAY THE FLAG HE IS SWORN TO DEFEND?
    Obama's mother is an avowed atheist. His Father and stepfather are radical Muslims. His citizenship is only due to being born by his American mother.
    What would a President of the US with a Muslim background do in the event he was faced with the choice of defending the US or potentially finding a situation where it may be necessary to use a nuclear device on a Muslim country that was an imminent nuclear threat to our country? Could he make the choice of killing thousands of Muslims whom many may be relative through his father and stepfather? "
    Be careful who you vote in Democrats.

    January 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Basiir

    I like Oboma he is one who can take care of all American needed

    January 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Marko Dezdri, Portland, OR

    People!! You all need to wake up. If we want change, we need to win first. And Obama can't win. He won't win the national election. Obama is going to lose against any Republican candidate.

    I want to win in 2008. I'm sick and tired of Republicans. And I'm very afraid that a little bit of good feeling for this guy today might translate into another 4 years of Republicans in the White House.

    WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE !!!!

    HILLARY 2008! TO GET CHANGE, WE FIRST NEED TO WIN!

    January 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. art

    Wall above makes some great points – insetad of being inlfuenced by the media hype, we need to decide based on the merits of each candidate. Hillary and Edwards have their shortcomings, so does Obama. So, who has the best chance to become the president?

    Winning the nomination does not equal with winning the presidency. Obama cannot and will not be able to take the White House so we will have another republican, such as Huckabee, for four more years which might turn out to be better.

    January 5, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. joseph

    Hilary is good butObama has the real vision

    January 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. RuthieM

    Go Obama go!!!

    January 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Jeremy

    How stupid can Americans be? How do people like Bush and Obama with no real life achievements, but rhetoric, get elected?

    January 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Betty, Betty, Betty, I'm sorry that you are so misinformed about Obama. If he is one of the things that you suggest he is, this government would have exposed it already. Obama more than any other candidate has been investigated from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. Can any of us say our next door neighbors have been investigated and know that they are not terrorist, communist, muslins, drug traffickers, child predators, murders, etc., I can't. So, Betty, your fears of Obama are unfounded.

    January 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. David

    Rasmussen: Ron Paul Soars to 14% in NH
    Posted by Eric A. Garris at January 5, 2008 09:49 AM

    Today's Rasmussen poll puts Ron Paul at third place for 14%:

    McCain 31%
    Romney 26%
    Ron Paul 14%
    Huckabee 11%
    Giuliani 8%
    Thompson 5%

    January 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. dd

    If the paparantzee (Sp ?) would leave Britney alone – she might be ok.

    As with the presidential rallys, its obvious all the media is on the side of Obama. Actually, he is all talk.. and he is all about HIMSELF for the history books.

    January 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. stan pitts pa

    hillary loses in iowa and bad-mouths the state, is that the kind of person we want for president, i hope she shows a lil class when she loses in new hampshire again, i do hope the people of newhampshire, see her for who she really is as cold, calculating and divisive and not vote for her, like the iowans have shown us to do!

    January 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. California voter

    We need to LISTEN TO WHAT THE CANDIDATES SAY . . .we need to look beyond the words of change, hope, faith or whatever catchy phrases are used, and consider does this man or woman have what it takes to lead this country. Is he or she ready?
    Question them. Expect answers.

    Interesting comment about the buses following Obama around.

    January 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Bob in NH

    As I said above, I was in the smaller of the two gyms, which was mostly full, but did not appear to be overly full. There was a woman at the door counting heads as we came in, and she said (yes, I asked) that they had to be careful not to exceed capacity. With one of the entrances blocked off by the Secret Service, I can understand why. I don't know if people were turned away at the door, but at least 2,000 did get in to one room or the other.

    January 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Jimmy from colorado

    Hillary is unstoppable,lets no make mistake about that.Obama cant last long in this race Clinton machine is very powerful and am pretty sure if clintons loses New Hampshire there will be aired negative ads against obama which has never been imagined before.And one thing am certain Hillary would love to pick obama as her running mate,this will be a huge mistake for Obama if he accepts the offer.Obama still has a chance to fight for presidency 4 years or 8 years to come.But if he accepts running mate it will be a major blow in his political career because in election Hillary will be defeated by landslide by Huckaboom,automatically Obama will be withdrawn form future fight in democrats,where is Al Gore,Howard Dean,Dick Gerphart...even john edward.in democrat if you lose electon you wont have chance to fight again.It will be wise idea for Obama when he loses nomination to keep low profile and not support hillary stongly coz Hillary must win nomination and she must lose to Huckabee.

    January 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. DAVMON

    As an American I think we need to look at the new fresh man to be in the white house, I am so sick of the Bushes and the Clintons, like thee is no other better candidates the country can produce, we are tire of the old politician. No more Clintons and the Bushes American is a democratic nation and not a monachy, Obama has my vote.

    January 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Mike Denis

    Jennifer B January 5, 2008 1:20 pm ET

    He most likely bussed them in like he did here in iowa. At the Jefferson Jackson dinner he had Bussed in 4 buses from Chicago to make it looked like he had more peopel there. DO NOT TRUST OBAMA.

    I was there i live right up the road went to nashua high school north. THE PLACE WAS PACKED to an extent I have never before seen. They had to give out parking tickets because the cars were parked on the side of the main road (broad st.) to the high school. There were so many cars it took us 30 mins to get into the parking lot. Also I saw only 3 buses 2 from the press and one from his campaign. Check out the pictures from the event on Obama's website it was an amazing event. There people outside also who couldnt fit inside and no buses either cept the press.

    January 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. here

    I agreed with WAll, who made a great point.

    January 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. mitzy

    I am sick of hearing Hillary say she is the one to take on the Republicans. I want someone to work WITH the Republicans, not fight them tooth and nail. Believe me, the Clintons' time has come–and gone. Let's push for a fresh start, and if that fresh start rests on the shoulders of Barack Obama, then I will support him wholeheartedly.

    January 5, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Adam

    There are a lot of fake comments on this thread. Anyone really paying attention to the race and listening with an open mind should understand that most of the democrats are pretty much saying the same thing, with slightly different marketing spins. This one is for change, that one is for experience, that one is for the people, this one is for strong administrative credentials. But really, one's about as good as the other. Choose a white man with good hair, one with bad hair, awhite woman, or a black man. I flipped my coin and am going with the black man, because I think it would be good for the black community's spirit.

    They are all good. I'd be happy with Obama, Clinton, Edwards, or Kucinich winning the presidency. Compare their levels of professionalism and campassion with a Bush clone like Huckabee, and it's night and day.

    I was at the NH rally. There were three busses in the parking lot. Even if they were packed tight with fake supporters, and not gear, staff, or the candidate himself, that would account for a tiny tiny fraction of the people that were present in the crowd.

    He spoke well, as he always does. We would be blessed to call him our next president. Though, at this point, pretty much anyone would be a profound improvement.

    January 5, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Scott

    to betty above who said and i quote
    "A vote for obama is a vote for terror and commuism in america.Weare voting for the president of the United States of america not the Beta club.He is a muslin not a born American."

    Is that so? Are you trying to say that when Mr Obama got selected as a Senator, people voted for terror and communism? Or in other words you are saying that a terrorist and a communist is currently a member of the Senate?

    I am scottish and I dont like America because of racist people like you. You feel proud to project america like this? Shuv ur pride wher it belongs!

    January 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Robin

    It's as easy as ABC....Anybody But Clinton!

    January 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Obama……

    No experience at anything noteworthy

    Not really a flip flopper, has never made any tough decisions

    Talks a good game, but little else

    Advocates "Change" but short on specifics on what will change, and how

    Primary accomplishments are creating entitlements and raising taxes

    Appears to belong to a "blacks" only church

    He would never be courted by and major company as a CEO, but wants to be the CEO of the USA?

    Probably not

    January 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. mitzy

    Canadian Craig, I agree with you 100%! : )

    January 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Robin

    PS....Obama has got my vote.

    January 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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