En route to a clambake on the beach here Thursday evening, Sarah Palin stopped at the Yankee Fishermen’s Cooperative to talk with fishermen and pet a lobster.
And though she left her bus at the hotel where she and her family will be spending the night to travel by SUV, Palin confirmed that the One Nation tour would soon continue, telling local ABC affiliate WMUR that she intends to take the tour West after a few days off.
At the fishing docks, the 2008 vice presidential nominee spent much of her time with Charles Felch, a fisherman for 44 years and owner of the Lady Victoria, a cod and lobster fishing boat.
“It is survival, it is,” Palin said, commiserating with Felch over the difficulties of the fishing business.
Palin’s husband, Todd, is also a commercial fisherman.
Palin used the opportunity to rail against recently tightened fishing regulations, which she said have hit New Hampshire fishermen especially hard because the state’s coastline was so short.
The regulations, Palin said, were the result of “overly cautious environmental concerns.”
Felch came away impressed.
“She’s great, I like her,” he said, adding that he would vote for her.
He wasn’t the only one.
Felch’s son, unloading fish from the boat, called up to Palin, “the government screwed us so bad, I’m definitely a part of the tea party movement.”
Palin went for the picture perfect moments, standing on the dock with her hair blowing in the wind as the fish were unloaded and then heading inside, where she inspected some of the catch.
Palin’s tour has been attracting interest at every stop. It even caught the attention of former Gov. John Sunnunu, who arrived at the clambake on Thursday evening after spending part of the day at former Gov. Mitt Romney’s formal campaign kick-off earlier in the day at a New Hampshire farm….
After the clambake, Palin is set to attend a tea party gathering at the home of the grandfather local activist Andy Davis. Explaining why he’ll get to host the former governor, Davis said that he had worked with Palin for years.