Former President Bill Clinton, left, sits with his wife Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and daughter Chelsea Clinton, right, during a fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at Oak Bluffs, a town on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
PORTSMOUTH — On Sunday, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her fall campaign effort in Concord and Portsmouth with a well-known sidekick — her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton's New Hampshire campaign staff has confirmed that the Clintons will be in downtown Portsmouth Sunday evening for an open air, free-to-the-public event in Market Square. The couple will then fly to Iowa for Labor Day appearances.
Clinton, the Democratic primary front-runner in early statewide and national polls, will be making her 14th visit to the Granite State and her fourth stop in Portsmouth this year. The New York senator has also campaigned in Dover, Exeter, Hampton and, most recently, Rochester on Aug. 8.
Seacoast Media Group, the parent company of the Portsmouth Herald, hosted a July forum during which Clinton talked about her environmental and energy policies with Seacoast residents. She also held a health care forum at Exeter Hospital in April.
Clinton will not be alone in the state for Labor Day weekend, as Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama will be here Monday and Sen. Christopher Dodd has events planned for Sunday and Monday. Dodd will take part in a Labor Day barbecue in Somersworth.
While Labor Day has been the usual starting line for an increase in campaign intensity, a veteran New Hampshire political analyst said traditions have fallen by the wayside this year. The front-loaded primary schedule has created significantly more political activity and voter interest since the beginning of the year, said Dean Spiliotes of Concord.
"The candidates realize they don't have six to eight months anymore to make a move to overtake the front-runners," Spiliotes said. Until voters head for the polls, candidates "have a lot of ground still to cover and need to take every opportunity to get their message out."
GO & DO
Fall Kick-Off Rally with Hillary and Bill Clinton in Portsmouth
WHERE: Market Square, Portsmouth
WHEN: Gates open at 6 p.m.
DETAILS: 782-4640 or www.hillaryclinton.com/nh
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