SEN. Bob Dole (R) of Kansas offered no apologies to Democratic critics who said he should be in Washington fixing the deficit rather than in New Hampshire trashing the president's budget.
The visit, a weeklong vacation, is the Senate minority leader's third this year to the state with the nation's earliest presidential primary.
Senator Dole defended GOP interest in the 1996 presidential race, saying that perhaps Republicans are getting active so early because people are not pleased with President Clinton.
"It's an option certainly in 1996," Dole said of his own presidential aspirations.
Dole is among a number of rumored Republican presidential aspirants who have visited New Hampshire since their party lost the White House for the first time in 12 years.
Other GOP visitors have included Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp, former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, former Labor Secretary Lynn Martin, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Rep. Robert Dornan of California. US spied on allies in WWII
The United States spied on its allies in the closing months of World War II, intercepting diplomatic messages that described everything from French irritation with American policy to Soviet overtures to Mexico, newly declassified documents show.
The more than 800 pages of so-called "Magic intercepts" detail growing American concern about Soviet expansion and the germination of an intensive spying effort that would eventually become a hallmark of the cold war.
The papers - released to a historian as a result of a lawsuit - also chronicle the maneuverings by Britain, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union to divvy up Europe and the Middle East in 1945. They also show a nascent Soviet Union jockeying for power in Europe and Asia.
Missing from the released documents are any communiques from Britain or the Soviet Union. But they contain enough information from other countries' diplomats to reveal how the Soviets wanted to divide the postwar world. Biden prefers separate look at Brady bill
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he favors considering controversial gun-control legislation separately in an effort to help enact President Clinton's crime package.
Sen. Joseph Biden (D) of Delaware, said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he would go along with lawmakers who want to first take up the Brady bill, which would require a five-day waiting period and background checks for handgun purchases, before considering the broader crime package.