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Obama toasts New Hampshire voters

NASHUA, N.H. – Another swing state. Another beer run for President Obama.

Obama has been using stops at bars and restaurants during his campaign visits to swing states to show off his common man touch, and Saturday was no different when he swung by The Common Man tavern in Merrimack, N.H., after a rally in nearby Nashua.

President Obama shares a toast with customers in the bar at the Common Man restaurant in Merrimack, N.H., Oct. 27, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst -- Reuters)

The president surprised the diners when he popped by and worked the crowd. When one woman offered to buy Obama a beer, he insisted on springing for a round, ordering a Bud Light draft. Alas, the tavern did not have that one on tap and instead delivered him a Common Man Ale, which the president quickly pronounced to his liking.
"Cheers everybody. To voting. To America. It doesn't matter what party," Obama said, clinking glasses with patrons, according to a news report. He also asked if they knew about the homemade beer the White House brews, which Obama has passed out on stops in Iowa and Virginia.

"It is outstanding. Got great reviews. New York Times reviewed the beer," Obama said. "I was going to bring you a case, but someone forgot it.”

Obama’s stops at the bars also have had the effect of contrasting him with rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon who does not drink alcohol. During the Al Smith charity dinner in New York two weeks ago, Romney joked that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would prove his divinity by turning Obama’s wine into water and Romney’s water into wine.

Before grabbing a beer, President Obama held a campaign rally in Nashua, N.H. and criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for raising taxes and fees when he was governor of Massachusetts.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.



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