Occupying the primary: Protestors set up camp
January 8th, 2012
12:32 PM ET
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Occupying the primary: Protestors set up camp

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - The closer we get to the polls opening in New Hampshire, the more colorful characters you see in the streets trying to get their messages out.

Three men on horseback carrying a large, homemade Ron Paul banner through downtown Manchester stopped at Veterans' Memorial Park on Elm Street Saturday, home to the "Occupy the Primary" encampment. Supporters of the Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman spoke with a few protestors about the primary and the current state of politics.

Occupy protestors know that many Republicans view them as an extension of the Democratic Party. Elizabeth Grunewald tried to dispel that notion by speaking with folks who are willing to stop and listen to what the group has to say.

"You can't have a slogan that says we are the 99% without including Republicans also," said Grunewald. "It's not aligned with the Democratic Party. It's aligned with the free thinking party."

Doug Bowen tried to sway voters while holding a sign that read "Why does the 1 percent have 2 parties but we have none?"

He said his message to the candidates and voters is "Get money out of politics, pass a constitutional amendment to ban corporate personhood and have publicly funded elections. It's the only way the 99% will get represented rather than the 1%."

There has not been any friction between the people in the small encampment and local police. But there has been plenty of debate on the sidewalks.

Victor Ochoa came from Ashville, North Carolina to take part in "Occupy the Primary." He said people are at least willing to listen to what he has to say.

"I think it's a matter of being able to speak their language … and I find that when we speak to people on a rational, concise, clear level they tend to do the same, generally they tend to agree with us and many of our issues actually," Ochoa said.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While not aligned with any political party, OWS sure scares the crap out of the people from the foreign owned media, Fox.

    January 8, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    1)..Like Nixon...Romney seems to have been seeking the Presidential-nomination for as long as Nixon did.!

    2)..Like Nixon...Romney comes across stiff, distant and humorless.!

    3)..Like Nixon...Romney seems to hide his real agenda.!

    4)..Like Nixon...Will Romney plunge the Country into another crisis.?

    And so we ask; "Will we have a repeat of Nixon in Romney...?

    January 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. MN Mom

    Doug Bowen quoted above sure has it right - until you take the money out of politics and have publicly funded elections, politicians are beholden to the 1% who pay for very expensive campaigns and the 99% will never receive fair representation. This is an issue that many Republicans and Democrats agree about. Many may remember that McCain (a Republican) and Feingold (a Democrat) worked very hard on the McCain-Feingold bill to reform election financing. Unfortunately, it was not implemented and we still have the same problems. Many Republicans, especially those on Fox news, are constantly demonizing the hardworking people, intelligent students, concerned parents, war veterans, and others who make up the Occupy movement. They should be ashamed about the awful things they say about these true Americans who are trying to be heard and to make a difference.

    January 8, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. castyourvote2012

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    January 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The point of many people in the Occupy Movement is that there needs to be something done to help those that have become poor based on corporate raiding and bailouts that companies have received from taxpayers. I think that they are looking to do something to lessen the wage gap between the very wealthy and the poor. It has grown enormously over the course of the past decade or so.

    January 8, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. krissmith777

    Protest if you must, just so long as you do not disrupt or intimidate the primary voters.

    January 8, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. arthur schneider

    here we go with the money pepole romney mccain trump what do they have in commen the 99%will sufer more

    January 8, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |