So we finally have
actual election results from the state
of New Hampshire. They are clear, and
they are authoritative and they are a little
bit complicated. “Hello, America.” “We are here to stay.” “Our campaign is built
for the long haul.” “We’re going to Nevada. We’re going to South Carolina. We’re going to win
those states as well.” Bernie Sanders has won
the state by a little bit. Two other candidates who
had quite a strong night — Pete Buttigieg
and Amy Klobuchar. Not such a good night for Joe Biden or for
Elizabeth Warren or for anybody else. “New Hampshire.” “New Hampshire.” “New Hampshire.” “We’re here together.” “New Hampshire.” “You all up here
in New Hampshire.” After the debacle in Iowa,
national attention has focused even
more intensely on New Hampshire as the
first real clean test of political momentum
in this race. “People are still undecided.” “Uh, Bernie.” “Bernie Sanders, all the way.” “Mayor Pete.” “Amy Klobuchar.” “Oh, Joe Biden.” “I’ll just probably decide
Tuesday, five minutes before I go in to vote.” New Hampshire is a
classic swing state. “Ronald Reagan is the
winner in the state of New Hampshire.” “Bill Clinton won it.” “It’s neck and neck.” “New Hampshire goes to Obama.” In 2016, Hillary Clinton
prevailed over Donald Trump, but by a tiny margin. It’s a state that’s very
much in play for 2020. “Four more, Trump. Four more years!” New Hampshire might gauge
whether a candidate is able to appeal to certain
other constituencies they will need in
the general election. We have seen over
the last week a real rivalry emerge between
Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. “Hot, fresh and vegan. Get your Bernie-on-a-stick.” New Hampshire is really
home turf for Bernie Sanders. He comes from right
next door in Vermont. And he also drew
strong support, as he did in 2016, from
younger voters and more liberal voters. “Young voters want
Bernie because he’s fighting for their future. He’s not fighting
for his future. He’s in his future.” [cheering] Bernie Sanders came into
New Hampshire claiming momentum out of Iowa, based on his
lead in the popular vote. “Finally, the votes
were counted in Iowa. Took them a little while. We won the vote
by 6,000 votes.” He has been somewhat
more aggressive with his primary
opponents here … “We don’t have a Super PAC.” … talking about the
difference between himself … “We don’t want
billionaires’ money.” … and candidates in the
race, like Pete Buttigieg, who take money
from billionaires and other big donors. “We are running a campaign
for working people, funded by working people. And that is why we
are going to win here in New Hampshire and
all over this country.” [cheering] The biggest thing this might
mean for Bernie Sanders is that he has clearly
reasserted himself as the dominant leader
on the left wing of the Democratic Party. And then there’s
Pete Buttigieg. “Back in the Obama campaign,
we called it ‘no drama Obama,’ and I haven’t come
up with the right rhyme for Buttigieg.” [cheering] Pete Buttigieg
has claimed, among the moderate candidates,
a sense of momentum in New Hampshire that other
folks were not able to take. “We can’t risk dividing
Americans further. The idea that you’ve either
got to be for a revolution or you got to be for the
status quo leaves most of us out.” His message here has been
pretty similar to his message in Iowa, but really
focused on the idea that he’s the candidate who
can win crossover support in the general election. “We need a politics
that brings all of us in because all of us need a
new and better president.” After finishing at the top in
both Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg now has a
tremendous opportunity to put himself forward at the
national level as the leader of moderate Democrats. Announcer:
“Senator Amy Klobuchar!” The word that Amy Klobuchar
supporters are using to describe what happened
here is ‘Klomentum.’ She came to New Hampshire
after a fifth-place finish in Iowa without a whole
lot of wind in her sails. “It’s been funny
suddenly seeing media come to all of our events.” [laughter] Things just turned around
for her dramatically. If Klobuchar had not finished
so strong in New Hampshire, it might have been the
end of her campaign. “If you are tired of the
extremes in our politics, and you are tired of the
noise and the nonsense, you have a home with me.” She gets the chance to fight
onward to Nevada and South Carolina
and Super Tuesday. I would not make
any plans that are based on knowing a
Democratic nominee anytime soon. Well, I am going
to Las Vegas next, so I probably would have
a chance to do that.