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"Bird-Dogging" Candidates in NH

March 26, 2007


Those following Presidential candidates visiting New Hampshire may notice that the same questions are being asked over and over again when candidates meet with the public. It's not a coincidence, it's a bird-dogging campaign to get candidates to address tough subjects. Steve Varnum with Priorities New Hampshire says the election game makes it tough for the public to know where candidates stand on many issues, so the public has to get tough.

"Candidates are graduate level scholars on how NOT to answer a question. And that's why it's so important to have your question be every specific."

Varnum notes that when a candidate does not specifically answer a question, they'll face the same question again at the next public appearance, and again, until they provide an answer. He believes sometimes people are hesitant at public meetings to raise their hand to ask a question. He says it's a shyness that's unwarranted, and he encourages those attending candidate meetings to sit in the front row.

"As a member of the voting public, they have the right, and in fact they have the duty, to ask the candidates specific questions about those issues that are important to them."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH