Not what you'd call a flying start:
"It was short," said Richard Heitmiller of Nashua. "He's got a nice voice. But there was nothing there. He's for apple pie and motherhood. He's going to have to say what he's for."
Heitmiller said he hadn't made up his mind about whom to support way too early and had come to learn more about this man he'd heard about but never seen.
"People want to get to know him. He hasn't been here, and he gives a nine-minute speech," he said dismissively. As Thompson exited, people started making their way to the doors midway through a reception.
"I told my wife we'd get home by 8. We'll get home a lot earlier than that," Heitmiller said.
I can't see anything beyond the hype myself.