June 5th, 2007
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Schneider witnesses 'New Hampshire hospitality'

CNN's Bill Schneider witnessed New Hampshire hospitality - and politics - up close Tuesday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - On the way to St. Anselm's College Tuesday morning, the site of tonight's GOP presidential debate, a car full of CNN staff stopped at the Manchester 7-11 so I could buy a New York Times (two new books about Hillary Clinton are reviewed today).

The 7-11 clerk informed me that the store had just sold its last copy, whereupon a gentleman turned around, greeted me and said, "Here, take mine."

The gentleman, whom I recognized, was former United States Senator John Durkin, D-New Hampshire. He served in the Senate from 1975-1980, and I once interviewed him for an Atlantic Monthly article back in 1987.

I offered to pay Sen. Durkin for the newspaper, but he insisted I take it for free.

"New Hampshire hospitality," Durkin said.

On the way out, I asked Durkin if he was supporting any of the candidates for president.

"Not yet," Durkin said, adding that he did not think any of the contenders stood out in Sunday evening's debate.

He noted that Sen. Hillary Clinton offered a new explanation for her 2002 vote authorizing the use force in Iraq. "This time it was about the weapons inspectors," Durkin said, adding, "No one seems to have picked up on that."

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Nate, Chicago, IL

    What interest do you have in letting the American poeple know and understand the reasons in rising cost of fuel in America while oil companies are releasing record profits?

    June 5, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. S.B Goleta, California

    If you are an illegal citizen working in the field or changing bedsheets,and you become a U.S Citizen are you still going to do that job? And you get paid a buck or more higher than you used to. My comment is those people in the senate, congress need to think twice. Why dont we just open the borders to the world so it will be equal for everybody. Did they think about that.

    June 5, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. JK, Gaithersburg, MD

    Everybody should have an uncle like Bill Schneider. What a great place this world would be.

    June 5, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Tim Booher, El Cerrito CA

    I’ve heard her give that reason numerous times before. So I’m not sure why Durkin thinks that is “new” news or why CNN would find a need to report that.

    June 5, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. RightyTighty

    Not suprising considering the curruption CNN is partaking in with the Democratic party. No unbias reporting found here.

    June 5, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |