Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - With national polls show a lot of Republicans not enthusiastic with the current make-up of presidential candidates and contenders, you wouldn't know it talking to some activists at the Hillsborough County Flag Day and picnic.
As they listened to candidates and party leaders and munched on hot dogs and hamburgers several voters called the field "very strong" and were happy with the potential choices they will have when they go to the polls next February.
"Personally I am very happy with the current field," Paul Bugholzer said but added "there is room for more."
"I think it is great. I think it is wide open. We have a lot of very interesting candidates to choose from," Joann Devine Donovan said.
Leading New Hampshire activist Ovide Lamontagne, who has hosted a number of the presidential hopefuls for house parties, told CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin he is seeing Republicans in New Hampshire getting more excited.
"They are becoming more and more encouraged," he said. "We have had a lot of exploring going on. But when you are exploring you are not running. You are not telling people why you are there. Why they should support you. You are not asking them to support you. Now people are. And now you are starting to crystallize the debate. But it has taken a long time to develop…and I am just pleased we are here. I think we have had sort of a malaise in the Republican party."
While most of the nation is hardly paying attention to primary politics, here in New Hampshire the candidates are already busy introducing themselves, meeting voters at house parties and events like the county picnic and wooing the key local activists who can make or break a campaign here in the first in the nation primary state.
Besides tonight's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader debate several of the candidates have made appearances here in the last week knowing retail politics-answering a wide variety of issue questions, making sure voters can get to know you– is key here.
Bob DeMaura was one of the picnic attendees was impressed with businessman and radio talk show host Herman Cain because of his plain spokeness.
Both he and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at the picnic and criticized President Obama over his handling of the economy. Several of the voters cited Pawlenty, who has one of the better organizations in the state, as one of the stronger candidates in the race.
"I think we can put together a very strong ticket a combination of a couple of these candidates," DeMaura said.
As polls nationally show Republicans' most important quality they are looking for in a candidate is someone who can beat the president next year, several of the activists at the picnic agreed.
"Perhaps our current president is well meaning, but I believe his agenda is going to ruin us – stopping his agenda and replacing it with someone who has a better grasp of how money actually works and letting the private sector run the economy rather than unelected bureaucrats- I would rate that as my highest priority," Burgholzer said.
When asked if there were any other candidates he was interested in possibly entering the race, John Caprio suggested Texas Governor Rick Perry who has recently said he is weighing whether to run for the nomination. Perry has a strong conservative following. "Mr. Perry has a lot of name recognition," he said. "He has dealt with the deficit and done well."
But Caprio had this warning for anyone still mulling a decision.
"Time is getting short. We need to start the winnowing process."
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