By Drew Cline, New Hampshire Union Leader
July 10, 2014
Brown plans to win over those same women, and anyone else who will listen, one by one.
Brown has spent months driving his famous green pickup truck all over New Hampshire. Really, all over. He knocked on doors in Pittsburg, which has seldom received much attention from politicians not named Ray Burton. Brown says he puts 200 to 300 miles a day on his truck so he can meet voters face to face.
“That’s where it’s won,” he said Wednesday. “It’s one on one. It’s business to business. It’s fairs; it’s games.” His favorite place to campaign is the supermarket, one in particular.
“Market Basket is, quite honestly, one of the best places.” Since he does the family grocery shopping, he is there a lot, he said. Sometimes he’ll just go to meet people. “In our state, it’s retail politics.”
Brown brushes off his rivals’ criticisms and does not return them. “I respect them. I respect their supporters,” he said. He is more interested in talking about two records: his and Jeanne Shaheen’s.
Shaheen, he says, is a guaranteed vote for Obama’s failed policies, a politician who puts party first. He points to her Congressional Quarterly-certified record of voting 99 percent with Obama and says his record proves he would be a better senator for New Hampshire.
“I’m an independent voter and thinker; I always have been,” he said. “My record has always been about 50-50, give or take a few,” on partisan breakdown,he said. If sent to D.C., he would put New Hampshire first and work with both sides.
“If you want to send me down there to do nothing, I’m not your guy. ... I want to solve problems.”
“I’m running like I’m 30 points behind,” he said. “I can’t work any harder right now.”