Graham, Pataki Speak in NH

Both are GOP 2016 hopefuls

Former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke before hundreds of business leaders at Nashua's annual Wild Irish Breakfast in return trips to New Hampshire as they both consider presidential bids.

Both potential GOP 2016 presidential contenders poked fun at Hillary Clinton's email controversy, and potential Republican opponents like Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.

Pataki and Graham spoke at the breakfast, typically crafted as a roast, Tuesday morning alongside New Hampshire's Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Both are considered longshot candidates to win the party's nomination among a field of well-known, well-funded governors and U.S. Senators with national name recognition. Pataki has been traveling to the state repeatedly for months, and Graham made his first trip last week.

The breakfast, one of the largest St. Patrick's Day events in New England, typically features politicians looking to impress audiences in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

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