CONCORD, N.H. -- Speaking at a chilly apple orchard here Hillary Clinton stressed her ability to work with Republicans as a young lawyer, first lady and a US Senator.
"Back when I was running in 2000, people wondered whether as a Senator I could work with Republicans. And I believe that there were probably some bets taken on that," Clinton said. "And the people who made those bets, at least against me, didn't know me very well, didn't know what I've done for 35 years, didn't follow the arc of my life and my career where what I have always been interested in is trying to make life better for people."
To back up her message of bi-partisanship she mentioned her collaboration with Republican US Senators Lindsey Graham and James Inhofe, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Her trip to New Hampshire today and tomorrow comes at a time when Clinton is fiercely defending any minor lead she has in the state while her support appears to be falling in Iowa. Polls in New Hampshire this past week show her in a competitive race against Barack Obama.
She also began asking for the vote.
"Give me the chance," she said.