Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign spent Monday and Tuesday of this week in New Hampshire to continue the listening tour that she started last week in Iowa. The focus of Clinton’s visit was to meet with local students, business owners, and citizens to learn about what their concerns are. As noted last week in Iowa, Clinton is still in the process of building her 2016 platform, and her listening tour is intended to help in that process.
On Monday, Clinton stopped in Keene to speak to a roundtable of business owners and workers at Whitney Brothers. Her discussion focused on education, technical skills, and the challenges of small business ownership. The tone was similar to that in Iowa, as she is gathering a sampling of voices from across America on similar topics. She also visited Kristin’s Bistro and Bakery, a place she remembered from her first trip to New Hampshire in 1991.
On Tuesday, Clinton toured and met with students at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. She moderated a discussion with students and administrators where she stressed the importance of two year schools, but not one of the attendees asked a question. The rest of the day, Clinton made several unannounced stops in Concord before meeting with lawmakers.
Clinton’s next campaign stops have yet to be announced; however, many people have criticized Clinton for the cautious roll out of her campaign. But the general election is still over nineteen months away, so there is plenty of campaigning left to do. For now, the grassroots and localized events are a way for Clinton to meet with ordinary Americans before larger primary race begins.