Primary 2016

1.15.15: The Invisible Primary and Authentic Brands

Jan 15, 2015
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New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary may be a year away, but presidential hopefuls are already jockeying for position. Today,we’ll talk about why you should forget election fatigue and start paying attention to the race now – and we'll talk about signs that a politician is considering a run at the presidency.

And we'll continue our series on offbeat college courses, the Uncommon Core, with Beauty Pageants 101.

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Pity the poor guys who are trying to run for president while still serving as governors.

All the media attention this week went to former Govs. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, because Romney suddenly decided to call in his chits and get back in the presidential conversation for 2016. Virtually every news organization in North America instantly got wide-eyed about it.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, is returning to New Hampshire with a full day of events including meetings with lawmakers, activists and business leaders.

Paul's visit will begin Wednesday with a breakfast in Manchester with state legislators. He'll then meet privately with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, attend a pro-Second Amendment rally, speak at a forum on Common Core, tour a charter school and end the day meeting with business leaders and activists.

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

Sen. Elizabeth Warren failed to stop a change in bank regulations last weekend, but she raised her profile yet again.

The Massachusetts Democrat tells NPR that her fight over a provision in a spending bill was a "warning shot." She intends to continue her fight against what she describes as the power of Wall Street, even though that fight brought her to oppose leaders of her own party.

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Former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina is returning to New Hampshire to discuss proposed solutions to the economic challenges facing the state and nation.

Fiorina, a Republican and former candidate for U.S. Senate in California, has made several trips this year to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. On Friday, she'll be the keynote speaker at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Independent Business Council of New Hampshire and Republican Frank Guinta, who was elected to the U.S. House last month.

NHPR Staff

In an early, hypothetical matchup in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney leads the pack of possible Republican presidential candidates.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got 30 percent of the vote in a poll of New Hampshire voters earlier this month.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of two independents in the Senate. Now, the self-described socialist says he may run for president.

Sanders is aligned with Senate Democrats, but he has spoken lately of a problem with the Democratic coalition that elected President Obama. He says working-class white voters have abandoned Democrats in large numbers. The party, he says, has "not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests."

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Texas Governor Rick Perry’s itinerary  -- meetings with core Republican activists, stops at colleges, and a speech at an event celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps – was very much that of a candidate. 

In his remarks at the Marine event, Perry cited Russia, Iran, and ISIS, as reasons why the U.S. cannot afford a foreign policy, that is, as he put it, “lacking in clarity.” 

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New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire for a fifth time this year to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie and Havenstein will greet voters at MacKenna's Restaurant in New London on Monday afternoon. Havenstein faces Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in Tuesday's election.

Nashua: A Political Crossroads

Oct 30, 2014
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Many national pundits say that if any of the Democratic incumbents at the top of New Hampshire’s ticket lose to the GOP, it’s going to be a good night for Republicans everywhere. If not, then an anticipated GOP wave may prove to be less than tidal.

And in New Hampshire, the first measure of any swell may be taken in Nashua: the state’s second largest city is finding prominence on the state’s political charts.

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Rand Paul, the Republican Kentucky senator who is considering a presidential run in 2016, is coming back to New Hampshire to rally voters ahead of November's election.

It's Paul's second trip in a month to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary. He's visited several times over the past two years and says he'll decide whether to run for president in the spring.

On Thursday, he'll attend get-out-the-vote rallies in Manchester, Concord and Salem and also meet with students at Plymouth State University.

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail with GOP senate candidate Scott Brown Wednesday.

Romney told a crowd of supporters that voting out Jeanne Shaheen was a way to send a message to the the President.

Romney and Brown rallied voters at the Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, a stop Romney used during his presidential run. The former Massachusetts governor said there is a “big ravine” between  what  Jeanne Shaheen says in NH and what she does in Washington, which is support the president’s agenda without fail.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for the fourth time.

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Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was in New Hampshire Tuesday to endorse Republican Scott Brown in the race for U.S. Senate.

Speaking with Brown at an event in Derry that focused on foreign policy, Rubio says re-electing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen would be disastrous.

“Your current United State Senator, if she’s reelected, God forbid, the first vote she will take is to re-elect Harry Reid as the majority leader, someone who uses the United States Senate as a platform to run interference for the failed foreign policy of this president.”

Hillary Clinton's first grandchild has caused the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate to postpone a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for a New Hampshire lawmaker.

Clinton was scheduled to attend a fundraiser with state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, on Tuesday alongside former Massachusetts state Sen. Steve Baddour. Chelsea Clinton gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte, on Friday.

D'Allesandro's office said the fundraiser has not been rescheduled yet.

Walt Havenstein campaigned at a Manchester charter school with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports the GOP gubernatorial hopeful met with students and pressed the message that NH needs more choice in public education.

Walt Havenstein and Bobby Jindal toured classrooms at Polaris charter school on Manchester’s West Side. Along the way,  Havenstein took some blunt questions from the students.

"Why do you want to run for governor?"

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for two education related campaign stops.

Josh Rogers

Republican senate candidate Scott Brown was riding high yesterday. His campaign was lifted by some positive poll numbers, and by a visit from a one of his party's brightest lights, NJ Governor  Chris Christie. Democrats fought back with some lower-profile visitors,  ones from Brown’s former home-state of Massachusetts. 

If you believe the rhetoric coming from the camps of  Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, you might call this race the Carpetbagger vs. the Obamabot.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is making his third trip to New Hampshire to campaign with the Republicans topping the party's ticket this November.

Christie will campaign Wednesday with gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein in Nashua then join U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown for a rally in Salem.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

 

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has plans to endorse Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown this afternoon among college students at UNH. Last night, Paul addressed a similar demographic at an event in Manchester.

Before 150 or so young people brought together by GenOpp – a liberty-minded youth activism nonprofit – Rand Paul hammered away at issues many millenials say they care about: from the President’s power to declare war, to the NSA, to Guantanamo Bay:

Associated Press

Senator Rand Paul, a possible candidate for president in 2016, is headed to New Hampshire again.

On Thursday night, Paul will attend a gathering of Generation Opportunity, a conservative group with links to billionaires Charles and David Koch.

On Friday, he'll headline a Republican party "Unity Breakfast" to rally the party after this week's primary.

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he's ruling out another run for the White House in 2016.

Huntsman told reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday that he was replying with a "strong no" when asked if he would enter the upcoming presidential race.

Huntsman briefly ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Earlier this year, Huntsman said he was open to another bid, but he later told the Deseret News he had no plans for a campaign.

As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' beleaguered health care system, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist.

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