Being a resident in New Hampshire around election time can be very exciting. I have lived in New Hampshire all my life and not to many big events happen. Citizens from all over the state look forward to meeting the presidential candidates and are ready to jump in and campaign.
The most hopping area for presidential candidates is University of New Hampshire. What better way to get young voters involved then bringing politics right to their front door. Little diners across the state wait their turn to be recognized like 5 star restaurants, these are places where waitresses don’t wear nametags because everyone there knows their name.
I have been following John Edwards because I am really attracted to the way he values families and understands the difficulties involved in trying to provide a good life for your children. He also seems to understand how things like health care and childcare can be obstacles not tools for families to use. John Edwards also does his campaigning at house parties. He has been all over the state visiting in citizen’s homes where neighbors have been invited to join. John Edwards has been in Exeter, Barrington, Lee, and Epping just to name a few places. One of the things I love most is he is not afraid to sit down and actually talk. John Edwards dresses in a way that isn’t intimidating and never speaks down to people. He is a citizen not a person who pretends to be a citizen.
John Edwards really believes that we need to face this health insurance crisis head on and start coming up with solutions not arguing if there is a problem or not. He also really understands the need for better schools and educational opportunities. John was the first one from his family to attend college and understands the importance of affordable schooling. Growing up he had worked beside his father in a textile mill and his mother worked two jobs, John can relate to the difficulties the middle class face. In New Hampshire we have a lot of small shops and mills still running and being able to relate to the working class means a lot.
In New Hampshire the elderly population outnumbers the younger population. A lot of New Hampshire residents try to live off of Social Security benefits. These are people who made New Hampshire what it is today but they have to make choices like, do I eat this week or buy medication. John has and says he will continue to save and improve the Social Security and Medicare programs.
There are twenty two chapters in New Hampshire to help campaign and support John Edwards and his fight for a better country. I will always see him as the man who sat in a co-workers living room actually talking to me. He did not avoid my questions or my passion; I plan on celebrating his.