MANCHESTER, N.H. — With one day to go until the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential hopefuls campaigned across the state Monday:
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he believes he did “great” in the last Republican presidential debate and is optimistic that he will do well in New Hampshire’s primary. Speaking to “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Rubio refrained from attacking his rivals and emphasized his strong third-place finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses. Criticized by his rivals for reciting rote talking points, Rubio insisted his repetitions were part of his plan. “People said, ‘Oh, you said the same thing three or four times,’ ” Rubio told some 800 people in a school cafeteria in Londonderry. “I’m going to say it again.”
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking to a Rotary Club in Nashua, criticized front-runner Trump as someone who “organizes his campaign around disparaging people as a sign of strength. If you disparage women, if you castigate Hispanics, if you ridicule the disabled,” it’s not a sign of strength, Bush told the luncheon crowd at the Nashua Country Club. Bush said leadership shouldn’t be about “the volume” of your voice “or how profane you can be or how insulting you can be.” He said, “I’m tired of politicians who push down a group of people” to promote themselves.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes his latest celebrity endorsement before the primary will give him the boost needed for a strong performance. Christie was joined Monday at a town hall meeting in Hudson by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss.” Valastro praised Christie’s leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and his ability to get things done in a heavily Democratic state. Earlier, Christie and Bush told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday that Rubio hasn’t been tested in a way that the governors running for president have, leaving him unqualified to be president. ”
- John Kasich reflected on lessons from his parents’ death in 1987 and his short-lived presidential campaign in 1999. Kasich told a packed crowd in snowy Windham he has few memories from his 1999 bid aside from talking to a voter for 20 minutes only to have her ask, “When is the candidate going to arrive?” This campaign, he said, is different. Kasich has taken to urging voters to slow down in their everyday lives and spend more time listening to their families and neighbors. Kasich’s parents died in a car crash in 1987, and he said going through a dark time has allowed him to better connect with people who are struggling in their everyday lives.