With the political world waiting for Hillary Clinton to announce her candidacy for President, Vice Vice President Joe Biden will return to New Hampshire next Wednesday for the first time since last September.
Biden has been weighing a run for President, but has been far outpolled by Clinton. He has said he intends to make a decision on whether to run by the end of the summer.
While in New Hampshire, Biden will give an economic policy speech at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice Leadership and Public Policy at the UNH Law School in Concord. He will then participate in a roundtable discussion on higher education at Manchester Community College. The late Sen. Warren Rudman and Biden were close during their time in the Senate together.
Biden is also a friend of law school dean John Broderick, a former Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.
While potential Republican candidates for President have been in the state regularly, there has been relatively little activity on the Democratic side as Clinton moves closer to a candidacy but has not yet declared. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has visited the state several times and plans to return in mid-March.
Biden visited first-caucus state Iowa last week and was in South Carolina, where the first-in-the-South primary is held, earlier this week.
Last September, Biden led a rally at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for Democratic candidates, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. He also visited a business in Portsmouth.
The state Republican Party reacted to the announcement by accusing the state Democratic leadership of favoring Clinton.
“The New Hampshire Republican State Committee welcomes all potential presidential candidates – including Vice President Joe Biden – to our state to meet with voters and compete in our First in the Nation Primary,” said NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn.
“Recent comments made by the chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party have made it clear that their party leadership is trying to coronate Hillary Clinton and stop challengers like Vice President Biden from even having the opportunity to debate her. This approach insults every potential Democrat presidential contender and undermines the traditions of our primary.
“Vice President Biden shouldn’t be discouraged by the fact that New Hampshire Democrat Party leadership is clearly in the tank for Hillary Clinton,” Horn said. “Granite Staters are smart enough to vet each candidate and make up their own minds without taking orders from political insiders. We hope that the vice president, and every other potential Democrat presidential candidate, visits our state frequently to make their case to voters.”
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley responded: “The more the media focuses on the long list of clown car occupants running as Republicans the more unpopular they become. Which explains Mrs. Horn’s frantic attempts to create nonexistent issues with Democrats, the bad news for her is that it simply won’t work.”