After a weekend in the Granite State that featured repeated attacks on Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic Party frontrunner will just about have the state to herself on Monday, as she arrives for her first campaign stops since officially declaring herself a candidate for President.
The Clinton campaign said the Monday and Tuesday visit to New Hampshire would be the “first of many,” focusing on “how to make the economy work for everyday Americans.”
As campaign officials have repeatedly said, there will be no big events, as Clinton will have small roundtables and private meetings with party activists and elected officials in the Granite State.
Clinton’s first stop will be a kids furniture manufacturer in Keene, New Hampshire; as in Iowa, one should expect that her events will be filled with people who have been vetted by the campaign – this will not be New Hampshire residents randomly plucked off a street corner.
Over the weekend, Republicans used a presidential forum to repeatedly assail Clinton’s campaign rollout, noting how GOP candidates were ready to answer questions from anyone.
“This listening tour is something out of North Korea,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“Hillary Clinton is going to raise $2.5 billion,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“That’s a lot of Chipotle,” Rubio deadpanned to laughter.
“We’re obviously talking a lot about ‘Stop Hillary, Stop Hillary,” one voter said to Republican Jeb Bush.
While Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) attacked Clinton over her actions on the Benghazi attacks, he also had some red meat lines for Republicans about the Democratic Party frontrunner.
As for Hillary Clinton’s ground operation in New Hampshire, a weekend story in the Boston Globe showed that she already has 19 paid staffers on the ground in the Granite State.
The best Republican? Donald Trump has four staffers in New Hampshire. No other Republican has that many.
Last night, Clinton’s team showed off cards they hope to use to get people to commit to vote for the former New York Senator:
As in Iowa, there will not be unlimited space for the news media in Clinton’s events in the Granite State.
In other words, if a national reporter flies to New Hampshire, there is no guarantee of getting in to cover the Hillary events; I heard several examples of that from colleagues who went to Iowa to chase the Clinton campaign in the Hawkeye State – and they were unable to get in to see the candidate in person.