by Emily Larsen · September 9, 2019
Kamala Harris’ campaign staff accidentally left an internal memo at a Manchester, New Hampshire, restaurant that was intended to prepare the California senator for questions about her poor poll numbers and limited number of presidential campaign stops in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
The “Briefings and Talking Points” memo obtained by Politico also included details about Harris’ relationships with New Hampshire individuals and Democratic politicians and provided insight into party influencers Harris is targeting. In July, she had dinner with Bill Shaheen, husband of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and automatic delegate to the 2020 Democratic convention in Milwaukee, and had lunches with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and state Sen. Martha Hennessy.
“You haven’t traveled to New Hampshire as frequently as some of your Democratic rivals,” the memo said, anticipating questions from reporters. “Is the state a priority for your campaign?”
Talking points to rebuff criticisms included “NH absolutely a priority for my campaign — excited to be back for the convention and other events around the state,” “Lots of voters are starting to tune in right after Labor Day,” and “Fully intend to win” in response to “Path to victory — Summer Slump?”
Harris campaign spokesman Ian Sams said the memo was a “run of the mill” briefing document that is normal for campaigns.
The first question from reporters following her speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday addressed Harris spending less time in the state than some of her primary rivals.
“It’s a very important state, obviously, it’s an early state, and the people of New Hampshire in my experience are — are informed, they make me a better candidate,” Harris said. “So yes, I plan on spending and continuing to spend a lot of time in this great state.”
Harris saw an increase in support in Democratic primary polls following the June primary debate in which she criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for working with segregationist senators in the 1970s to oppose busing. But the bump wore off, and she now polls in the single-digits, while Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont poll in the mid- to high-teens, sometimes surpassing 20%.
“Note: Recent polling- Boston Globe/Suffolk (8/1-8/4) Biden 21%, Sanders 17%, Warren 14%, YOU 8%,” one line in the memo read.
Washington Examiner · by Emily Larsen · September 9, 2019