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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Peter Bragdon
It's never too early raise the curtain on a 2016 presidential play. Sen. Rand Paul knows his lines and will command the political stage in Iowa on Friday — and in New Hampshire on Monday.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has telephoned influential Republicans in early-voting New Hampshire and Iowa in recent days as he weighs whether to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
"He was looking for my thoughts in terms of what the presidential field looked like and what might happen if someone came in and shook things up a little bit," New Hampshire Senate President Peter Bragdon told the Associated Press on Monday after receiving a weekend voicemail message on his cell phone from Mr. Perry. "It certainly left me with the impression that he's doing his homework and giving it some serious consideration."