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January 7, 2008

Our Man In New Hampshire #3: McCain/Lieberman '08

This is the third in a series of campaign dispatches from photojournalist and BNN Contributer Alan Chin.  These shots were taken on Friday at the Derry Town Hall. It was the event where McCain responded to a question about the Iraq occupation by warning of a 100 year commitment.

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The preliminaries



Notice Lieberman also toting a microphone.  Although the press seemed to ignore it, the event in Derry was as much a joint appearance.  Chin notes that Lieberman held the floor almost as long as McCain.  Alan adds:  ” Lieberman stands at McCain’s side like some ghost of electoral perversity.  Imagine the thought of the vice presidential loser of one political party repeating the feat for the other party?


Obama’s is not the only one who has been rocking the youth vote. Although he’s been an insider almost forever, McCain’s M.O. as a maverick has been creating buzz also.


Cindy McCain




McCain does everything he can to plays on his military record, and specifically, his POW status — even though he’s been a pinball on the Iraq war.





McCain’s strategy, dramatically different from most other candidates, is to provide abundant access. If the press loves it — helping explain why his coverage, at least since Iowa, has been so stellar — the downside, as a NYT article described this week, is that typically, McCain is overly blunt and oppositional with these town hall audiences.

McCain: “Make it 100! (video: YouTube)

McCain Mixes It Up on a Town-Hall Tour (NYT)

McCain Flip Flops Again: 100 Years In Iraq ‘Would Be Fine With Me,’ Even ‘A Million Years’ — McCain Flip On Korea (ThinkProgress)

Why reporters fawn over McCain? …Unfettered Access. (Carpetbagger)

Obama not the only one rocking youth vote (Eat The Press)

McCain Mixes It Up on a Town-Hall Tour (NYT)

Next Up: Barack Obama

(All images courtesy Alan Chin.  Derry, New Hampshire.  January 4, 2007  Used by permission)

About the Photographer

Alan Chin

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, and throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. In the US, Alan has explored the South, following the historic trail of the civil rights movement and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, covered multiple presidential campaigns, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek/Daily Beast and The New York Times, a member of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), and an editor at You can see all Alan's posts for BagNews here.

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