Elizabeth Warren Headed to NH This Weekend

It's her first announced trip to the Granite State since she formed a presidential exploratory committee last week

What to Know

  • Elizabeth Warren announced last week that she was forming a presidential exploratory committee ahead of the 2020 election.
  • The Massachusetts Senator spent last weekend in Iowa, one of the key early voting states in presidential elections.
  • Her Feb. 22 speech in New Hampshire is her first announced stop in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting an organizing event in New Hampshire for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee this weekend.

The event is scheduled Saturday afternoon at Manchester Community College. She is also scheduled to attend a house party in Concord. This will be her first trip to the state since she announced that she is exploring a run for president in 2020.

New Hampshire's Democratic Party also announced Wednesday that Warren will be the keynote speaker at its McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Feb. 22 in Manchester.

"Massachusetts US Senator Elizabeth Warren has spent her career taking on powerful special interests," a website advertising the event says. "As she travels the country this year, NH Democrats look forward to welcoming her to the Granite State."

The news of Warren's New Hampshire visit comes after she spent last weekend in Iowa in the wake of her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee.

NBC10 Boston spoke with New Hampshire voters this week to get their thoughts on a potential Warren candidacy.

Ed Steenbeke of Laconia said he likes what Warren believes in and that she's a people person.

Kathy Drown of Webster says she loves the way Warren stands up to the establishment.

But she is not sold yet.

"I just want to learn more about her," she said.

Political analyst Scott Spradling told NBC10 Boston that Democrats are not yet exactly sure what they are looking for in a candidate.

"They definitely want someone with a little bit of that fight to go up against Donald Trump," Spradling said. "I think they're also looking for someone who is calm. Who's not going to lose his or her temper."

"What sounds exciting in January 2019 may actually be stale and not appropriate in January 2020," added Democratic activist and New Hampshire radio host Arnie Arnesen.

Arnesen said Warren's stock as a candidate will rise if the economy takes a downturn in the months leading up to the New Hampshire primary, playing into Warren's expertise.

One thing most New Hampshire Democrats say they agree on is that there are many more candidates they want to get to know and experience, in person, before they make any final decisions about 2020.

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