Tele-Talk: How important is the New Hampshire primary in the presidential election process?

The New Hampshire primary has served as a launching pad to the nomination for many future presidents. For others, victory in New Hampshire is but a fleeting moment of political glory. This week's Tele-Talk: How important is the New Hampshire primary in the presidential election process?

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Tele-Talk responses: For whom are you going to cast your ballot in the New Hampshire Primary?

There were 21 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question: For whom are you going to cast your ballot in the New Hampshire Primary? The responses were: six for Bernie Sanders; five for Hillary Clinton; three for John Kasich, two for Donald Trump and one each for Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. Two people said they would not be voting; one person said she is undecided but will choose between three Republican candidates.
First let me say who I am definitely not voting for: Donald Trump. He is a racist, a bigot and a disgusting human being. The fact that someone with his reckless behavior and teenage mentality is the leading GOP candidate speaks volumes about the sad state of the Republican Party. Who will I be voting for? That’s an easy one: Bernie Sanders! Why? Because I think that tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations are unfair, that discrimination against people based on race, gender or religion is unacceptable, that protecting the environment is vital, that the cost of college tuition is way too high, that health care is a human right, that domestic violence laws need to be strengthened and that the government shouldn’t make reproductive health decisions for women. Oh, and unlike other politicians, he’s a genuinely likable person!
John Kasich is qualified, competent and accomplished. Most candidates run on slogans and empty promises. He is the only one whose record backs up his rhetoric. You will see positive changes from day one with President Kasich. Vote with your brain, not your emotions. Sue, North Conway.
I’m casting my ballot for Hillary. I think that she is the prime candidate that we should elect. She has survived adversity, and she continues to persevere for what’s right for our country and our state. I think that she has international experience, which I think is crucial to our election right now, and no one else has that. I also would raise the question as to I wonder if there is a glass ceiling in the United States, since I can’t imagine that in over 200 years we have not yet found a female in this country new that was capable of even being vice president or president, and I think that sometimes she may get some adversity on her because of that. So, I would ask everyone to please consider who we are looking to run our country and who has the experience and maturity, and who has already survived some of the adversity that our president will need to get through the future. This is a concerned citizen in Madison.
I’m voting for Bernie Sanders. North Conway.
This is Jim from Glen. I’m going to cast my vote for John Kasich, primarily because he has a proven record in the state of Ohio, and the people in Ohio have a favorable impression of him. In other words, his actions speak with a lot more volume than a lot of the words that I’m hearing from the other candidates. John Kasich is my guy this time around.
Oh, definitely Bernie Sanders. Then I can drive around town, see all the deadbeats that don’t work, and maybe I can quit my job and be just like them. But the difference is I won’t, because I do have a little pride myself and my family, and show them that you’re actually supposed to work to get things in this country not have it just handed to you.
I’m supporting any Republican over the despicable Marxist-socialist Democrats. But my first choice is Marco Rubio.
Chris Christie.
Two thumbs up for Trump.
I’ll be voting for Ted Cruz in the New Hampshire primary. Ted Cruz is the answer.
I’m from Conway and I am not voting, period. I don’t think any of the candidates are worthy of being president.
I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. She is simply the most qualified person for the job.
For whom am I voting? Certainly not Hillary Clinton. She is probably the most dishonest person to have been in the White House. She should be disqualified to run for president. Right now, Donald Trump still looks pretty good. Cruz is questionable about citizenship but so was Obama. Rubio looks really good. Still up in the air. When I go to the polls I will decide. R.W., Conway.
I’m voting for Bernie Sanders for president.
The one and only Bernie. Go, Bernie, go.
Go Bernie and Elizabeth Warren.
Hillary. I’m from North Conway.
After all the years of promises to us about turning this nation around, I’m beginning to really worry about our lunch-break Republican Party. After the strongest growth of our stock market ever, after the most employment gains in decades, after more housing starts than there have been in decades and after millions of Americans are now paying toward the health care that they receive, putting billions of dollars into our health network that beforehand had to be absorbed by all the people who paid their regular fees for their insurances, I’m going to have to back out of support for any of these so-called Republican candidates. I hate doing that; I’ve been a Republican for years. After the country dug itself out of the massive debt laid on us by the last great white hope — you know, George W. — I’m surprised that we, the Republicans of this great country, can’t do anything better than to offer us a clown car full of candidates, especially letting the leader of the clowns, recognizable by his Bozo hair, take center stage so often. He’s a joke. He’s only in it for his own personal gain. I can’t believe all the Trump chumps. However, I’ve seen no plan from any of our candidates, only posturing about what they would do if they were king — I mean, excuse me, if they were president — with no conceivable plan as to how they would accomplish any of their promises. I’m going to have to vote for Clinton this year. Sorry about that, but I’m going to have to leave the Republican party and do that because all they’ve been able to offer us this year is a clown-car full of candidates.
I am going to enthusiastically vote for Donald Trump! Trump has that rare quality that is missing from the other candidates, self-confidence, which makes him a leader. Trump won me over when he said, “I’m going to make you proud to be an American again.” These last seven years under Obama have been a complete embarrassment. The United States has become an object of ridicule and disdain around the world. Under Obama, America has abdicated its leadership role which has resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of millions of people in the Middle East and the proliferation of new deadly terrorist groups such as ISIS. Our national debt has ballooned to $19 trillion and the economy has stagnated for the last seven years. Drug use has become an epidemic in America because people have no hope that their economic situation will ever improve. I believe Donald Trump is the only candidate with the economic know how to turn the economy around. As regards foreign policy, he will do whatever is necessary to eliminate the Islamic terrorists and rebuild our military. He is the only candidate who will bring the monstrous, incompetent federal government under control. Make America great again, vote Donald Trump for president.
I tilt liberal and almost always vote Democratic, but on Feb. 9 I will be “crossing over” for a moment in time, taking a Republican ballot, and voting for John Kasich. Why? In large part to help blunt the Trump/Cruz/Rubio circus, none of whom deserves New Hampshire’s “first in the nation” endorsement. While I don’t agree with many of Kasich’s views on the social issues of our complicated times, I think he is fair-minded, a good listener and a consensus builder. I trust him to do what is right for the country and the world in a calm, thoughtful, pragmatic way. I like his background experience as well as his proven record for getting things done both at the federal and state level, and I hope that the New Hampshire electorate recognizes that and joins me in pushing him closer to his party’s choice for president. That being said, in the general election, I will most assuredly vote for Hillary Clinton, the most qualified candidate from either party to ever seek the office of president. Judy Kennedy, Bartlett.
I’m voting for Hillary Clinton.
As a 31-year card-carrying member of the Communist Party, I will vote for today’s generational Stalin, that is Bernard Sanders originally of Brooklyn, N.Y. Or, since I have a fetish for cankles, I might both for the fat luscious cankles of the most smartest woman in the world, the female member of the Clinton family. Either one will do just fine.
One comment was posted on Facebook:
I’ve decided not to vote. Not one of these people is worthy of the office. Each one of them is a scumbag in their own way. And, if they ain’t a scumbag, they’re an old fart.

Tele-Talk: If you were one of those who saw Bernie Sanders in North Conway, what did you think of him?

This week's Tele-Talk question was: If you were one of those who saw Bernie Sanders at the North Conway Community Center, what did you think of him? Responses are as follows:

Bernie Sanders, the one thing that I can say about that man is he's totally honest. You know that he is for socialism, just like Obama and Hillary are, and he'll admit it. But, my God, he is so wrong with that. Look all around the rest of the world. Those places are going down the toilet, and everybody knows the problem in this country is people need to get off your lazy butts and work. I'm sick of taking care of people all the time. You know they came up with this great thing years ago, it's called work. Get out and do it; the government shouldn't have to take care you. Keep popping babies out, doing drugs. I'm sorry, it's not my fault. It's called personal responsibility.

I completely have decided now I feel the Bern. I was very impressed with his humility, his intelligence and concern and multiple ideas presented about so many areas that are broken in this country. And people that suggest, "oh he's too socialist." There are already things in this country that are socialist, and people should do some research and also know the term "democratic socialism." He has got lot of integrity. He's a man of his word, and he knows his stuff. Anything less at this point would be just a complete disgrace to vote otherwise. He has definitely got a lot of younger people and all different age groups pumped up. He is the man for the job. He is leading the way in Vermont with GMO labeling being mandatory. And the rest of the country should be appalled that we're not doing all that as a country. He speaks volumes to a lot of people. He is an extremely intelligent man and I am inspired, and I couldn't support a better person for the job. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are like a stand-up "Saturday Night Live" show. People who are pushing for them should really check themselves. Scary times with clowns like that that want to represent our country.

I went yesterday just to see Bernie, and I was very impressed with everything he had to say. I live in Bartlett, and I will be voting for him.

Bernie Sanders is a person who represents the true values of America. He stands for the restoration of the middle class. He refuses to be bought like other politicians. Sample: state reps like Karen Umberger and Frank McCarthy who voted against their constituents' wishes to support a constitutional amendment to halt the influence of big money on politics. Bernie Sanders cannot be bought. He wants to eliminate the greed of private insurance that preys upon our health care.

Is it true that if he wins, Bernie will plant trees that will sprout money with which he will pay for all the things he promises?

Saw him today. Well spoken, articulate, to the point, honest and my next president!

I don't live in North Conway anymore, but I love him.

My co-workers and I conspired ways to get there, but none of them were feasible.

It was great to see such support for Bernie. He is the one candidate that will improve the lives of the middle class and everyone. The wealthy business folks who do not pay their share of taxes should be ashamed. Get out on primary day and vote for Bernie. He has the plan for this country that all others are lacking. It takes a village to make improvements for the middle class. Let's not let the 1 percent run this wonderful country. Barbara, Center Conway.

After watching and listening to Bernie Sanders Friday morning, I've come to the conclusion he is a brilliant practioner of the politics of class envy. As usual, the Democrat electorate ,which has IQ somewhere between dirt and lint, ate it all up, Bernie Sanders, who looks like Dr. Emmett Brown from "Back to the Future," believes in a far worse ideology. As mayor of Burlington, Vt., he had a Russian communist flag behind his desk. He called the city The People's Republic of Burlington. Bernie spent his honeymoon in Moscow and was great friends with the Ortega brothers who were the communist rulers of Nicaragua. Bernie said President Ronald Reagan was a terrorist. Bernie may call himself a progressive socialist, but he is actually a communist. He is a believer in an ideology that is directly responsible for the deaths of close to 200 million human beings! If Bernie is elected, he will be a fitting successor to Barack Obama, the most incompetent and anti-American president in American history.

Bernie Sanders comes off as honest and sincere. While Hillary may say the same things as Bernie says, she comes off as too well-scripted and insincere.

Bernie Sanders is a rare politician. He speaks the honest truth about what has happened in our country as the wealth and power has shifted upwards to the wealthy and powerful , turning our democracy into a plutocracy. It seems the Republicans, with their only priority being money, have won and ruined so much of what we used to have, and if someone doesn't stop them now it will be too late. Bernie represents our one chance to bring democracy back to the people and give us a true and expanded middle class again. We are being destroyed by private health care costs (insurance, drugs, hospitals). With a public health care system for all (as a right) we would save thousands of dollars individually. Publicly funded college would save thousands more dollars. The tax increases he proposes would be a drop in the bucket compared to the personal savings from the elimination of private insurance and college costs. Alan Phenix from Chocorua.

His nickname is Sandy because he's abrasive. Get it? Hee hee!

 

 

 

 

Tele-Talk: For whom are you going to cast your ballot in the New Hampshire Primary?

Presidential politics are heating up. The Iowa Caucus is Monday; then all eyes will be on the Granite State for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary on Feb. 9. Town clerks are expecting a record turnout for the vote.

This week's Tele-Talk question: For whom are you going to cast your ballot in the New Hampshire Primary?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

 

Tele-Talk: If you were one of those who saw Bernie Sanders, what did you think of him?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who leads his fellow Democratic presidential candidates by a wide margin in the latest New Hampshire polls, has now held two town hall meetings in Mount Washington Valley. He drew a crowd of 750 people to the gymnasium at the Kennett Middle School in August, and 685 to the new North Conway Community Center on Friday morning.

This week's Tele-Talk question: If you were one of those who saw Bernie Sanders, what did you think of him?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.