New Hampshire Republican Rep. Charlie Bass has heard from a number of GOP presidential hopefuls, but he hasn’t met with one of them yet.
As a lawmaker from the first-in-the-nation primary state, Bass’s endorsement in what may be a crowded GOP presidential primary is much coveted.
Bass told The Hill that "all of them, every one of them," have reached out to him, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — aka "T-Paw" — and former GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney.
The Granite State lawmaker said that he hasn’t officially met with any of the candidates, "which is unusual by now."
He sat within "15 feet" of Barbour Tuesday at an Energy and Commerce hearing on Medicaid, but has not met with him one-on-one.
He expects to do meet with them "at some point soon."
Bass, a freshman re-tread, was elected to the House in 1995, during Gingrich’s GOP revolution. He was defeated in 2006 by former Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) but won his seat back in the 2010 elections.
"I like Newt Gingrich, he’s a good guy. He’s always been creative and thoughtful about his view and the future of America, and I’m sure he will continue to do that when he becomes a candidate for president, which as I understand is pretty much a foregone conclusion," Bass explained.
Earlier this week, Gingrich announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee.
Fellow Granite State lawmaker Frank Guinta (R) has also heard from a number of the GOP hopefuls, but declined to name names.
Bass noted however, that he has not heard from former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
"I don’t think that she’s called anybody," Bass said. "I’m not aware of any action at all on her part."