Apr 26, 2015 10:23 PM
Steinhauser: Full schedule for Trump in NH Monday
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – It’s an itinerary worthy of a declared candidate.
And while he hasn’t launched a presidential campaign, Donald Trump appears to be more serious about running for the White House in 2016 than he has in the past.
The real estate mogul and reality TV star returns to New Hampshire Monday, his third trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state so far this year. As NH1 News first reported last week, Trump will kick off his visit with a business roundtable at the Tuscan Kitchen restaurant in Salem at noon, followed by a meeting at the VFW in Hudson early in the afternoon. Later, Trump will speak at New England College in Henniker, and he’ll take questions in the early evening from Republican activists at a “Politics and Pie” event at the Snowshoe Club in Concord.
Trump will also do media interviews, including one with NH1 News.
Trump’s return trip to the Granite State comes just nine days after he spoke at the New Hampshire GOP’s First-in-the-Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua. The two-day confab attracted nearly 20 Republican presidential candidates and likely contenders.
“I will make this country great again, believe me. And no politician’s going to do it. That I can tell you with assuredly. So with all the people you are listening to, you can forget it, because politicians are all talk and no action,” Trump told the nearly 700 Republican activists attending the event.
And in a March interview at NH1’s studio, Trump said “we are looking at it very, very, seriously. I have never look at it so seriously.”
While Trump has flirted with bids for the GOP presidential nomination in the past, including the 2012 cycle, this time he is taking more concrete steps. Last month he announced he was launching a presidential exploratory committee. Trump has hired veteran political strategists, including New Hampshire based Corey Lewandowski, who most recently served as a top official at Americans For Prosperity. And he’s opening office space in the state.
Asked if Republican primary voters should take Trump seriously, NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn said on the latest edition of NH1 Newsmakers that “it’s going to be up to Donald Trump to get the voters to take him seriously. It’s going to depend on his message, on his actions, he’s going to have to do the same thing everybody else does to be taken seriously in New Hampshire. To come early, come often, be accessible, go to every county, every town, every barbeque, every backyard, just like anybody else.”
Trump had eight percent support from likely GOP primary voters in the most recent NH1 News poll, which put him in fifth place in the crowded field of candidates and potential contenders. And the most recent PPP survey indicated that likely Republican primary voters were divided on whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Trump.
Soon after his New Hampshire swing, Trump makes his third visit to far this year to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.