As Beto Campaigns, New Hampshire Looks for Rock-ribbed Answers, Not Fluff

Published Mar 21, 2019. By Christa Case Bryant.

For seven decades, New Hampshire voters have taken very seriously their role in vetting presidential candidates. Every candidate must crisscross the state – the first in the nation to hold a primary – meeting voters face to face. This is America’s tried-and-tested forge of retail politics. . . . 

So if any state is going to probe whether Mr. O’Rourke has the chops to back up his charm, it’s probably New Hampshire. . . .

“As he’s in New Hampshire, he’s going to see that this is a little bit different territory. You’ve got to come with a little more substance,” says Tyler Sweeney, the New Hampshire director for The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan group that advocates for a balanced federal budget. “And I think this is where he is going to shape his policy."

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