The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats race to New Hampshire finish line

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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- From New Hampshire -- Democrats race to Granite State finish line | Sanders leads in new poll | Sights and sounds from the trail | Candidates make pitch at raucous dinner | Protesters brave 18 degree temperatures | Dem anxiety grows over contested convention | Trump knocks Dem primary as 'really boring' | President to hold rally in state tonight | Buttigieg takes lead in Iowa delegates | Budget Day in Washington



Democrats held a dinner and let me tell you -- It. Was. A. Wild. Ride.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Julia Manchester and I attended the rowdy McIntyre-Shaheen Hundred Club Event on Saturday night where presidential candidates made their final pitches to supporters and party elites.



First of all, it was in a giant arena: Each campaign had a section or two or supporters with signs, matching shirts, noisemakers and glowsticks. Video to give you a sense:


While supporters in the arena had beer, wine and nachos from concession vendors, a plated dinner was happening on the floor of the venue: So basically, thousands of people watched a lavish dinner happening before them. Photo:


The Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE section was fired up: Watch:  


The Warren campaign had arguably the biggest section of supporters: They are in green. Photo:


Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE made a surprise appearance from an arena suite: Here is video of her section's reaction. Watch:  


Meanwhile -- the protesters outside were just as rowdy: It was a very cold night to be outside, by the way. Here is my video walking around the protests. Watch:


Yikes -- including this protest of Warren:


Andrew YangAndrew Yang6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Yang calls on someone to 'pull an Andrew Yang' and bow out of 2020 race MORE joked: "I know it may not feel like, but I did the math, New Hampshire, do you know how many Californians you all are worth?"


Hi Bernie people!: When Sanders supporters started booing Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE, Klobuchar looked over and said, "Hey, Bernie people!"


It's a chaotic Monday in New Hampshire. I'm Cate Martel, filing from the media hub in downtown Manchester, with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.


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Sanders expands his lead: According to a new UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion poll released this morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading with 25 percent. The others...

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE: 17 percent

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): 15 percent

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE: 14 percent.

Even for Democrats, it's the Trump show: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Julia Manchester, who are also in N.H. for the primary, "New Hampshire Democrats are on edge ahead of Tuesday's primary and feeling immense pressure to pick the candidate with the best chance of defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE." How the issue of electability keeps coming up across the state:

Sanders is feeling pretty good: "Sanders glides toward primary day as moderates brawl." (Via Politico's Holly Otterbein and Stephanie Murray

The chances of a brokered Democratic convention have increased: From The Hill's Jonathan EasleyHow so:

Buttigieg officially won the most delegates in Iowa: After a recanvass of 55 precincts in Iowa, former Buttigieg was officially awarded the most delegates.

Trump called the Democratic New Hampshire primary a 'really boring deal': The president, who is holding a campaign rally in Manchester tonight, tweeted, "Will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, tonight for a big Rally. Want to shake up the Dems a little bit - they have a really boring deal going on. Still waiting for the Iowa results, votes were fried. Big crowds in Manchester!"



Biden met a little boy named Beau: "I have a Beau, too," Biden told the little boy. Watch:

Reporters had a hard time finding New Hampshire voters at Biden's Manchester event: "Reporters are looking for New Hampshire voters in the Biden event. Many people are here are political tourists from out of the state." (From Mother Jones's David Corn

^Throwback: The Washington Post's Dave Weigel tweeted, "One of my treasured #fitn memories is John Kasich getting fake-annoyed then real-annoyed by every single voter at one town hall being from Maryland."

It's never a bad time for ice cream: 


Shorter Biden -- the fat lady hasn't sung yet on my campaign: "Look, the reports of our death are premature," Biden told supporters at his Manchester field office. Photo:

Biden handed out food in the cold: Here's a photo of Biden giving out bread at the food distribution center in Manchester. Photo:



Omg -- I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often, tbh: Buttigieg accidentally burped while giving remarks in Lebanon. "I'd get detention for that," he joked. Video:

Here's the line outside Buttigieg's Nashua event yesterday -- yikes:

^ And there was even a line for press to get in:

Photo from his Saturday morning event in Keene:



Warren brought her dog Bailey on the campaign trail: Bailey! Photo:

Imagine answering your door and it's Warren: The woman's reaction is so pure.




46 is the new 78: "Nina Turner at a Bernie rally in [Rochester']: 'Our Senator may be 78 but baby we're about to make him 46' "

The vibe at Sanders's Claremont stop: "This crowd for Bernie in working-class Claremont, NH is quite different from the crowds I've seen for other candidates, to say the least (see bottom right). There is true passion/belief here." (Via The Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman



Klobuchar's Manchester event was so packed that people ditched the chairs: A few minutes before Klobuchar came out, the campaign asked the crowd to give up their chairs so they can fit more people, who were waiting outside, in the venue. Photo of them removing the chairs:

^ And it was successful!: A few minutes later a staffer announced, "We did it, everyone! Everyone made it inside!" People cheered. 

Klobuchar had a selfie line: I sped up the video. It's pretty entertaining to watch. Video:

Video of a homemade "Amy is our Orange Crush" sign, a swipe at Trump:



Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme and his supporters swarmed the DoubleTree -- and brought real ponies:



Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet Biden proposes 0B housing plan Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan MORE MaDe ThE cUt: I'll see myself out now. 


The famous Red Arrow Diner was so busy, it ran out of forks:

James Carville campaigned with Bennet: Here's a photo: And more importantly, here's a photo of Carville decked out for Mardi Gras.

Deval PatrickDeval PatrickNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Hill TV's Saagar Enjeti slams the media's coverage of Deval Patrick's 2020 campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate MORE got the short end of the stick: "Most of the crowd has left before Deval Patrick started speaking. He got kind of screwed after Sanders belatedly agreed to come and took his prime spot"



Let's debate this in a friendly manner: 

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. -- The seven Democratic presidential candidates swapped jabs in Friday's presidential debate. Here are some of the highlights:  



  1. Fear of Trump casts long shadow
  2. Electability is (still) the big question
  3. Buttigieg and Sanders stay the course
  4. Second-tier candidates struggle to make an impact
  5. A good night for moderators

Explanations for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:



This is pretty entertaining: "The Daily Show" made a music video with clips of candidates dancing. Watch:   

The Hill's debate snack stash was pretty respectable, if I do say so myself:  

By the way, reporters watched from another building across campus: Here's a photo of the view for journalists covering the debate:

Behind the scenes photos: From The New Hampshire Institute of Politics's Neil Levesque

The moderators really did their homework: "Pretty impressed with the moderators for clearly doing their homework on these questions and pushing back when candidates dodge." (Via The Daily Beast's Lachlan Markay

Throwback to Jeb Bush and Donald Trump during a 2016 debate:  

Lol, 'The Daily Show' had some Bloomberg jokes: "BREAKING: Mike Bloomberg didn't qualify for this #DemDebate so he bought ABC and is now the sole moderator" Photoshopped pic:

The tie situation: "Yang: No tie

Steyer: Same tie

Pete & Bernie: Tied in Iowa" (Tweet from NBC's Mike Memoli



How to find each campaign:

^ And here are all the journalists taking that same photo:

What it looked like in the spin room post-debate:

Spotted in the spin room: Rahm Emanuel. Photo:

How a Warren adviser felt about the time each candidate got to speak: Warren's chief strategist Joe Rospars tweeted about halfway through the debate: "Current status: guy who came 4th in Iowa has gotten to speak for more than 50% more time in the debate than the woman who finished above above him"

Several news stations broadcasted live from the spin room: Here's a photo of the WMUR team on set in the spin room:

Oh mannn, this photo: "Not at all awkward moment as Warren is asked about her criticism of Mayor Pete as he's looming over @DanaBashCNN's shoulder." (Via Tommy Vietor

That's an adorable lapel pin: Steyer's spokesperson wore a lapel pin of Steyer's signature red plaid tie. Photo:

Interesting tidbit: The Hill's Julia Manchester captured Warren shrugging when asked about her debate performance. Watch:

There are 500+ reporters in the spin room:



Let's chant now -- 'Bud-get! But-get! Bud-get!':

President Trump just released his fiscal year 2021 budget.

Keep in mind: "Trump's budget is more than a political wishlist and is likely to land with a thud on Capitol Hill, given the divided nature of government. Both the House and Senate expected to craft their own spending bills." 

Read the budget



The Hill's Peter Sullivan tweeted, "Just heard someone say 'It's budget day!' with apparent unironic excitement to a passerby in the Longworth hallway"



Equal Rights Amendment: "The House is slated to take up legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse passes bill paving way for ERA ratification Abortion wars flare up in Congress House Democrats question Secret Service on payments to Trump properties MORE (D-Calif.) that would remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)."

War powers: The Senate could take up a resolution this week to limit Trump's ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval after tensions spiked earlier this year.

Nominations: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) is setting up votes for five judicial nominations this week.

Context and details for each via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke:



Ahh, New Englanders:



The House is in. The Senate meets later this afternoon. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in New Hampshire today.

10:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at the National Governors' Winter Meeting.

11 a.m. EST: President Trump spoke at the "White House Business Session with our Nation's Governors." 

11:55 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for Portsmouth, N.H.

Noon: The House meets. The House's full schedule:

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions MORE.

1 p.m. EST: Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought gives an off-camera press briefing.

2:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Cops for Trump event in Portsmouth, N.H.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule:

3:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Parkland families.

4:20 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Manchester, N.H.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. 

6:30 p.m. EST: Votes in the House. 

9:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

10:45 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives at the White House.



7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally at the Southern New Hampshire University arena in Manchester, N.H. Vice President Pence also gives remarks. Livestream:



Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day.


And because you made it this far, here is a cat snoring through an echo machine. It's incredible: