Here's a collection of statements from presidential candidates voicing their support of Bill Gardner's decision.
Statement from New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley:
"I'm very happy to hear that we have a date for our primary. Now we can all enjoy our holiday and the campaigns can make their final preparations."
Governor Bill Richardson:
"I congratulate Bill Gardner for successfully defending New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary and preserving the very special role played by discerning New Hampshire voters."
Senator John Edwards:
“I am pleased that New Hampshire will retain its rightful place as the first-in-the-nation primary. I applaud Bill Gardner's work to protect New Hampshire's significance in our nominating process. The New Hampshire primary is critical because voters in New Hampshire take their responsibility seriously: they listen to the candidates, look them in the eye, ask them tough questions and size them up. In New Hampshire, ideas truly matter more than money and that is precisely why this is anyone's race."
Governor Mitt Romney:
"It is good news that New Hampshire's traditional role in the process has been maintained. I will work to ensure that all New Hampshire's delegates are seated at the Convention."
Senator Hillary Clinton:
"I support New Hampshire's special role in the primary process, and I look forward to discussing the important issues in this race with Granite State voters over the next 47 days."
Senator Barack Obama:
“The New Hampshire Primary plays a vital role in our Democracy. It allows voters to get to know the candidates up close—to ask tough questions and see who is trustworthy to lead this country forward. We’ve built an unmatched grassroots organization in New Hampshire, and we’re looking forward to sending a clear message on Primary Day that the American people want change they can believe in.”
Senator Chris Dodd:
"By setting January 8th as the date of New Hampshire's Primary, Secretary Gardner has provided certainty for voters and maintained New Hampshire's traditional role as the first in the nation primary. I'm looking forward to a vigorous campaign and presenting my record of results to the people of New Hampshire."