Monday Dispatch – last day before election
Snow expected so we got an early start to beat bad weather.
Met Gov. Christie out of the revolving door into the Radisson in Manchester. Relaxed, friendly, shook my hand.
By the time we walk to Bernie Sanders event at the Palace, snow is falling.
Secret Service searches everyone, even press. Audience of 350, press of 150.
Bernie sounding more nasal than usual, must be nursing a cold.
“With the freedom they bought, Wall Street brought this economy into the worst economic downturn since the 1930s.”
“Getting an education in America should not be punished; it should be encouraged.”
Themes are a corrupt American campaign system is undermining democracy.
Democracy is not about billionaires buying elections.
I feel like I’m in a Frank Capra movie and Edward Arnold is about to turn the lights out.
Showtime from 4-6! Guests included Eric Trump, former Congressman, ambassador, and Steve Chaggaris of CBS news. Find on iTunes as podcast or WGCH.com.
We hightail it to Trump rally at Verizon arena, snow coming down. Traffic cop ushers us across a major intersection diagonally across the street- that’s a first. Waaaay around back is press entrance, again secret service, many of them.
It’s a big snow, yet the arena is almost full. Tiny Dancer followed by Andrea Boccelli and the Rolling Stones; I’m at a political rock concert. Crowd a bit scruffy, angry, passionate. The Donald intros his beautiful family, then takes the stage for an hour. Rhetoric in a million directions, constantly interrupts himself with random thoughts and comments, mostly about the nuances and his grievances about the campaign itself. Uses the word “pussy” for mere shock value; the man is a born entertainer, plays to the basest impulses of the crowd. That’s the scary Trump. The inspirational Trump has great ideas and some gutsy convictions. Which one will we get if we elect him?
Tomorrow we begin to find out.