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Hillary Clinton to campaign for Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Last modified: 10/4/2014 1:04:03 AM
Hillary Clinton is planning a Nov. 2 visit to New Hampshire to campaign with Democratic incumbents Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the senator’s campaign confirmed yesterday.

Additional details are still being ironed out. The possibility of a visit from the former secretary of state, presidential candidate, senator and first lady was first reported yesterday morning by Politico, which described Clinton’s trip to New Hampshire as part of “an itinerary that focuses on helping Senate candidates and includes trips to a half-dozen states.”

Shaheen, in a statement, said Clinton is “someone I’m proud to call a friend.”

“There is so much at stake for New Hampshire in this election, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have Secretary Clinton’s support,” Shaheen said.

In her 2008 presidential bid, Clinton won the New Hampshire primary but ultimately lost the Democratic nomination to President Obama. This will be Clinton’s first trip to New Hampshire since 2008, according to the Associated Press.

Last year, former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Chris Spirou formed a draft political committee – “In 2016 Run Hillary Run” – to encourage her to seek the presidency again.

Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is also slated to attend the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Oct. 16. According to event details online, the dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Manchester Radisson Hotel. Ticket prices range from $75 for general admission to $10,000 for a “Majority Maker” designation.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, in an emailed statement, said he’s excited both Clintons will be returning to New Hampshire.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Secretary Clinton back to our state,” Buckley said. “In New Hampshire, we have a long and special relationship to the Clintons going back decades. With President Clinton keynoting our JJ Dinner this month, and Secretary Clinton visiting just days before the election, we believe they will keep Granite Staters energized and working tirelessly to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”

The New Hampshire Republican Party, meanwhile, dismissed the visit as a “political favor,” in an emailed statement provided by party spokeswoman Lauren Zelt. She linked the visit to comments made to the Washington Post in 2007 by Jeanne Shaheen’s husband, Bill – who served as co-chairman of Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign in New Hampshire – where he suggested that Republicans would attack Obama for using drugs when he was younger. In response to backlash that ensued over the comments, Shaheen resigned from his post with the Clinton campaign, according to the Post.

“It’s obvious that Secretary Clinton’s efforts to prop up Senator Shaheen’s flailing campaign is an effort to repay her and her husband for their role in this sordid chapter in New Hampshire political history,” Zelt said.

When asked to respond to Zelt, Shaheen’s campaign deferred to the statement Shaheen released earlier in the day.

(Casey McDermott can be reached at 369-3306 or cmcdermott@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @caseymcdermott.)


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