A day after Senator Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat, announced he was thinking of running for president in 2008, some in New Hampshire were almost downright giddy that they would get to see him.
“I think that he has to be one of the front runners, if not the front-runner because he offers something no one else does. He is a fresh face with the obvious capacity to bring people together,” said two-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul McEachern of Portsmouth.
Asked if he could support Obama, McEachern, an influential progressive, said “absolutely”.
Obama, who is only 45 and has spent just two years in the Senate, has been hinting at a run for president as he promotes his new book, “The Audacity of Hope”.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama said he has begun thinking about running for president, after months of denials on the subject.
One Democratic operative with Iowa and New Hampshire experience has already helped organize a Draft Obama campaign.
Kris Schultz, who worked for Al Gore in Iowa and ran a New Hampshire gubernatorial campaign before becoming the N.H. Democratic Party’s Executive Director, said she is “willing to do anything, like pick up paper clips” for Obama.
“There is nothing bad that can come from an Obama race,” said Schultz.
Obama has yet to visit New Hampshire, but was in Iowa last month.