From Paul Steinhauser in New Hampshire - what to watch:

  • Elizabeth Warren’s full court press in NH

  • The elephant in the room: Warren refrains from naming Trump

  • Julian Castro’s Granite State swing draws positive reviews

  • Steyer brings impeachment push to the Granite State

  • Dance card filling up as candidates & potential contenders flock to NH


Elizabeth, Bruce, and Bailey return to New Hampshire
Sen. Elizabeth Warren returned to the first-in-the-nation primary state on Friday, and she didn’t come alone. The Massachusetts Democrat was accompanied once again by a team of staffers as well as her husband Bruce and their golden retriever Bailey. WMUR Valley News Boston Globe While she made Iowa her first stop after announcing a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 31, Warren’s now made the quick trip across the border twice in less than a week to New Hampshire, which is considered by many a ‘must win’ state for her in the Democratic nomination race. After a stop at the Flying Goose Pub in New London, Warren held a larger and longer event at the Common Man restaurant in Claremont. WATCH the entire event

Sanders supporter: ‘I think she’s clearly trying to harvest Bernie people’
Claremont borders Vermont, home of independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. If Sanders does launch a second presidential campaign, he and Warren would be battling for the increasingly influential progressive vote in New Hampshire. Sanders crushed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in Claremont in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. The small city is also the home of Sanders’ son Levi Sanders, who ran unsuccessfully last year for Congress in the state’s First District.
“I think she’s clearly trying to harvest Bernie people,” former state Sen. Burt Cohen told the Concord Monitor. “Claremont was a strong area for Bernie and it’s an important area within New Hampshire. But there are lots of other people running who will be interested in Bernie supporters, possibly including Bernie himself,” added Cohen, a member of the Sanders steering committee who served as a Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Asked Friday night why she choose Claremont for her second stop, Warren said she wants talk to people in all parts of New Hampshire.

WATCH: In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Warren talks about her relationship with Sanders


Staffing Up
Warren’s hired four staffers with ties or experience in first-in-the-nation politics. As reported last weekend by the Boston Globe and the Concord Monitor, Warren brought on board Liz Wester – a New Hampshire Democratic Party, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Hillary Clinton veteran. On Friday she announced three more hires.



The elephant in the room
On the campaign trail, Warren doesn’t mention Donald Trump by name. 
Fox News Why is she giving the president the silent treatment?
WATCH: Warren says she isn’t a professional politician


Jam-packed trip 
Three days after declaring his candidacy for president in his native Texas, former San Antonio mayor and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro made a two day swing through the Granite State. Castro attracted a large crowd in a small café in Somersworth as he kicked off his trip. The next morning he was in front of the national media as he headlined ‘Politics and Eggs’ at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics – a must stop for White House hopefuls. And he later toured a recovery center and engaged in some retail politics in the Lakes region. He also made some news along the way, including lamenting the lack of diversity in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Concord Monitor
Union Leader
Seacoast Online
Fox News

Watch and listen
WATCH: Castro not inclined to pardon Trump 
WATCH: Castro laments lack of diversity 
WATCH: Castro ‘I’m under no illusion that I’m a front runner’
WATCH: The take from NHIOP executive director Neil Levesque 
LISTEN: Interviews with Castro and Warren on ‘On Background’ on (WKXL)

Delaney spotlights BuzzFeed report as he makes his 13th trip (you read that right) to NH
If a bombshell report proves true, Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney says it would be “appropriate” for the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump. Delaney was in Concord Friday morning – hours after the release of report from the on-line news organization Buzz Feed that claimed the president personally directed his attorney at the time – Michael Cohen – to lie to Congress about plans he had to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Concord Monitor

LISTEN to the entire Delaney interview on ‘Pints and Politics’ 


Steyer wants to finish the job
Tom Steyer may not be running for the White House, but he says he’s still on a mission to oust the president from the White House. “I felt like I started this. I’m going to finish the job,” Steyer told the Monitor on Thursday. The billionaire environmental and progressive activist was interviewed hours before he held a town hall in Hanover focused on his push to impeach Trump.

Concord Monitor 

Kelly weighs in on Gillibrand bid
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee earlier this week – and is expected to visit New Hampshire later this month. The senator was last in the Granite State in October, to campaign for 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee and former state senator Molly Kelly. Kelly told the Monitor she’s thrilled Gillibrand is making a White House bid, but added it’s way too early for her to endorse anyone.  “At this point, I just want to be here to welcome people to New Hampshire who are running and make sure they get to meet as many people as they can,” she said. But she praised the number of women running or thinking of running for the Democratic nomination, adding “we are a country of real diversity and we pride ourselves on that. And we see that in many of the people who are running and I think it’s great that more women are running for president.”


Incoming Traffic
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will be in the Granite State on Monday and Tuesday. An aide to former New York City Michael Bloomberg said the billionaire activist will be in the state on Jan. 29. Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts – also mulling a White House bid – makes a trip across the border on Feb. 2. And Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio will be in the state in early February, as part of a listening and learning tour. The increasingly influential New Hampshire Young Democrats hold their annual Granite Slate awards dinner and fundraising event on Feb. 9. The big question is who will headline the soiree? Last year Julian Castro keynoted the event.


Rath says CNN TV gig gives Kasich ‘a bully pulpit’
As John Kasich finished his second term as Ohio governor this week, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate – who’s mulling a 2020 primary challenge against the president - announced he had signed with CNN as a senior political commentator. “He wants to be a part of the discussion going forward. He cares a great deal about where the country is going and how it’s getting there, the state of the division that exists in this country, and this is a bully pulpit for him,” former New Hampshire Attorney General and longtime GOP consultant Tom Rath told the Monitor. “It’s a way to remain a part of the discussion, be part of the dialogue and he has a voice he wants to use to try to drive Americans to a better place,” added Rath, a senior advisor on Kasich’s 2016 campaign who remains close with the now-former governor. Rath said going on CNN gives Kasich “a visibility that just being a former governor would not necessarily give him. It allows him to be current.”
Kasich hosted a show last decade on Fox News Channel, which is considered Republican leaning. So why go on CNN, which is considered by many to be a center-left cable news network. “Where he needs to be is the responsible, centrist, Republican vote, the Eisenhower Republican, the Judd Gregg Republican,” Rath said. “The Republican who is not of the extreme that Trump is. That audience is not necessarily the one that Fox reaches.”


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