Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio travels to New Hampshire, stoking 2016 speculation

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was set to plant his 2016 flag in New Hampshire on Friday with a trio of events and meetings with state reporters.

The first event was a fundraiser, in Boston actually, for New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who was elected in 2010 with Rubio and could be a key ally for the Florida Republican if he runs for president.

In 2013, Rubio used his Reclaim America PAC to run TV ads defending Ayotte for her vote against gun background checks.

Around noon Rubio was scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Bedford, near Manchester, for the Republican State Committee. Tickets were $500 and the event will feature former Sen. Judd Gregg and a number of local officials.

In the evening Rubio was set to appear at a fundraising dinner for the Rockingham County Republican Committee, where he would deliver a speech that is open to reporters.

In between he planned to meet with local reporters, including a sit-down at the far-reaching TV station WMUR and a meeting with the Union-Leader of Manchester, an influential conservative voice in the state.

Rubio's trip comes as potential Republican candidates have begun to visit the first-in-the nation primary state. Recent visitors have included Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Though Rubio hasn't been to New Hampshire in about two years, GOP leaders say the field is as wide open as it has been in decades.

"I'm pretty sure he's going to be making more trips up there," said Regina Birdsell, chairwoman of the Rockingham GOP. Asked if Rubio is a viable candidate she said, "Only time will tell. There's a lot of them out there. There's a lot we haven't even heard from yet. The Republicans have a really good bench."

Recent polls have shown Paul ahead and Rubio having slid from past surveys. He took a beating from conservative activists for his role in immigration reform. But Andy Smith, a pollster with the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, said voters at this early state are likely reacting to name recognition. Paul has made a number of visits and his father, Ron Paul, was a popular former presidential candidate among the state's libertarian-leaning voters.

"Nobody is out of the game," Smith said, adding that immigration is not as hot an issue in the state as other parts of the country. "There are so many Republican candidates that it's not going to be a defining issue. You could alienate a big chunk of the voters because of immigration and still be in very good shape."

Rubio, who turns 43 later this month, has said he'll make a decision by the end of the year or early next year whether to run for president, seek re-election or leave elective politics.

Contact Alex Leary at [email protected]

Comments

Sean Hannity, a Trump defender, under scrutiny for real estate deals

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)ATLANTA — On his Fox News program last summer, Sean Hannity effused praise for his guest, U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson. "I know you have done a good job," Hannity said. "You are a good man."Carson’s presence gav...
Published: 04/23/18
Having Cuba in the name of your company can be a financial risk and there is no solution

Having Cuba in the name of your company can be a financial risk and there is no solution

With the third largest Cuban American population, Cuba’s culture is celebrated throughout the Tampa Bay area and in a diversity of ways.Flags hang in homes, fashion is worn, music performed, food served.But be wary of honoring that heritage by puttin...
Published: 04/23/18
Trump says he doesn’t think personal lawyer will ‘flip’

Trump says he doesn’t think personal lawyer will ‘flip’

WEST PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn’t expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen’s business dealings. Trump, in a series of tweets fired from Florida o...
Published: 04/21/18

Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

WASHINGTON — Now it’s President Donald Trump’s turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relat...
Published: 04/21/18
Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

The writer of the letter sounds hysterical. Perhaps a little desperate. And maybe that’s just who Marion Hammer is these days.Most of the world knows her as the take-no-prisoners maven of the National Rifle Association who directs Florida politicians...
Published: 04/21/18
Rick Scott’s term limits idea: Hugely popular and highly unrealistic

Rick Scott’s term limits idea: Hugely popular and highly unrealistic

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott’s first policy idea as a U.S. Senate candidate won’t happen and most of his fellow Republicans don’t support it.But it’s a surefire applause line at political rallies.Scott wants term limits for members of Congress: 12 ye...
Published: 04/23/18
Ex-FBI deputy director ‘disappointed’ in Comey comments

Ex-FBI deputy director ‘disappointed’ in Comey comments

WASHINGTON — Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, is "very upset and disappointed" by comments made by his former boss James Comey that contradict his account of a disclosure to the news media, McCabe’s lawyer said Friday. "Andy has at all ...
Published: 04/20/18
Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

The one thing you can say for sure about electing a mayor in Tampa is you can’t really say anything for sure.Historical proof: A couple of elections ago, Harvard-educated hometown-boy-gone-to-Washington Frank Sanchez was going to be our next mayor, h...
Published: 04/20/18
Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Today across America, high school students are expected to walk out of class in their latest show of solidarity against gun violence and elected officials unwilling to do much about it. It marks a grim anniversary — 19 years since Columbine bra...
Published: 04/20/18
Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

TAMPA — For months, Tampa political aficionados have speculated: Will she or won’t she?Does Jane Castor, the city’s first woman police chief and presumed heavyweight mayoral candidate, really want the job? Asked and answered. Castor filed paperwork T...
Published: 04/19/18