Campaigns heat up in New Hampshire

January 4, 2008 8:39:51 PM PST
The presidential candidates hit New Hampshire hard today, all transformed by what happened last night in Iowa.

Literally overnight -- suddenly everyone is talking change.

The big lesson from Iowa: change trumps experience.

The two least experienced of the top tier candidates are the winners, and listen to what everyone of the rest is saying in New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton is no longer touting experience over change, she's promising change.

"A president who will produce change, just like I've been doing for 35 years," said Senator Hillary Clinton (D) New York.

Mike Huckabee's win last has Mitt Romney changing as fast as he can.

"I changed a business, I helped change the Olympics, I helped change a state," said former Massachusetts governor (R) Mitt Romney.

John Edwards learned the lesson.

"What we learned last night is that the status quo is yesterday that change is tomorrow and tomorrow begins today," said former North Carolina senator (D) John Edwards.

And the change candidates who won last night, Barack Obama is now telling New Hampshire voters he's not like the others.

"Who won't just tell you what you want to hear but will tell you what you need to hear," said Senator Barack Obama (D) Illinois.

What Mike Huckabee wants to hear is that his win in Iowa will travel to New Hampshire, where Evangelicals won't make up the majority of Republican voters.

"Well the momentum starts today and we're coming out of Iowa like a housafire and that's a good thing for us," said former Arkansas governor (R) Mike Huckabee.

But it's John McCain who looks best positioned in New Hampshire at least according to ABC7 political analyst Bruce Cain.

"You also have inside the beltway and in Washington circles a lot of people thinking that McCain matches up best against any Democratic candidate," said ABC7 political analyst Professor Bruce Cain, Ph.D.

Prof. Cain says several polls confirm that.

On the Democratic side, Barack Obama is now a formidable opponent.

"What happened last night really did change conditions and make it a much more even race between Obama and Clinton," said

Professor Cain thinks that the polls that show Senator Hillary Clinton in the lead nationally, no longer reflect the new reality.

On Saturday night, ABC News will host two back-to-back live debates; they will be the last before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

While we've had some less than stellar debates, this two may be worth watching.