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Diner thrives with politics on the menu

N.H. diner hopping during presidential campaigns and in between

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Fox News political reporter Carl Cameron is in the middle of a live broadcast from the cramped, 36-seat Red Arrow Diner, a popular photo opportunity stop for political campaigns swinging through New Hampshire before the state’s presidential primaries.

Between balancing plates of eggs Benedict and pouring cups of coffee, waitress Elaine Boule grabbed a Flip video camera to catch the reporter’s spiel. She will tape scenes like that for the cable network C-SPAN, a favorite of political junkies. After years of feeding the politicians and reporters who rush to New Hampshire for presidential primaries, the Red Arrow waitresses have become skilled at navigating TV shoots. “It gets a little hard on us girls to move around the crowds,’’ said Boule.

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