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    US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire on August 24th


    I followed Senator Bernie Sanders through New Hampshire seeing him in Conway, Berlin and Littleton on August 24th and photographed his appearances.


    First, let me say that I am a Republican, but as a photographer I must be neutral as I am simply there to record history in the making. However, I will provide my honest opinion in this instance.


    Senator Bernie Sanders is a phenomenal speaker who knows how to communicate. In ten minutes, he states his positions directly and matter of factly with no spin. He does carry notes with him to the podium, but it seems he rarely uses them. He speaks to the press with confidence and takes all questions. His knowledge on the issues seems to be complete and vast.


    I will admit my prejudice against older people. There have been several people in my life who once they got above 65 seemingly fell apart mentally, emotionally, physically or a combination of all three. My father died in his 70s and just right now I got a text message from the local police department about a missing senior. Bernie Sanders might be older, but he seems exceptionally strong and healthy. Bernie breaks that stereotype of the falling apart senior citizen. Bernie is not going away any time soon. While Bernie might look older, his real age might make him older, do not at all underestimate this man.


    As a Republican, I might disagree with Bernie on the solutions to issues in society, but I have great respect for this man. He is honest, trustworthy and speaks with such confidence that even if you disagree with the man you can at least respect him.


    I came away from this confidently believing that Bernie is about to clean Hillary's clock in the forthcoming primary debates. After watching both Bernie and Hillary in different settings there seems to be absolutely no way Hillary can win against this man. The Republicans are going to have a very difficult time debating this man as well. I call it the "Royal Rumble". If Trump is the Republican nominee, it will be at least entertaining watching two New Yorkers battle it out on-stage. I look forward to it.


    All of the three events I attended were packed to the point where it was standing room only and people had to stand outside watching Bernie on large video screens as there was no room inside. The only other campaign events I have seen so jam packed was Donald Trump. Both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush's events were lightly attended and Trump was right...there were people falling asleep at both their events.


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    Date of events: August 24th


    Event locations:


    Time: 10:00 AM
    A. Crosby Kennett Middle School Cafeteria
    176 Main St.
    Conway, NH 03818


    Time: 2:30pm
    White Mountain Chalet
    161 E Milan Rd.
    Berlin, NH 03570


    Time: 7PM
    Littleton Opera House
    2 Union St.
    Littleton, NH 03561

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