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Jan 16, 2015 11:37 AM

Paul Steinhauser: Ayotte says both Romney and Bush have called her


GOFFSTOWN - Sen. Kelly Ayotte says thatMitt Romney and Jeb Bush have reached out to her recently, as both former governors take concrete steps towards launching 2016 presidential campaigns.

Asked about the call she received last weekend from Romney, New Hampshire's Republican senator told NH1 News that "he's very upbeat and enthusiastic."

"It was a little conversation about New Hampshire and I think he's excited to get back in this," Ayotte said.

Her comments to NH1 following a town hall meeting at the Odd Fellows Home in Goffstown came hours before Romney was scheduled to address members of the Republican National Committee, who are holding their winter meeting in San Diego.

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee's speech will be his first public comments since last week, when he told some top supporters and donors that he was very seriously considering another run for the White House.

Since then the former Massachusetts governor has been making calls to top GOP politicians, such as Ayotte, as well as leading donors, and aides from his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Ayotte said that in his speech Friday night, Romney "needs I think to present his vision for America and brighter future, and especially the middle class, making sure that those opportunities and upward mobility is still here in our country. So I think he needs to talk about that."

Ayotte said that Bush had also called her recently, and that she "got the same attitude as well."

"He said he would be coming to New Hampshire," Ayotte said.

The former Florida governor announced last month that he was seriously considering a White House run, and since then has been making moves towards launching a campaign.

Thursday Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas, of Manchester, also received a call from Bush. That conversation was first reported by John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Journal.


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