The second in an occasional series where I cover a single Presidential Candidate at multiple event in a day. My coverage of the WRKO event is here & my Bill O’Brien interview is here and my coverage of the Mt. Vernon event is here. (My day of coverage of Ben Carson from mid May is here and here).
After grabbing the directions and putting a bit of a charge in the laptop I headed off to Andover. Apparently the route I took was not as effective as Senator Cruz as he arrived ahead of me.
The event was at a Jim Lyons Barn which had hosted conservative events in the past and was almost a mix of the previous two event, the crowd was nearly as large as the WRKO event but the setting was informal so people were mixing together. Many Massachusetts conservatives were there from Tom Wesley , to Brad Wyatt to Brad Marston.
As thing had not started yet I began interviewing attendees. Bill & Annie were the first to consent
The Senator’s speech was about 20 minutes and other than an interesting JFK impersonation covered a lot of the ground with this new audience that he did in his previous two speeches of the day.
At the end of it he made his “10 vote” pitch that he had made earlier in the day
Unlike the previous two appearances the Senator didn’t do a formal Q & A but he allowed the individual voters to come and talk to him. The large crowd turned that into a long process. Since there wasn’t a formal Q & A I continued doing my regular audience interviews continuing with Ann Knowles and her son.
I noticed fellow citizen journalist Janet Aldrich of the CNS News (who does great work covering the statehouse) and we simultaneously interviewed each other for our sites.
(Yes I said Mt. Auburn instead of Mt. Vernon it was a long day)
After that Janet held my camera as a lady named Christie asked me questions about my scarf while I asked her questions about what she thought of the event.
And then I spoke to Karen Anderson
She noticed that the Senator spent an awful lot of time with the voters and she was right. By the Time Senator Cruz was leaving there was not much daylight left but I kept the camera on in the hopes of getting in a question. Despite the statement by the campaign man he did answer reporters questions as he walked and I managed to get one in at the end on campaigning in Massachusetts
Given the length of the day and the fact that he must be doing this every single day it’s a rather incredible thing that he was so spot on. That bodes well for the potential 3 am phone call.
from there I walked by to the car parked about a qtr mile away interviewing one more couple who were parked near me
And this ended my Saturday day covering Ted Cruz. I will have two short follow-up posts to with analysis and thoughts.
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