President Bill Clinton made a well-publicized stop in the Granite State last week, addressing a crowd of thousands at the University of New Hampshire.
In addition to calling for more time for President Barack Obama, Clinton sought to rev up the student-heavy audience, assuring them that their vote counts.
Clinton pointed to local media reports prior to his visit that featured students saying they weren’t sure whether their votes in the coming election would matter. He also criticized New Hampshire Republicans for their efforts to implement tighter voter registration laws.
“Republicans in New Hampshire think it matters; that’s why they’ve worked so hard to keep you from voting,” he said.
Sandra Ho, a SEA/SEIU 1984 member and the registrar at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, attended the rally in Durham.
“For me, I think it was great to see a lot of supporters and energy,” she said.
Ho said the former president laid everything out in a clear way, and was really reaching out to the students in attendance.
“He was really trying to throw it out there to the students that ‘this is for you to decide,’” she said. “It’s nice to see that the young people really get excited about it.”
This visit to N.H. was Clinton’s second since July, when he was here in support of gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan.