First in Ground Game: With roughly 20 Republicans actively looking at running for president in New Hampshire, each candidate will need to scrap it out to build a campaign team.
This is why it is not insignificant that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has picked up her first big endorsement in the Granite State. New Hampshire House Labor Committee Chairman Will Infantine says he is endorsing Fiorina and will serve as a co-chair of the campaign along with other to be announced later.
“I think it is time for a business person with executive experience to be our next president and to shake things up a bit in Washington. Carly knows the economy, knows how to negotiate, and knows international business and foreign affairs.” Infantine said.
Fiorina — and 18 other Republican White House hopefuls — will be in New Hampshire this weekend.
Chris Christie to address entitlement reform in major policy speech Tuesday on WMUR: “In a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College, the prospective presidential candidate will put forward ‘a detailed proposal to address our long-term entitlements crisis,’ according to his PAC, Leadership Matters for America.”
Vigil for Obukhov sisters offers comfort for hurting community in the The Union Leader: “Hundreds gathered outside the Bedford Presbyterian Church Monday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of Katherine and Elizabeth Obukhov — two young sisters who, officials say, were likely gunned down by their own mother — a chance to share in their grief and begin to heal from a tragedy that has rocked the community.”
Pataki social media campaign seeks voter questions in The Union Leader: “[George] Pataki’s political committee launched a website — WethepeopleNH.com — to accept questions, and it has a social media campaign to encourage people to ask questions via YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, using the hashtag #AskPataki.”
Hassan wants N.H. to follow EPA Clean Power Plan despite objection from McConnell in the Concord Monitor: “Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconsider his stance on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, meant to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. ”
Clinton picks Monticello to kick off presidential campaign in The Cedar Rapids Gazette: “The visit to the town of about 4,000 people between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque highlights both Clinton’s commitment to education as a means to economic security as well as her plan to ‘touch communities that don’t always get visits from presidential campaigns,’ according to a campaign aide.”
Clinton in Iowa: Will going small help her win big? in The Des Moines Register: “It’s a way for [Hillary] Clinton to acknowledge the best part of the traditional campaign for the Iowa caucuses — courting voters face to face — while making that process work for her. It’s an opportunity to answer critics who say she’s too removed from average Americans by building her campaign, at least for now, around the sort of retail politics that works best in Iowa and New Hampshire.”
Rubio could encounter obstacles in Iowa, GOP activists say in The Des Moines Register: “U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s race to the White House will run through Iowa, but his stand on immigration and his parallels to another young senator who ran for president could present obstacles in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Republican activists said.”
Donald Trump: Don’t politicize Walter Scott shooting in the Charleston Post and Courier: “New York real estate mogul Donald Trump called the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott a ‘catastrophe’ and ‘horrible,’ but said he didn’t think the death should be politicized as part of the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”
SC senators to introduce plan to insure nearly 200,000 working poor in The State: “A bipartisan group of South Carolina senators will introduce a proposal Tuesday to allow about 194,000 uninsured state residents to use federal and state dollars to buy private health insurance.” (Gov. Nikki Haley opposes the idea.)
Boston Globe by Jim O’Sullivan: Rubio will headline fund-raiser Thursday in Boston
Boston Globe by Christina Prignano: Clinton’s ‘road trip’ includes Chipotle pit stop
Associated Press: Rubio in search of a window of presidential opportunity
National Journal: The Great Risk in Marco Rubio’s 2016 Run
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