My Experience at the New Hampshire Presidential Primaries

Senator Sanders & his supporters at the 2020 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner

The Klein GO Media and American Politics course that brought 20+ Temple students to the New Hampshire presidential primaries is coming to an end. As I look back on the people I met and the discussions I had, I know that this was an experience I will never forget.

In New Hampshire we had a jam-packed schedule to make the most out of our trip. We filled up our itineraries and headed out to many different town halls and rallies. The New Hampshire primary is special in that it gives you the opportunity to see and listen to candidates in a smaller environment. I found it incredible to be up close and personal with the candidates that have the potential to influence our government enormously.

My favorite event that I attended was the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner. It was so exciting to have press passes to an event that all the major Democratic candidates spoke at. The energy outside of the venue was electric. It was a busy scene with different groups holding signs supporting their candidate of choice. The Bernie supporters, pictured below, were definitely high energy dancing and playing instruments.

Inside the stadium it looked as if a sporting event was going to take place. There was chanting, creative signs, and candidate related merchandise. Voters gathered in specific sections depending on which candidate they most supported. It was fascinating how when choosing to support a specific candidate people became apart of a community or “team.”

Senator Sanders supporters outside of the Southern New Hampshire University Arena

I was very fortunate to get pictures with some of the candidates! I got photos with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Sanders, and former candidate Andrew Yang at their town halls. With my camera and press pass I was able to weasel my way into prime positions at all the events I attended.

One of many things I will be taking away from this trip is the importance of hearing other peoples viewpoints. I met voters from all over the country; I appreciated hearing their own experiences and how it factors in to their voting decision.

As a PR and Communication and Social Influence Major I made it my mission to get out of my comfort zone and interview tons of people. Over the course of the five-day immersion we were tasked with writing an article relating to the events we covered. Now back at Temple, I am currently working on an opinion piece for the course. I choose to analyze the labeling of Senator Sanders as a Democratic Socialist. Please check out our website (http://www.presidentialhopefuls.org) to view the writing pieces our class has developed!