1. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press:
"Well, it's interesting because Biden has not spent as much time here as some of the other leading candidates in recent months, he has been out campaigned by folks like, you know, former South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, Senator Sanders, Senator Warren. So it's interesting. He just hasn't spent as much time here as some of them, he hasn't put the resource in the state. So last week, right after Iowa, he said, OK New Hampshire, help me come back. And almost a few days later, he started lowering those expectations a little bit. So, it's not clear really what they're expecting out of New Hampshire. He's trying to say, because there's a neighboring advantage from Senator Sanders and Senator Warren from Massachusetts, Vermont, that it's gonna be hard to do well here. But if somebody like Mayor Buttigieg does well, or Senator Klobuchar, the expectations sort of gets thrown out the window."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press:
"The point Biden has continued to make is, you know, look at the first four, as one set, you know, you can't just say Iowa, and New Hampshire. You have to look at Nevada. You look at South Carolina. So you seem to be having an expectation of look at that as one separate game and then go from there. But I think that's going to be tougher voters if they see, you know, fourth place finish in Iowa, maybe a sluggish finish here. How does that show that you are the most electable candidate, which is what Biden's hard and center, you know, this campaign has been. I'm electable. I can beat Trump. What happens when you're losing to Buttigieg or Sanders in some states or even if you lose to Buttigieg or even Klobuchar here?
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press:
"I mean, obviously, in these last few days, you have a lot of political tourists come into New Hampshire. You know, you have folks from Massachusetts and other places. So crowd size can be a somewhat wonky indicator in the last few days. But it does show enthusiasm. And again, you know, people vote in Massachusetts at some point, you know, in the primary process, too. So it's interesting when you see these candidates who came into this race with lesser name I.D., less organization, and now, you know, they're having larger events than the former Vice President of the United States."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press:
"Well, it's interesting. I mean, you know, obviously, Iowa and New Hampshire are overwhelmingly white states. And he you know, I talked to voters here are saying, maybe New Hampshire does not deserve that privilege because it doesn't reflect the diversity of the Democratic Party. Though, you look at those first two states, when candidates do well and they win them, they tend to have a fast track to the nomination in some cases. So for Senator Sanders, if he comes out and you know, obviously the result in Iowa, he comes out and does well here, he has that big base here. And that's not only going to build momentum as he goes into Nevada and South Carolina."
5 . SOUNDBITE (English) Hunter Woodall, The Associated Press;
"When you look at Iowa with that result, obviously above Klobuchar and Biden who really have tried to make that centrist moderate lane key to them. You know, if you're if you look obviously to the left you have Senator Sanders, Senator Warren, Pete has become that, you know, that moderate candidate that voters seem both excited about and they say is more centrist then his fellow rivals."
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his top backers are downplaying expectations on the eve of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, while his rivals for the nomination look to the Granite State for a new springboard.
An Associated Press analysis of the former Vice President's readiness finds Binden "hasn't spent as much time here" as some of the other candidates.
"Right after Iowa, he said, OK New Hampshire, help me come back. And almost a few days later, he started lowering those expectations a little bit. So, it's not clear really what they're expecting out of New Hampshire," AP's political reporter, Hunter Woodall said.
Yet Biden's challenge in the opening states highlights a larger concern for Democrats as they look for a standard-bearer to take on President Donald Trump. No would-be nominee has proved their ability to build a strong coalition across the party's various racial, ethnic and ideological factions. That situation is muddled further by the vote-tabulation melee in last week's Iowa caucuses that left both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg claiming victory.
Trump, meanwhile, is eager to cast a shadow over the entire Democratic field as he heads to Manchester for a Monday evening rally to continue his victory-and-vengeance tour following the Senate votes that acquitted Trump on two impeachment charges last week. Trump lost New Hampshire in 2016 by fewer than 3,000 votes out of more than 743,000 cast, and the state is among several his reelection campaign believes it can flip in November.
Biden also faces a potential money crunch if donors are spooked by the results Tuesday in New Hampshire.
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