Former Sen. Bob Smith eyeing 2014 run
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is running for reelection, and Smith said several activists from across the Republican Party's philosophical spectrum have approached him. Smith lives in Florida but has a summer home in Tuftonboro.
"I am giving it serious consideration," Smith said Friday, but "I have not made a final decision. I have not."
Smith served two terms in the U.S. Senate, but was defeated in the 2002 Republican primary by former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.
Sununu, who lost to Shaheen in 2008, said earlier he does not intend to seek the Republican nomination.
Smith said he has been meeting with people, including a small gathering Friday evening, to hear what they have to say, pro and con.
Smith served three terms in the U.S. House before running for U.S. Senate in 1994. He also made a run for President in 2000 before abandoning his quest.
Several other candidates have said they are interested in the Republican nomination, and one, conservative activist Karen Testerman, has announced she will seek the nomination.
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has also been mentioned as a possible candidate, often appearing in the Granite State and refusing to rule it out, although he is also considering a run for governor of Massachusetts. His family owns a summer home in Rye.