Eric Holder's Heading To New Hampshire. Will A Presidential Run Follow?

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is headed to New Hampshire for the political hot breakfast that is a first stop for many presidential hopefuls — but political observers in both parties say he’d be a long shot.

Holder, who served as attorney general for six of former President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, will be the featured speaker at Saint Anselm College’s “Politics & Eggs” breakfast today. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton broke bread there in 2015 ahead of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation 2016 primary, and more recently Ohio Gov. John Kasich — a potential Trump challenger in 2020 — put in an appearance there.

Holder’s appearance is a sign that he’s considering throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race, Boston University political science professor Thomas Whalen said.

Republican consultant Ford O’Connell said the lack of a Democratic front-runner could draw in several dozen candidates — which would mean potential candidates with strong name recognition, like Vermont Sen. Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden, would only need a small majority to win in a crowded field.

“It’s hard to see how he breaks through without a direct endorsement from Obama,” O’Connell said. “Right now I look at him as a second-tier candidate, I haven’t heard him say anything platform-wise. He’s not even registering in the polls.”

Read more from Dan Atkinson at the Boston Herald 

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