Medford man immersed in political trail

MEDFORD, ORE. —  As Republicans and Democrats battle for their parties presidential nomination, a Rogue Valley Man’s right in the thick of it, living his dream.

Peter Sage is a familiar name in local politics, he was a Jackson County Commissioner in the 1980’s.
But now, he’s getting a different perspective on politics traveling to the battleground state of New Hampshire.

“Some people go elk hunting, others go scuba diving, and I’m going on a political vacation,” Sage joked as he Facetimed with NBC5 News.

“My goal is to experience these events without the media, not by watching watching them on television but by seeing them in real life, and it’s been kind of fun,” he explained.

Sage is blogging about his experience online, stopping at rallies for both parties, and with a total of 22 candidates, his schedule is jam packed.

Sage was in the audience at Donald Trump’s rally Thursday night and said being there in person gave him a different perspective of what viewers at home saw.

“There was 25 cameras on him and probably 10 cameras on the questioner. My question is what was going on in the crowd, and I think the lack of crowd response was part of the story.”

Despite being 416 days away from the election, Sage says it seems much closer it New Hampshire.

“It sounds crazy by Southern Oregon standards but people here are completely inundated with political ads. A little insight I wouldn’t have gotten,” he said.

Sage is hoping to translate that insight onto his blog posts, giving political insiders from far away an inside look from the actual campaign trail.

If you’d like to read his blog, click here.

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