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From Paul Steinhauser in the 603 - what to watch:
 

  • Will Warren’s big day be overshadowed?

  • Is Brown’s NH swing a preview of things to come?

  • His top NH friends say it’s been radio silence from Joe Biden

  • A confident long-shot crisscrosses NH

  • A leading Democrat comes to NH to say ‘I’m not running’ for president

 

Warren announcement comes with questions

As she formally declares her candidacy on Saturday (11am ET in Lawrence, Massachusetts), Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s much anticipated announcement is being overshadowed to a degree over lingering questions regarding her longstanding claims of Native American heritage. Warren will say the magical words that she’s running for president at the Everett Mills, site of a famous 1912 textile workers strike, to emphasize the progressive champion’s populist push to fight for working class Americans. THE 603 has confirmed that Warren will be introduced and endorsed by Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, a rising star in the Democratic Party. After her speech, the Bay State senator will beeline across the border north to New Hampshire, to hold an organizing event in Dover. The first-in-the-nation primary state is considered a ‘must win’ for Warren in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Boston Globe 
Concord Monitor

Brown touts his populist credentials
 

Sen. Sherrod Brown said on Friday evening that he’ll put his progressive credentials up against that of any other Democratic presidential contender. “I put my record up against anybody for fighting for workers,” the Democrat from Ohio said when asked by Seacoast Online and Fox News if there’s room for another progressive populist in the White House race. The senator, who is close to deciding on a presidential bid, spoke minutes before he headlined a roundtable discussion in the beach community of Hampton, his first stop in a jam-packed two-day swing through New Hampshire, a trip that may be a preview of things to come.
Seacoast Online
Fox News 
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Where’s Joe?

There’s still tons of speculation regarding whether Joe Biden will or won’t run for the White House again. And national reports indicate the former vice president is closing in on making a decision. But some of his best friends in New Hampshire say they haven’t heard from him lately. Both state House Speaker Steve Shurtleff and longtime state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester have fielded plenty of calls from Democratic presidential candidates and potential contenders in recent weeks. But none of those calls have come from Biden.
Concord Monitor
WMUR

Yang’s long-shot bid 

Andrew Yang, the New York based entrepreneur and White House long shot, spent the week crisscrossing New Hampshire, speaking to Democratic activists and voters. Yang, who’s vowing to give a so-called freedom dividend of $1,000 per month to each adult American if elected president, declared his candidacy a year ago. He told the Concord Monitor on Thursday that the recent entry into the Democratic nomination race by more well-known candidates with much bigger campaign war chests is actually helping rather than hurting his White House bid. “I was just included in the last Monmouth national poll, and I was at one percent nationally, which is tied with Kirsten Gillibrand and other candidates that presumably have a national name,” he touted. And he spotlighted that “every time someone declares their candidacy our traffic spikes, our donations spike, our interest spikes. Because every time someone comes in, people look around and see who’s in the field. People are still looking for options. And the bigger the field, the more fragmented it is, the better it is for us.”
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A Rocky Mountain high in the Granite State

John Hickenlooper, who just finished serving two terms as Colorado’s governor, appears to be moving closer to launching a run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hickenlooper will be making multiple stops in New Hampshire on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 13-14).
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A few days ago, he met with voters and activists in South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary. And two weeks ago, he made the rounds in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar.
Fox News
WMUR

Harris NH bound

Stepping up her travel to the four states that kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced she’ll visit Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina later this month. The Democrat from California and former state attorney general will campaign in South Carolina – the state that holds the first southern primary – on Feb. 15-16. That will be followed by a Feb. 18-19 trip to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House. Harris will campaign in Iowa – which votes first in the nominating calendar – on Feb. 23-24. And she’ll stop in Nevada – which holds the first western contest – Feb. 28-March 1. There were questions and concerns after Harris declared her candidacy last month whether she would emphasize other early voting states at the expense of New Hampshire.
Fox News
WMUR

A leading Democrat comes to NH to say ‘I’m not running’ for president

How refreshing. How different. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff’s trip to New Hampshire on Monday sparked further speculation that the Democratic congressman from California was mulling a White House bid. And at the end of an appearance at ‘Politics and Eggs,’ a speaking series that has become a must stop for presidential contenders, Schiff was asked about his 2020 intentions. His answer: “I’m not running.”
Seacoast Online
Union Leader
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Booker hires strong team in NH

Three days after becoming a candidate for president, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Monday announced the hiring of three New Hampshire campaign staffers. Booker hired veteran operative Erin Turmelle as state campaign director, Sean Downey as senior advisor for New Hampshire and Emma Tyler as deputy state campaign director. Booker’s campaign said the candidate return to New Hampshire on Presidents’ Day weekend, with details of the trip to be announced.
WMUR

Primary Challenge?


A second planned stop in New Hampshire before the end of February is a strong indication that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld will jump in and challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld hasn’t announced his plans, yet. But he’s teased that he’ll talk about a possible candidacy when he speaks at a “Politics and Eggs” on Feb. 15. The speaking series is a must stop for White House hopefuls. But Weld – who was the 2016 Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee -  has scheduled a second visit to New Hampshire. He’ll speak at New England College on Feb. 26 as part of its Center for Civic Engagement’s Town Hall Meeting Series.
WMUR
 

Trump calls for painting the border wall black

One of President Trump’s closest political allies claims he suggested painting parts of the existing wall along the U.S. border with Mexico black in an effort to deter illegal immigration. “He was talking about repainting part of the border wall down in Mexico so it’s hotter in the sun,” said Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump’s presidential campaign from its launch in 2015 until June of 2016 and who remains a close outside political adviser to the president. Lewandowski, who lives in New Hampshire, made his comments Tuesday on "New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath," a popular news-talk morning radio show.
Fox News
LISTEN: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York’s interview on ‘On Background,’ the NHTalkRadio.com program that’s all about #NHpolitics
LISTEN: A wrap up of all the action this week in the first-in-the-nation primary state and a look ahead to the upcoming week, on NHPR’s The Exchange – 42 minutes into

Next Up

Besides Hickenlooper, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland returns next week. Delaney, who declared his candidacy way back in July of 2017, will formally open his campaign office in Manchester. The Concord Monitor learned that legendary state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester will speak at the opening. The next morning Delaney headlines ‘Politics and Eggs.’
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes to New Hampshire in the upcoming week. The Afghanistan War veteran – who recently launched a presidential exploratory committee – will be in the Granite State on Feb. 16. While several stops have yet to be announced, Buttigieg will attend a meet-and-greet sponsored by the Raymond Democratic Committee.

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