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King picks up WH campaign tips from Huckabee, other pols
Rep. Pete King doesn't have a campaign staff for his flirtation with running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, but he's actively seeking out advice from politicians around the country.
Last week, Rep. Pete King had dinner, at his request, with Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, to ask for tips on presidential campaigning - and Huckabee said King needs to tell more of his life story.
King, the veteran Seaford Republican, said he and Huckabee dined at a restaurant in Manhattan around the corner from Fox News, where Huckabee has a show. Huckabee ended up with the second most delegates and the third most votes in the Republican race, which he dropped out and conceded to the eventual nominee, John McCain.
On Friday, King will meet with the former chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, Jennifer Nassour. She told the Boston Globe: "His foreign policy experience, his years in Congress, and the fact that he's able to cross the aisle make him an ideal candidate to run for president."
King said he also has discussed what it takes to run for office with other former Republican presidential campaign aides, whom he declined to identify.
King will be driving up to Boston on Friday and then to New Hampshire Saturday where he will be the keynote speaker at the Carroll County GOP Lobster Bake in Wolfeboro and then the Seacoast Republican Women's Chili Fest in Stratham in the afternoon. It will be his first official visits to New Hampshire, after an informal talk at a private barbecue in August.