UPDATE, Monday, Jan. 12:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has slated four open meetings in the Manchester-Concord area for Wednesday as he makes his first visit fully focusing on his potential presidential plans.
Paul was in the state several times last year campaigning for New Hampshire Republicans running in the midterm election and building his own relationships with key Republicans. He keynoted the NHGOP post-primary election Unity Breakfast in September. But now, with upcoming presidential campaign beginning to attract attention, Paul’s schedule shows he is looking ahead to a presidential candidacy.
He has begun building an organization in the state through thechief strategist for his leadership PAC, RANDPAC, Mike Biundo of Manchester.
On Wednesday, Paul will begin with an 8 a.m. “Legislative Leader Meeting & Breakfast” at Murphy’s Diner, 516 Elm St., Manchester. He will then hold a private meeting with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at City Hall.
At 12 noon he will host a question-and-answer event on the Second Amendment at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club, which is located in Litchfield at 5 Lund St.
At 2 p.m. he will tour the Founders Academy on Perimeter Road in Manchester and then hold a question-and-answer session on the federal Common Core program at the site.
Paul will wrap up the day with a 4 p.m. “Business Leaders and Activists Meeting” at The Draft, 67 S. Main St., Concord. The pub is owned by state Sen. Andy Sanborn and his wife, state Rep. Laurie Sanborn.
Paul’s visit comes less than a week after 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told donors in New York that he is considering running for President for a third time. Paul’s father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, finished second to Romney in the 2012 New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
(Our earlier reports on the Paul visit follow.)
UPDATE, Monday, Jan. 12:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has announced two stops for his Wednesday visit to New Hampshire, with others expected to be announced later today.
Paul will attend a “”Legislative Leaders Breakfast” early Wednesday at Murphy’s Diner in Manchester. He will also attend a Second Amendment question-and-answer session at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club at about 12 noon, as reported below.
UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 9:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has scheduled one stop for his visit to first-primary state New Hampshire next Wednesday, with others to be announced in the next few days.
According to Mike Biundo, chief strategist for RANDPAC, Paul will hold a question and answer session on the Second Amendment at the Londondery Fish and Game Club on Jan. 14 at 12 noon.
Paul, a likely presidential contender. will be returning to the state for the first time since the midterm election.
Biundo said other stops are being planned but have not been finalized
(Our earlier report follows.)
THURSDAY, JAN. 8:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will make first trip to New Hampshire since the midterm elections next Wednesday, Jan. 14, the New Hampshire Journal has learned.
Republican Paul has been moving toward a run for President for several months, while he is also running for reelection to the U.S. Senate.
This week, Paul introduced legislation on Capitol Hill that would block U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until its leaders withdraw their request to join the International Criminal Court, according to reports.
Sources say Paul will spend a full day in first-primary state New Hampshire for meetings and event. Details have yet to be finalized and will be announced.
Paul was last in the state the week before the midterm election, campaigning for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown and other New Hampshire Republicans. He was also the keynote speaker at the NHGOP “Unity Breakfast” event following the September primary election.
Paul is the third potential Republican presidential hopeful to book a trip to New Hampshire. Former New York Gov. George Pataki has scheduled a visit for Sunday and Monday, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced a trip to the state on Feb. 11 and 12.