tv [untitled] February 6, 2016 7:02pm-7:06pm EST
>> now we're joined by arnie arnesen, who is stepping away from her radio microphone to join us on television this morning. she's the host of the attitude arnesen on wnhn-fm. arnie, it was a year ago that a lesser-known senator named bernie sanders joined you at a the you owned, close no state capital there, to talk about possibly running for president. expectations like in the room? we're showing the picture of the in late january. what were the expectations like candidacy?s >> let me just set this up. i live in a house that is known as beingw hampshire the house where presidential candidates come. he was a powerful democrat. was a powerful republican. so jimmy carter has slept in this house. in thisnton spoke house. house.e spoke in this my husband, who recently died,
was a libertarian. who has a history of presidential candidates coming and making their pitch and then we find out whether they actually ultimately become president of the united states. i have known bernie sanders for years.y about 25 i did radio in white river junction, vermont. covering political issues, at that time he was the only congressman. only have one in state of vermont. who would i have to talk to but bernie? known each other for a long time. in january of 2015, i get a phone call. it's bernie sanders. says, arnie? can i borrow the house? and i said, borrow the house? why? he said, i think i'm contemplating running for president. well, two things. i'm in the media. i don't endorse. course you can borrow the house! the house is always open and available to presidents in waitering. so bernie shows up at the house. lift ahim i wouldn't finger. i'd open the doors, provide
bottles of water, but that would it. 150 people show up. i'm like, where did they come from? we were like laughing! the room got really full! expectednow nobody anybody. i think the concord monitor sent was atorter, because it arnie's house. so he goes on. he starts talking and talking and talking. and people are excited. mem you're hearing -- the message you're hearing today is pretty much the message you heard back then. but then i raised my hand. i said, but, bernie, you haven't the $64,000 question. which party? because remember, he's an independent. and he took a breath. he said, um, democrat. easy, i think, in the beginning. but let me just assure you, i sort of smiled at him and i been a democrat my whole life. sometimes it's not easy for me either. and that's how it started.
did anyone think it would be today?is that he would have crowds of 7,000, 10,000? mean, i was blown away by 150 people! at i house. later, he's up 2-1 over hillary clinton, and in new hampshire, three days away from -- >> well, i don't believe that poll. but -- let me just say something. polls.trust the i also know hillary clinton very well. i ran for governor in 1992. 1996.for congress in i was the first woman nominee for government in state history. running fored governor, because i was like such an interesting woman, you bill and hillary clinton were third-string democrats from arkansas. command bigger crowds than them, because who were they? and everyone thought that george would get elected again. so i have known the clintons since 19 91. let me just say two things. bill and hillary clinton have been around here for a long time. they have