Sen. Hillary Clinton wells up at final Portsmouth appearance

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, talks to Laura Stiles of Exeter, N.H., after become emotional while answering a question from an undecided voter at a cafe in Portsmouth, N.H., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008.
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Hillary Clinton (D) Senator, New York
Born: 10/26/1947
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Home: Chappaqua, NY
Religion: Methodist
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PORTSMOUTH – A clearly emotional Sen. Hillary Clinton welled up during her appearance at the Cafe Espresso this morning, after someone asked her how she could continue a grueling campaign schedule that has had her crisscrossing the Granite State since she arrived late last week.

Following the question, Clinton paused and didn’t answer for about 10 seconds. During that time, her face changed from one of composure to one filled with emotion. Finally, she said, “Because I care.”

That was enough seal the deal for Laura Stiles, a nanny Exeter, who was one of several undecided voters sitting with Clinton at a table.

“She convinced me. I really like how she presented herself. She has the drive, and her emotions made her real,” Stiles said.

Clinton’s remark came at the very end of a lengthy, standing-room-only appearance at the local restaurant.

Clinton, who was flanked by area supporters, was making what was expected to be her final Portsmouth appearance before the Presidential Primary tomorrow. She said she was trying to get to as many people in the Granite State as possible, particularly those who have yet to make up their minds.

“I really wanted to sit down with a group of undecided voters,” said Clinton. “I believe this election is so important for our country. The stakes are so high.”

Clinton then outlined her priorities, stressing her experience. She took plenty of jabs at President Bush, but few at her Democratic opponent Barack Obama, who leads her in NH polls by 10 percent or more.

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