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Governor Bobby Jindal Forms 2016 Exploratory Committee 

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal formed an exploratory committee to assist him in deciding whether to seek the Republican Party nomination for President.

Speaking about the committee launch, Governor Jindal said: 

"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation. We'll make a final decision in June, after the legislative session in Louisiana ends.

"If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction.  Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path.

"President Obama has started to redefine the American Dream, turning it into the European Nightmare. Because of this, I believe our country is in serious trouble and that the hour is late for America. Economic collapse is much closer to the door than people realize, our culture is decaying at a rapid rate, and our standing in a dangerous world is at an all-time low.

"However, the problems caused by 7 years of weak leadership and mistakes in the Obama administration can be corrected. But they won’t be fixed by just sending Republicans to Congress.  It will only be fixed by a President who is willing to make hard decisions and who has the ideas to change our country's future.

"While other Republican leaders are talking about change, I've published detailed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, rebuild America's Defenses, make America energy independent, and reform Education for our nation's children.

"So today I’m announcing the launch of an exploratory committee, which will help me to decide whether to seek our party's nomination."

The Exploratory Committee can be found at



Cornerstone- Rick Santorum to Speak at Cornerstone Dinner 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone is pleased to announce that Senator Rick Santorum (PA) will be the keynote speaker for the Cornerstone dinner May 12th at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. 7:00pm.
Senator Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007 where he was known as one of the most successful government reformers in our history.  Rick took on Washington's powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation's Capitol in 1991. Rick was a member of the "Gang of Seven" that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals.  Rick was also an author and floor manager of the landmark Welfare Reform Act which passed in 1996 that has empowered millions of Americans to leave the welfare rolls and enter the workforce.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack on Senator Santorum speaking, “ We are excited to have Senator Santorum to kick off our annual dinners. He has one of the best family values focused messages being shared today. With his emphasis on the blue collar community Senator Santorum speaks to the heart of the change we hope to see in New Hampshire.”
Bryan McCormack



“A Fiery Speech” … “Strong” … “Big Applause” … “Poured On The Passion” … “Two Standing Ovations”

WMUR Headline: “Rick Perry Pours On Passion During GOP Summit” (WMUR, 4/17/15)

CBS News’ John Dickerson “Rick Perry In Nashua Is Holding This Audience Very Well…” Dickerson Tweet: “Everyone talks about how Rubio is a great speaker in the GOP field but Rick Perry in Nashua is holding this audience very well.” (, 4/17/15)

Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes: “A Fiery Speech…” Hayes Tweet: “In his speech at [FITN] in Nashua, NH, Tx Gov Rick Perry w/a fiery speech - lots of focus on foreign policy and national security.” (, 4/17/15)

WMUR’s John DiStaso: “[Perry] Poured On The Passion…” “[Rick Perry] poured on the passion at [First In The Nation Summit] lunch” (, 4/17/15)

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman: “Mr. Perry Got Two Standing Ovations.”
(The New York Times, 4/17/15)

•    Haberman: “Mood In The Room: Engaged And Interested, Especially During The Q.-And-A. Session.” (The New York Times, 4/17/15)

National Journal’s Lauren Fox: “Perry Seemed Relaxed Yet Authoritative…” “In Friday's speech, Perry seemed relaxed yet authoritative as he rattled off his state's 5.6 million-person boom in population, rapid job growth, and increase in high school graduation rates that all happened under his watch.” (National Journal, 4/17/15)

The Hill’s Ben Kamisar: “Perry Is Delivering A Strong Speech…” Kamisar Tweet “Perry is delivering a strong speech, but he keeps falling back on the tick of ‘I will suggest to you’....” (, 4/17/15)

•    Kamisar: “Firing Up A Crowd…” “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) struck a populist note Friday in New Hampshire, firing up a crowd at the Republican Leadership Summit with an assault on ‘trickle-down liberalism.’” (The Hill, 4/17/15)

WMUR’s Ryan Murphy: “Big Applause When Talking About Rebuilding Military…” Murphy Tweet: “[Gov. Perry FITN] Speaks of Iran and pessimism Big applause when talking about rebuilding military in the past.” (, 4/17/15)

NECN’s Marc Fortier: “Very Animated Speech…” Fortier Tweet: “‘The best days of this country are ahead of us!’ [Gov. Perry] says, closing his very animated speech at [First In The Nation Summit].” (, 4/17/15)

Politico’s James Hohmann: “Rick Perry: Tan, Rested, Ready.” (, 4/17/15)

CBS News’ Alex Romano: “Hitting [Hillary Clinton] Right Off The Top Of His Remarks…” “‘She's the one who literally brought the reset button to the Kremlin.’ - Rick Perry hitting [Hillary Clinton] right off the top of his remarks.” (, 4/17/15)



Public Policy Polling Media Alert: Walker and Clinton lead NH primary fields 

Public Policy Polling's newest survey of the Republican primary for President in New Hampshire finds Scott Walker in a tier by himself- 24% of voters say he's their top choice to 14% for Ted Cruz, 12% for Rand Paul, 10% for Jeb Bush, 8% each for Marco Rubio and Chris Christie, 7% each for Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson, and 4% for Rick Perry.

Walker is easily the best liked of the potential GOP contenders in New Hampshire. 57% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to only 13% with a negative one. Walker's strength lies in his ability to appeal to the different ideological factions within the Republican electorate- he leads with voters identifying themselves as moderates, 'somewhat conservative,' and 'very conservative' alike. Walker's strength certainly grows as voters get more conservative though- he is polling at 37% with those identifying themselves as 'very conservative.' When PPP last polled the primary in New Hampshire last January Walker was at only 3%.

Cruz and Paul may be in the 2nd and 3rd spots right now at least partially thanks to the momentum they got out of their early candidacy announcements. While Walker is the top choice of the voters in the furthest right segment of the Republican electorate, Cruz is a very clear second with no one else in the same league as them. Paul's support base is more ideologically diverse. Paul and Cruz join Walker as the only potential hopefuls with greater than 50% favorability ratings.

Jeb Bush continues to face some early skepticism from conservative voters. His overall favorability spread is only 41/40, and among voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative' he's actually on negative ground at 34/45. Only 6% within that group say Bush is their first choice to be the Republican nominee.

When PPP last polled New Hampshire in January 2014, Chris Christie led the field in the state at 24%. His support has dropped by 16 points now to its current 8% standing, and he is by far and away the most unpopular candidate in the GOP field there. Only 34% of voters view him favorably to 49% with a negative opinion. The only other potential GOP hopefuls with under water numbers in the state that we tested are Donald Trump (40/41), George Pataki (21/28), and Lindsey Graham (20/36).

2 other quick hits on the Republicans in New Hampshire:

-Bobby Jindal at 43/14 has one of the best favorability ratings of anyone we tested in the state. He may be someone to keep a closer eye on moving forward.

-Out of the 16 Republicans we tested John Kasich has easily the lowest name recognition at 37%. The next least known hopeful we looked at was Carly Fiorina with 46% name recognition. If Kasich really wants to run he might need to start doing more sooner than later.

On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton has one of her weaker recent polling performances, getting 45% to 23% for Elizabeth Warren, 12% for Bernie Sanders, 7% for Joe Biden, 3% for Martin O'Malley, and 1% each for Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb.

Part of that is a function of so many voters in Democratic primaries in New Hampshire not actually being Democrats- 36% are independents. Among Democrats Clinton gets 52%, pretty comparable to what we've been finding for her nationally and in other states recently. But it's a much tighter race among all those independents- Clinton gets 31% to 28% for Warren, 12% for Biden, and 11% for Sanders with them.

Clinton's comparatively weak performance also doesn't reflect a spike in ill feelings toward her among Democratic primary voters. Her favorability rating is 78/10, where last January it was 86/10. There are more voters feeling unsure about her, but there isn't an increase in those actually viewing her negatively. Her lower performance is just a reflection of voters liking other prospective candidates too. Warren's 77/10 favorability is comparable to Clinton's, and Sanders is clearly catching on some with Granite State Democrats as well. 

Nevertheless Clinton continues to hold a commanding lead even if it's not quite as commanding as it has been in the past.

This analysis is also available on our website:

I’m not attaching the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:


Invitation: Governor Christie in New Hampshire 

You're Invited to the "Tell It Like It Is" Town Hall Series with Honorary Chairman Governor Chris Christie

Town Hall Meeting in Londonderry
DATE: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
TIME: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
*Doors open at 11:00AM, town hall meeting starts at 12:00PM
LOCATION: Londonderry Lions Club, 256 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053
Located at the corner of Mammoth and Pillsbury Road

Town Hall Meeting in Exeter
DATE: Friday, April 17th, 2015
TIME: 5:45PM - 7:15PM
*Doors open at 5:00PM, town hall meeting starts at 5:45PM (post-raffle)
LOCATION: Shooters Sports Pub, 6 Columbus Ave, Exeter, NH 03833

We encourage you to invite friends, family and other residents to be part of this open, public forum.

Please note that seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited, so please RSVP so we can make accommodations for all attendees. We encourage you to arrive early to ensure seating.