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Paul Ryan to Boost 2016 Buzz With N.H. Visit

Paul Ryan to Boost 2016 Buzz With N.H. Visit

By Scott Conroy - September 20, 2013

With an impending trip to Iowa already on his schedule, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is adding an autumn visit to New Hampshire as he continues to lay the groundwork for a potential 2016 presidential bid.

The 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee will hit the Granite State in early October to campaign for former Rep. Frank Guinta, who is expected to mount a 2014 bid to reclaim his old House seat.

News of Ryan's visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state -- his first since last year’s presidential campaign, was broken by Manchester's WMUR.

In a survey released earlier this week by the Democratically affiliated Public Policy Polling, Ryan tied for sixth place in a theoretical 2016 New Hampshire primary field that included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (who is not expected to run).

Though he would enter the race with high name recognition and other institutional advantages, the House Budget chairman’s star has dimmed somewhat following the 2012 campaign, in which Ryan was largely relegated to backdrop status.

But the eight-term lawmaker appears to be serious about drumming up buzz for a 2016 bid. In November, he will be the keynote speaker at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s annual birthday fundraiser.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another likely 2016 aspirant, keynoted the same event last year. 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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