First on NH1: John Bolton to meet with Scott Brown this week
CONCORD - NH1 has learned that John Bolton will meet with Scott Brown when the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender visits New Hampshire later this week.
The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush will discuss foreign policy and national security and presidential politics with Brown Friday at the Airport Dinner in Manchester, an aide to Bolton tells NH1.
Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts who moved to the Granite State over a year ago and was the 2014 GOP Senate nominee against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is helping fellow Republicans who are considering White House runs, to connect with GOP activists in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
"I've got a PAC and I'll play a role introducing a lot of these prospective candidates who would like to be introduced to, who would like to learn about New Hampshire, and meet people, whether that's through a town hall, whether it's through a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or some type of gathering of their choosing," Brown told NH1 early last month. "It's an important state, obviously. They care deeply about what happens here. I just did a campaign. I know the state."
Bolton spent two days in New Hampshire in October, a couple of weeks before the midterm elections, campaigning for Brown and Republican congressional nominees Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia. His John Bolton PAC and super PAC also went up with ads in support of all three candidates. While Brown lost to Shaheen and Garcia lost to Democratic incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster, Guinta defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
This will be Bolton's first visit to the Granite State this year. It will also include a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics "Politics and Eggs" series Friday morning. The event, at the NHIOP auditorium at Saint Anselm College, was rescheduled from Feb. 2 due to a snowstorm.
Bolton is outspoken in his criticism of the job President Barack Obama's doing on foreign policy and national security.
"President Obama didn't pay enough attention to national security. I really don't think he considers it a priority," Bolton told NH1 in October.
Bolton considered a run for the 2012 GOP nomination before deciding against a run. If he does make a bid in 2016, he'll be considered a very longshot, even though foreign policy and national security are expected to play a larger role in the election. He was at one-percent support among those likely to vote in next year's GOP primary in New Hampshire in a recent University of New Hampshire/WMUR poll.