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Sunday, June 26, 2005

George Allen in the Granite State

If anyone doubts that Senator Allen intends to run for President in 2008, they need only to pick up today's copy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Yesterday, Allen spoke to the 61st annual Lilac Luncheon of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women. The trip was nominally to raise money for his Senate re-election campaign, yet as any observer of politics knows, whenever a politician visits New Hampshire it is for one reason.

There's nothing particularly earth-shattering here. Allen's explanation for the visit is interesting:
Allen said he is concentrating on out-of-state fundraising so as not to draw Virginia money away from the GOP campaigns for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
I count this a deft move by Allen to give himself an opportunity to travel around the country meeting with Republican activists so that next year he can focus his efforts on re-election having already laid the foundation for a nationwide campaign the following two years.

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