The last time Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush paid the Granite State a visit, 16-year-old Chelsea Lomartire was only a toddler.
"It's important that he cares," said Lomartire. "He's not just answering my questions, he's more looking into me as a person."
Friday night, Bush answered questions from voters at a house party hosted by former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen, who says, like the 100 people packed inside his home, he's just meeting the former governor for the first time.
This event came just a few hours after Bush met employees at Integra Biosciences in Hudson, talking about what he calls a grown-up plan for immigration reform.
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He defended the high standards of Common Core education, and it didn't take long for voters to ask about about eliminating the country's biggest threat - ISIS.
"Now we need to reengage with some small force level to continue to train the Iraqi army," said Bush.
To these voters, Bush certainly sounded like a man preparing to run for president. But Bush was quick to correct reporters who mentioned recent polls that named him and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as front-runners.
"I'm not a candidate," said Bush. "You can't be front-runner until you start running."
Bush will wrap up his two-day trip Saturday. Meanwhile, Gov. Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are also meeting Granite Staters, but there is no timetable on any official announcements.