After the storm: Parade of likely candidates to begin this weekend

This week begins a parade of potential presidential candidates returning to New Hampshire through much of February as attention on the first-in-the-nation primary ramps up.


Jan. 29 and 30: Jim Gilmore: Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will return to New Hampshire on Thursday and Friday for appearances with local veterans in Pelham, at Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett and local radio interviews.


Jan. 31, Bernie Sanders: On Saturday at 3 p.m., independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the special guest at a house party hosted by outspoken radio talk show host and former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Arnie Arnesen at her home in Concord. Sanders has been in the state often over the past several months, and on a conference call with progressive activists hosted by Democracy for America last week, he said he was seriously considering running. He said he had not yet decided whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination or as an independent in the general election.


But Sanders said he has no intention of running merely as a “spoiler.”


Feb. 2: John Bolton: Republican former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will be in the state on Monday, Feb. 2 as the featured speaker at a “Politics and Eggs” event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.


Feb. 3 and 4: George Pataki: Republican Former New York Gov. George Pataki postponed his two-day trip to New Hampshire this week due to the snowstorm, but he will return on Feb. 3 and 4, with stops in Keene and at Saint Anselm College.

Feb. 10: Carly Fiorina: Republican former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is scheduled to return to the state on Feb. 10 for a “Politics and Eggs” appearance at the  Bedford Village Inn and then an afternoon appearance in Concord.


Feb. 11-12: Rick Perry: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return to the state on Feb. 11 and 12 for several appearances. On Feb. 11, he will appear at a business roundtable at Altos in Bedford and at a Seacoast Republican Women’s Club dinner at the Portsmouth Country Club. On Feb. 12, he will keynote the Strafford County Lincoln Day Dinner at Cottage-by-the-Bay in Dover.


Feb. 16: Chris Christie: Republican New Jersey gov. Chris Christie will return to the state on Feb. 16 to keynote the Merrimack County/Concord City Republican Committee at the Grappone Center in Concord. It will be Christie’s first appearance in New Hampshire since Nov. 3, the day before the midterm election and his first appearance since establishing a leadership PAC to raise money to fund his travels as he considers a run for President. Working for the PAC in New Hampshire will be Matt Mowers, who is leaving his post as New Hampshire Republican Party Executive Director at the end of this week.

Week of Feb. 23: Sources have told the New Hampshire Journal that Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will likely return to the state during this week as part of his book tour and as he further considers running for President.


Feb. 24: Bob Ehrlich: Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich will return to the state on Feb. 24 with an appearance at a “Politics and Eggs” event and other events yet to be announced.

Author: John DiStaso

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