DURHAM, N.H. — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is endorsing fellow Republican Chris Christie in the GOP presidential primary.
Baker said that while he and Christie don’t see eye to eye on every issue, the New Jersey governor has shown a proven ability to work across the political aisle.
Baker, who has tried to steer clear of national politics, said he was moved to endorse Christie in part because he didn’t feel either of the two top Republican candidates coming out of the Iowa caucuses — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — had that ability to forge a consensus.
Baker said he and Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will attend a campaign event for Christie in New Hampshire on Saturday. Christie has lagged behind other candidates in recent New Hampshire polls.
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary is Tuesday.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has more credibility than “someone who’s never done squat.”
A voter at a community center in Hollis asked Kasich how he could replicate and scale up his successes in Ohio if he becomes president. Kasich told him his achievements aren’t limited to Ohio, he was successful in Washington as well as a congressman. Without naming any of his rivals, he said, “I think I have more credibility than someone who’s never done squat.”
Kasich also was questioned by a man who drove from Maryland to see Kasich and other candidates.
“You’re not even from New Hampshire! Wait your time!” Kasich told him.
A top New Hampshire official for the Republican National Committee is blasting ABC’s decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from Saturday’s debate in the first primary state.
Steve Duprey, who leads the RNC’s debate committee, says Fiorina deserves to be on the stage because she has campaigned vigorously in the state. Duprey writes on his Facebook page that he’s spoken with ABC and Fiorina’s campaign, but ultimately does not have control over who the network puts on the debate stage.
Duprey joins Sen. Kelly Ayotte in speaking out against the decision. Ayotte says Fiorina’s exclusion from the stage undermines New Hampshire’s primary process.
Fiorina has campaigned vigorously in New Hampshire and is well liked by many GOP voters here. At a recent gathering in Nashua put on by the state party, she was the only candidate to receive a standing ovation following her remarks.
Chris Christie is giving dire warnings about the future of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary should Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio take the top three spots on Feb. 9.
The New Jersey governor, who has campaigned aggressively in New Hampshire, says voters should be wary of the three candidates because they have not spent as much time campaigning here.
New Hampshire voters are staunchly protective of the state’s status as home of the first presidential primary.
Christie says, “if you reward those folks who don’t show up here there is no reason for New Hampshire to be first.”
Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina is lashing out over a decision to exclude her from Saturday’s ABC GOP debate.
Fiorina has appeared in previous undercard debates in recent weeks, but since Monday’s Iowa caucuses, many of those with whom she’d shared the stage have suspended their campaigns.
Fiorina has not been invited to the main stage debate, a move she says is rooted in the idea that “establishment candidates…are afraid to debate me.”
“The game is rigged,” Fiorina wrote in a blog post on Medium.com, blaming ABC News and the Republican National Committee for the decision.
Former talk show host and political commentator Montel Williams says John Kasich is the right “adult” among GOP contenders to occupy the White House.
Williams, also a military veteran, said in an op-ed posted online Thursday night that he sees the Ohio governor as the right candidate to be “responsible enough to command the world’s most powerful military” and that he is the “the best choice to root out corruption at the Veterans Administration.”
Williams also says Kasich can “rise above the din of toxicity infecting our national dialogue” and appeal to a wide array of voters within what he sees as a divided Republican Party, which he sees as “in trouble.”