Edwards Campaign - Weekly Backgrounder - 12.14.07

Happy Friday from JEFP-NH! New Hampshire is a firewall? Hmm … looks more like a snowball tous.

The Week in Review

Meet the Parents

It was a busy week with John Edwards’ parents, Bobbie and Wallace Edwards, here in New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bobbie and Wallace toured the state, from Concord to Berlin, meeting with voters and supporters at every turn. Bobbie and Wallace quickly became media darlings, talking with WMUR, radio stations in Manchester and Conway, newspapers in Concord, Laconia and Berlin, and even squeezing in a national call with Newsweek. Then, they flew straight to Iowa and watched their son John Edwards bring down the house at the Des Moines Register debate.

Concord Monitor: “This is his time.”

Laconia Citizen: “What he says … he will do.”

Berlin Daily Sun: He’ll fight and work for everybody

Edwards is OFF-THE-CHARTS in Iowa debate

In case you missed yesterday’s Des Moines Register debate, John Edwards’ favorability among undecided Iowa voters was literally off the charts. And following the debate, an overwhelming majority of previously undecided voters in both groups said they now support John Edwards.

Time: Vegas sharpies would be dumb as an ear of corn to bet too much against this guy in the caucuses.

CBS: His answers to almost every question hewed to his populist themes of sticking up for the disadvantaged and sticking it to corporate America.

Memo: Edwards Building Grassroots Momentum in New Hampshire

On Thursday, New Hampshire state director, Beth Leonard released a memo outlining the strength of the Edwards campaign’s field operation in New Hampshire. Just a few of the many impressive numbers:

  • We have 12 field offices up and running in New Hampshire and we are continuing to expand. In advance of GOTV, we are adding 5 new offices in Plymouth, Claremont, Exeter, Salem and Peterborough and expanding the size of offices in Laconia, Rochester and Keene to accommodate the overwhelming numbers of volunteers who have come in to help reach out to their neighbors and friends on behalf of the campaign.
  • Volunteers, in conjunction with our field staff, have made nearly 1.5 million phone calls to their neighbors and friends in New Hampshire during the campaign and knocked on over 235,000 doors.
  • Last week alone our team made over 130,000 phone calls to voters and knocked on over 30,000 doors. To put that in perspective, about 220,000 voters voted in the primary in 2004. Through our neighbor-to-neighbor field model, our team is capable of reaching over half of that universe every single week with live phone calls and door knocks.

     

No More NAFTAs

Last Saturday was the fourteenth anniversary of NAFTA, and Edwards endorser Maine Congressman Mike Michaud joined workers in the North Country where bad trade deals have cost the community hundreds of jobs. He also wrote an op-ed that ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Berlin Daily Sun: “ I’m tired of hearing about mills closing.”

Union Leader: We need a fighter who will not quit and who will never forget where he came from.

NH Freedom to Marry and Rep. Mo Baxley Endorse John Edwards for President

The Edwards campaign was proud to pick up the endorsement of State Rep. Mo Baxley and the NH Freedom to Marry Coalition:

Concord Monitor: “I think it's an issue of trust and sincerity … Are you going to stick by us when things get tough?”

A Peek at the Week Ahead

Edwards for President national campaign manager Congressman David Bonior is in the state this weekend to continue building our grassroots momentum with canvass kickoffs across the state. He’ll also open up our newest office in Claremont, NH.

Edwards for President national campaign manager Congressman David Bonior is in the state this weekend to continue building our grassroots momentum with canvass kickoffs across the state. He’ll also open up our newest office in Claremont, NH.

The hits keep coming next week as Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt join John Edwards in New Hampshire for Graniteroots campaign events across the state next Tuesday and Wednesday. See you on the campaign trail!