Sept. 07– Carly Fiorina, who has picked up steam in the GOP primary polls since failing to qualify for last month’s first televised prime-time debate, is spending Labor Day weekend stumping in New Hampshire — eager to feed Granite State voters’ desire for new, non-establishment voices.
“You have got a bunch of outsiders that are leading the Republican pack, and everybody likes that,” said New Hampshire state Rep.John Potucek, one of many who packed MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry yesterday to meet the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. “It’s because they are voicing the opinions of the silent majority who have been stifled by the establishment.”
In the diner in Derry, Fiorina focused more on the crowd than the media, stopping at each table to speak with every patron during the noontime rush, some of whom had no idea the candidate was scheduled to appear. During the visit, the restaurant’s staff surprised Fiorina, who turned 61 yesterday, with a birthday cake.
Earlier yesterday, Fiorina touted her outsider status on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” saying it’s what voters want.
“I do think we’ve come to a place where people realize that running for political office all your life isn’t necessarily the most qualifying set of experiences,” Fiorina said. “Eighty percent of the American people now think we have a professional political class that is either unwilling or unable to challenge the status quo of Washington and get things done. And we have festering problems in Washington, not to mention a lack of leadership around the world.”
Potucek said he was impressed by Fiorina, but remains uncommitted. Derry resident Delores Brusky said she was leaning toward supporting Fiorina.
“I told her that I would love to see her debate Hillary,” Brusky said of her conversation with Fiorina. “We are ready for a female president, and I want it to be Carly Fiorina.”
Fiorina was one of three candidates to stump in New Hampshire yesterday. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared at the Concord Gun Show, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did a motorcycle tour across the state.
More candidates are slated to hit the Granite State today, including Democrat Bernie Sanders, who is also looking to build his lead over Clinton in the polls with his own anti-establishment message. Sanders is slated to attend the AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast inManchester before marching in the Milford Labor Day Parade.
Tad Devine, senior adviser to Sanders, said the more than $4 million in ad buys the Clinton campaign has made in the New Hampshiremarkets, including Boston, shows the rival camp’s need to combat Sanders’ message and demonstrates how well it is resonating there. Sanders currently leads Clinton by 9 points in the state, according to the NBC/Marist poll released yesterday.
“Our focus is going to be continuing to talk to voters,” Devine said. “We don’t feel the pressure to have an early media buy.”
Jim Michaud contributed to this report.
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