The wave of support for Barack Obama continues to roll along, as in New Hampshire he picks up new supporters and reaches out beyond traditional constituencies.
From the Concord Monitor...
Fresh off his momentous victory in the Iowa caucuses and with a voice hoarse from frenetic campaigning, Barack Obama is emphasizing a message of unity between Democrats, Republicans and independents, which could potentially shore up his independent base in New Hampshire while portraying him as electable in the general election. His new stump speech makes unity its central theme.[...]
"We won with everyone, with Democrats, Republicans, independents, young and old, the union vote and non-union vote, men and women, black and white," he said.
If Obama wins the Democratic primary, he pledged to unify the party, then "go out to gather independents and Republicans and form a working majority" to win the general election. "We'll build a coalition that stretches between red states and blue states -- that's how we'll win in November," he said.
A passionate agent for profound governmental and cultural change is beginning to transcend the politics of yesterday, to rub out the old lines of division, to unite a Democratic Party and a divided country in the name of progressive core values...
Addressing several hundred voters in a cold airline hangar in Portsmouth, Obama asked undecided voters to raise their hands. When about a dozen did, he joked, "We're coming after you." And many attendees seemed convinced.
Sandra Woodworth, 59, of North Hampton jumped up and down holding an Obama sign. She was jumping, she said, out of both cold and enthusiasm. "I'm so excited we have a
candidate I can be excited about," she said.
As Obama circulated, Bob Landman, 64, an electrical engineer from North Hampton yelled, "Obama, you convinced me!"