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Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer's chances in N.H. for 2016

FILE - In this May 10, 2013 file photo is  former Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the Montana AFL-CIO annual convention in Billings, Mont. Schweitzer isn’t saying if he’ll run for president in 2016, but he was set to visit the early voting state of Iowa on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 to speak to a liberal advocacy group. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

FILE - In this May 10, 2013 file photo is former Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the Montana AFL-CIO annual convention in Billings, Mont. Schweitzer isn’t saying if he’ll run for president in 2016, but he was set to visit the early voting state of Iowa on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 to speak to a liberal advocacy group. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Wayne Lesperance: Brian Schweitzer is on an interesting path to running for president. In one interview he described a run as something that would “ruin” his life. And yet a short time later he gave a speech in Iowa where he was critical of the president and of Hillary Clinton. First-in-the-nation voters tend to like frank talk from candidates. Schweitzer’s brand of frankness, where members of his own party are fair game, will play well in the Granite State.

Phil Boynton: In a field with Hillary or without Hillary Schweitzer has the potential to do well here. His populist stances and folksy appeal make him an ideal candidate to work the rope lines and coffee shops of New Hampshire.

Dante Scala: The former Montana governor is just a guy with nothing better to do after passing on U. S. Senate bid.

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