Ten months ago when Hillary Clinton made her first campaign trip here in April she was struck by the concern expressed by voters about how heroin and other opioids were hurting New Hampshire families. Clinton internalized those concerns and addressing opioid addiction has become central to her campaign.
Last night supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders repeatedly interruputed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while she was speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner. In my more than 30 years of attending Democratic events in New Hampshire, I’ve never witnessed rudeness and disrespect like this.
Bernie Sanders has made three promises that are extremely attractive to voters. He’s promised to make tuition free at all public universities and colleges. He’s promised to establish a single-payer health coverage system. And he’s promised to break up the big banks during his first year as president. Before New Hampshire voters cast their ballots in seven days, reporters should press Sanders to provide serious answers to three questions about these promises.
While there is no question Bernie Sanders cares about humanity, the lives of individual humans do not appear to move him. If he has heard the stories of people struggling from low incomes, the heroin epidemic or college debt, they don’t make it into his speeches and TV interviews.
The three living Democratic governors of Vermont, Bernie Sanders’ home state, all have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, as has the senior U.S. Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy. Vermont’s lone Congressman, Peter Welch, remains neutral. Let’s zero in on the three governors and what their choices say.