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Frist Heads to the Granite State

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will head to New Hampshire on Tuesday, making three stops during the day in this key presidential primary state.

Frist is scheduled to have lunch with a handful of activists in Concord, then head to a small private meeting in Manchester.  He'll finish the day with a dinner in Portsmouth with 15 or so local party types, according to a GOP source familiar with the trip who requested anonymity. Frist was last in the Granite State in March when he addressed the Manchester Republican Party's Lincoln-Reagan Annual Dinner.

The Tennessee senator, who will retire from the chamber at the end of 2006, has made no secret of his interest in a national bid in 2008. He has used his leadership political action committee -- Volunteer PAC -- to sprinkle donations to Republican candidates around the country including those in early primary and caucus states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. 

Although his travel schedule to 2008 hotspots has slowed of late, Frist did keynote the Iowa Republican party Ronald Reagan Dinner on Oct. 22 (to somewhat mixed reviews). Last summer he made two trips within the space of a month to South Carolina.

Frist continues to be dogged by an ongoing investigation into his sale of stock in a company founded by his father and brother, but next week's trip seems to show he isn't letting that controversy get in the way of his presidential ambitions.

Tips on the plans of other presidential hopefuls to visit N.H., Iowa, South Carolina etc. can be added to the comments section below or e-mailed to me

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2005; 4:45 PM ET
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The religious left still doesn't get it. Joe Liberman and Evan Bayh can do it for them! Get off of the losers on Movealongs agenda.

I'm a conservative who has voted Republican since 1964 and am looking for an alternative as I am very disillusioned by the current administration (probably not for the same reason the libs are .. but ready to change) Give us a real alternative not a left wing idealogue. Also it would help to have some ideas or something to promote rather than just not liking George Bush.

Posted by: Wayne B. | December 2, 2005 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The people should ask Frist about the sale of his stocks just before the value of his stocks fell and other investors got the shaft. How long did Martha Stewart have to serve in the can for doing the very same thing? What make these Republican lawmakers immune to the very same laws they foist on ordinary Americans? The American people should give all these crooks the bums rush out the Capitol doors starting with the current batch of crooks in the White House on down. There'll be Democrats involved but just about all the repugnant Republicans will get the boot. Put a dollar limit on the money and any kind of donation to the election campaigns. Absolutely no corporate contributions. All lobbiests are to be no closer than 5 miles of the capitol. All campaign donations to be monitored in all National campaigns. And from a Pittsburgh newspaper.. All politicians salaries is to be set at the National average median income. And these conglomerations and corporations should be deliberately and methodically forced to be broken up into smaller companies such as what was forced on Bell, and their CEO's salaries be capped. Why don't we do that instead of being fed feces by all these Millionaires that purport to be working tn the interests of the common man or woman instead of themselves or the person or company with the biggest wad of cash?

Posted by: Deuces | December 2, 2005 11:20 AM | Report abuse

While he hasn't gotten a lot of press, I'd really like to see Bill Richardson run for the Democratic nomination. I think he has an excellent resume as a Governor, Senator, Secretary of Energy and U.N. Ambassador. He also doesn't carry the baggage that Clinton, Kerry and Edwards do.

Posted by: Stephen M. | December 2, 2005 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Bill Frist would make a great president....The earth is flat....And, oh, this blog doesn't really stink.


Posted by: The Lonemule | December 2, 2005 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps he is checking to see if there is a Club Fed in the Granite State. They dont allow boys at the girls prison in Alderson, WV where they sent Martha.

Posted by: db | December 1, 2005 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Obviously that's Earth TO Bill. Isn't there some way to edit these things?

Posted by: Mike 234 | December 1, 2005 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Bill Frist is dreaming. Doesn't he realize he's played a supporting role in every story about Republican corruption that's appeared in the past two months? No way can he change that image enough to win the nomination much less the presidency. Anyway, he's too patrician and whiny. Earth the Bill: Take the money and run.

Posted by: Mike 234 | December 1, 2005 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Convenient that Frist will be in Manchester on the same day that a former employee goes on trial for voter suppression in the 2002 elections. This would be a great time for him to come clean on how involved his committee was in a scandal that has resulted in jail time for two prominent Republican operatives.

Posted by: Mikey | December 1, 2005 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I think Bill Frist should team up with Joe Lieberman and run on the zero votes independant ticket. Since both of them are tea-leaf reading blow in the wind opportunists, justly reviled by those on their side of the aisle and mocked by those on the other side of the isle, they would get zero votes (Leiberman would vote for whomever won the republican nomination and Frist would write in names and cross them out until his pencil broke). So, zero votes but at least they'd have all the Joe-mentum!

Posted by: Chris | December 1, 2005 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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