KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton has a dismal assessment of the U.S. economy. She says it's "stalled out."
Campaigning for president, Clinton toured a wood furniture factory in Keene, New Hampshire, on Monday. It's her first visit to the early primary state since she launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As she showed in Iowa last week, Clinton is highlighting struggles of "everyday Americans" even if her remarks undercut the message of President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat who sees the economy in a brighter light.
In Keene, Clinton said she came from a small-business family and the country needs to do more to help entrepreneurs. As she put it: "It's not enough just to tread water."
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Road tripping for her new campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton is in New Hampshire to try to recapture the magic of the 2008 Democratic primary victory that gave that year's faltering effort a second wind.
As she did in Iowa last week, Clinton is forgoing the packed rallies that marked her previous presidential campaign and focusing on smaller roundtable events with supporters. And, also like last week, she again traveled from her New York home in a van nicknamed Scooby, though not nearly as far.
She arrived in the pouring rain Monday for a stop at a bakery in the liberal enclave of Keene, where she ordered black tea with milk and signed "I love you" to a deaf server while settling down at a table with patrons.
She was also visiting employees of Whitney Brothers Inc., a small business that makes wood furniture, before a roundtable event on Tuesday with students and teachers at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.
Clinton, who eventually lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, came to New Hampshire this time as the party's leading candidate and so far faces little opposition. Nevertheless, her campaign is determined to show early-state voters that she is taking nothing for granted.
New Hampshire has long been fertile ground for the Clinton family. In 1992, a second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary made Bill Clinton the "comeback kid," refueling his effort to capture the Democratic nomination and, eventually, the White House. Sixteen years later, a win in New Hampshire salvaged Hillary Clinton's campaign after a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses and propelled her into a months-long battle for the nomination finally won by then-Sen. Obama.
Last year, when Clinton spoke to a rally in New Hampshire before the midterm elections, she recalled the 2008 campaign: "You lifted me up, you gave me my voice back, you taught me so much about grit and determination. And I will never forget that."