For the first time in state history, New Hampshire is hosting a massive Republican gathering in the city of Nashua. Nearly 20 presidential hopefuls will descend to court votes in the Granite State.
This weekend’s festivities will be the first opportunity official and unofficial candidates will distinguish themselves since February’s CPAC gathering in Washington. It is the second among the ‘first in the nation’ primaries.
Not only will the top tier candidates be included, but also the lesser known potential contenders such as Ambassador John Bolton, Carly Fiorina, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, and former New York Gov. George Pataki.
Chris Christie, who already has momentum in New Hampshire, will continue his “Tell It Like It Is” motif. His goal is to rebrand and restart his ascendancy after his scandal-marred year in 2014.
Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, his former mentor, will also both be present. Attendants will be eager to see how they differentiate themselves. Rubio has already intimated, as Real Clear Politics’ reports, that it is time for a new generation. A time for a new generation may suggest that the time for Jeb has come and gone.
However, since Hillary Clinton has entered the race, intra-party attacks may be more muted. GOP hopefuls can find common ground and maintain a thread of unity against the Democratic enemy.