“I think we were estimating I meet between 3,000 and 5,000 per week, depending on what’s going on,” he says. “If I stopped for a day, I don’t think I’d be able to resume.”
This small and short meet-and-greet in Ipswich is actually a welcome respite.
“If I am exhausted, the best thing I can do is go out and be at events and meet people. It recharges me,” he says, sipping a Sprite, not a coffee, despite being offered one. “I’ve had so many personal interactions. People tell you what is going on in their life, the hardships they are dealing with.”
Tisei actually seems to enjoy the process, hearing the stories and sharing thousands of moments with thousands of people.
A reporter asks if anything has surprised him in his travels these many months on the trail.
“How enthusiastic people have been for change,” he says. “I’ve met so many people who are frustrated because they are not accepting of the fact that this is the new normal. They think the country can do better.”