From NBC's Catherine Chomiak
Four potential Republican presidential candidates stopped in New Hampshire today to address an Americans for Prosperity Tea Party rally in Concord.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), in his third visit to the state this year, told the crowd, “We’re here today to send the message -- to the big government, big unions, big business, what I'd call the triangle of greed, the bailout businesses, big government, big unions. Let’s send them this message: Don’t tread on me!”
In his seventh swing through the Granite State since January, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) said he was happy to be back. “No better place to be than, to talk about the overburden of taxation than the place that stands up and fights for limited government more than the great state of New Hampshire. So it's great to be here,” he said.
Outside the New Hampshire statehouse, Herman Cain told key constituents, “One of our biggest crisis is we have a deficiency of leadership in the White House.” This was his fourth trip to the state this year.
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) explained to the group gathered how his campaign would be financed and how it would make him a better president than any of the other potential candidates. “I accept no contribution great than $100,” Roemer said, “I take no PAC money. I report all monies given to me and I am free to lead a rising America.” This was his first time in the state this year.
The stop in New Hampshire is a must-do for those seeking their party’s nomination for president. The first-in-the-nation primary state has a long history of evaluating an meeting all prospective and declared candidates. The Tea Party, which the presidential hopefuls addressed today, is a growing constituency that will be important in the 2012 presidential race.