residential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will struggle to convince skeptical voters in New Hampshire appearances this week that they’re fresh and invigorating candidates, but “sheer force” and “dynasty” may yet prove their winning hands in 2016, political operatives say.
But GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who advised John McCain’s 2008 campaign, countered that the key to clinching New Hampshire for Bush is “to convince people that he’s Jeb the former conservative governor from Florida and not the third Bush.”
“It’s a record that, honestly, if you remove the last name, everyone would be going gaga over,” O’Connell said, citing reduced taxes and improved education.
Bush is expected to formally announce today in Florida, then travel to the Granite State. Clinton today will attend an early education forum in Rochester, a launch party in Concord and a Democratic dinner in Manchester.