At Eatery Where New Hampshire Democrats Ambushed Rick Perry, Beto O'Rourke Gets Warmer Welcome

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.--El Paso Democrat Beto O'Rourke started Day 8 of his presidential campaign at one of those iconic New Hampshire venues that has seen would-be presidents come and go: Popovers on the Square.Darcy Horgan, 64, a retiree who lives in nearby Newcastle, N.H., arrived nearly an hour before the Texan was due, only to find the place already packed. Employees locked the front door and for a while, wouldn't even let O'Rourke's two advance staffers in."I want to see what all the excitement is about," Horgan said. "He needs a bigger venue. It's absurdly small."Only a dozen or so people were ahead of her on line. She never did get inside, though a campaign aide grabbed a milk crate and O'Rourke climbed up and gave an abbreviated version of his stump speech outside, where it was about 35 degrees.The nearly 100 people cheered.It was a much warmer welcome than the one that greeted another Texan back in August 2011.Rick Perry, now Secretary of Energy, was Texas governor at the time and the man of the hour in the GOP presidential field -- focus of more buzz than attends O'Rourke at the moment, and the El Paso Democrat has a decent amount of buzz.  Continue reading...

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