Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - It's raining this morning at St. Anselm College, site of Monday night's CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader Republican presidential debate.
But the inclement weather shouldn't put a damper on some traditional retail politics on the campaign trail here in the Granite state today.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty this weekend is following the time-honored political tradition of attending house parties. Friday he was at Jay and Kelly Levy's house in Stratham, New Hampshire. That's the town where rival Mitt Romney on June 2 formally declared his candidacy for president. Today Pawlenty heads to the White Mountains to attend a house party at the North Conway home of Raymond and Mary Ann Shakir.
Pawlenty is one of seven people who will be on the stage Monday night at the debate. Another candidate, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, was campaigning in New Hampshire Friday, with stops in Portsmouth and Manchester. The longtime congressman, who's making his third bid for the White House, also swung by the debate site to speak with John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of John King USA. By the way, John's also moderating the debate. Paul's gone today. He headed home to Texas, but he'll be back Monday.
While he won't be on the stage, Jon Huntsman is campaigning in New Hampshire in advance of the debate. The former Utah governor, who just stepped down this spring as U.S. Ambassador to China, is an all-but-declared candidate. This morning Huntsman's speaking to a VFW meeting in Nashua. Friday night Huntsman told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that he will announce his intention to seek the White House in about a week and a half.
"We're about a week and a half out...we are right at the end point," Huntsman told Crowley.
You can watch that entire interview on State of the Union with Candy Crowley, tomorrow morning at 9am ET on CNN.
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