Updated at 9:20 p.m. ET on 8/6
(CNN) – It was some of the harshest criticism directed at Mitt Romney during his 2012 GOP primary battle: he was the “safe” candidate the establishment thought had the best shot of beating President Barack Obama.
And despite his general election loss, Romney still says his best advice for early state voters is to back a candidate with a viable shot of taking the White House.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's back.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will headline a New Hampshire Republican Party dinner and fundraiser next month. The event will take place on Tuesday August 6, in the Granite State's lakes region, near Romney's vacation home in Wolfeboro, along Lake Winnipesaukee.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Earlier this year, as Frank Guinta was driving his children to school, he turned on a local radio station and heard Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talking about Guinta's failed attempt to win re-election to Congress just a few months earlier.
Paul was discussing the future of the Republican Party and the need for the GOP to maintain its traditional political base while also welcoming more libertarian-minded conservatives. The Kentucky senator then started citing specific data from the 2012 general election, including Guinta's race.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The battle over Obamacare will hit the New Hampshire airwaves Wednesday by way of a new television ad accusing Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of supporting a health care law that will financially hurt American families.
Heading into 2014, Republicans are expected to increase their criticism of the health care law - which GOP strategists think will be a winning political issue in the midterm elections.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul used humor to accompany biting criticism of President Barack Obama Monday on issues ranging from the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative organizations to the president’s health care law, as the Kentucky Republican made his formal introduction to influential New Hampshire voters.
Paul was well received by the 500 GOP activists at this sold out fundraiser for the state party, where he repeated his criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus each voiced support Monday for the New Hampshire primary, welcome endorsements for a state that is constantly fighting to protect its unique status as the first state to hold a primary in the race for president.
“I like the process of primaries originating in smaller states,” Paul said before headlining a New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser. “I’ve seen how the election works around here. I’ve seen how it gets close … there are candidates on every corner meeting and shaking hands and it is a hopeful aspect of politics of meeting people one-on-one even in a nation of three hundred million.”
Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has donated $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party, stoking further speculation he is eyeing a run for president.
The donation will be announced publicly on Monday hours before Paul headlines a state GOP fundraising dinner in Concord. Nearly 500 people will attend the fundraiser, which will also feature Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The dinner is sold out.
Washington (CNN) - While much of Washington's attention is on the various controversies involving the IRS, the Benghazi attack and the Justice Department subpoena of the Associated Press, those on both sides of the gun control debate are engaged in trying to sway public opinion.
Much of the focus right now is on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the only member of the U.S. Senate from New England to vote against the proposal pushed by her colleagues, Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), to expand background checks for gun purchases.
(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whose votes on gun background checks have haunted her back at home in New Hampshire, will receive some support from another GOP senator seen as a rising star.
Sen. Marco Rubio's political committee Reclaim America will begin running a TV ad Tuesday in her defense, joining a commercial the National Rifle Association put on the state's main broadcast channel last week.