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As Iowa Votes, Candidates Get Ready for N.H.

February 09, 1988|United Press International

CONCORD, N. H. — Even before the votes were counted Monday in the Iowa caucuses, some of the candidates began to turn their attention to New Hampshire, where the next big test will take place in a week.

Vice President George Bush--heavily favored in the Granite State but trailing Senate Republican leader Bob Dole in Iowa--was not going to stay in Iowa for Monday's results, opting instead to get the jump on Dole for the last week of New Hampshire campaigning before the Feb. 16 primary.

Bush was to arrive in New Hampshire Monday night and begin campaigning early Tuesday with a heavy schedule of appearances at a high school, businesses and several receptions.

Hart in Manchester

Meanwhile, Democrat Gary Hart, whose maverick campaign largely hinges on a good New Hampshire showing, traveled to Manchester, the state's largest city, to spend the night watching the Iowa results.

Almost all of the other candidates plan to take their campaigns to New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon and begin a blitz of appearances.

The only candidate who spent all of Monday in New Hampshire was former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr., who decided not to compete in Iowa.

Haig, at a factory in Milford, N. H., charged that the Iowa caucus system was too dependent on organization and favored well-financed candidates. In contrast, he contended, "New Hampshire is more representative of our nation as a whole.

'Have to Buy Votes'

"The caucus system is a system in which you have to buy your votes," Haig contended. "Only 10% of Republicans will even be included . . . most of them are bused in, fed and brought into rooms where whoever screams the loudest wins."

He noted that the only hope he had for votes in Iowa was "if some of the pigs I courted out there come in and squeak at one of those caucus meetings."

Haig said he had been focusing on New Hampshire "so the people don't let political bosses decide for them."

He tried to set himself apart from Bush and Dole and, referring to the recent war of words between his two rivals, noted: "The two front-runners are going to humiliate the Republican Party by their bickering."

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