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Old October 19th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Drive for Change: Nashua, NH with Sen. John Kerry

It was a crisp New England morning in the parking lot of Hope High School, where nearly 200 volunteers met before sunrise to travel to New Hampshire. Spirits were high -- they knew that with only 17 days to go until the election, every hour counts in the battle to keep New Hampshire blue. Chaz traveled to Rhode Island from Mystic, Connecticut on the advice of a good friend.

I wanted to be part of the team - to help get out the vote for Barack because I know that New Hampshire is a crucial state.

Chaz was joined by Danielle, the co-president of the Salve Regina Democrats, and a native of Warwick, Rhode Island. After starting Salve's chapter of the college Democrats last Spring, she knew that it was important for them to come out and work for the change we need in New Hampshire.

We know that Rhode Island is a blue state, and we know that New Hampshire is at stake. We had a bunch of us that had fire in our bellies, and said let's go up there and make a difference. We've been really fired up coming in this year, having Barack as our nominee and being able to do things like this.

After spending the morning knocking on thousands of doors, the Rhode Island volunteers met up with volunteers from across the Northeast at the Nashua field office to hear some words from Congressman Paul Hodes and Senator John Kerry.

Congressman Hodes spoke to the crowd about the importance of canvassing: "Every single contact that you have will make the difference in this race...we're counting on you to help turn America around." Senator Kerry spoke about the power of persuasion that person to person contact carries.

We need every single one of you to use every ounce of your persuasive power...when you do, you're going to make the difference of a lifetime. Let's go out and make the difference.

The volunteers then headed back out into the field -- they're only just now returning from their second round of canvassing. There are 17 days left before election day, and our battleground is expanding across the country. Even if you don't live in a battleground state, there's one within driving distance. Sign up today to drive for change to a nearby state - every single volunteer makes a difference.

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