With the rapid fire action of Republican potential presidential candidates stealing much of the political attention in New Hampshire lately, Vice President Joe Biden’s return to the first-primary state will be sure to stoke some interest in what could happen on the Democratic side.
Polling shows that by far, most likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State are ‘Ready for Hillary,” as the name of the grassroots PAC suggests, but Joe Biden has not ruled out a potential run for President and has long been well-received by state Democrats.
Biden tomorrow will visit the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord. He will receive the center’s second award for distinguished public service.
He will then travel to Manchester Community College for a roundtable discussion on the need for more Americans to go to college and obtain the skills necessary to succeed in a 21st Century workforce.
Observers will be watching for even the slightest hint from Biden as to his future plans.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party has been accused by Republicans of wanting to “coronate” Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee. But the party has already booked potential candidate former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as the special guest at a March 7 fundraiser, and NHDP chairman Raymond Buckley tonight praised Biden and encouraged him to return often.
“Vice President Biden has been fighting for the priorities of hard-working middle class families throughout his decades of distinguished public service,” said Buckley. “The vice president has always been a great friend to New Hampshire Democrats, and we are looking forward to hearing more from him on how we can build on the middle class economics that have put our country back on the right track over the past six years.
“It’s always an honor to have the vice president in our state and encourage him to come back often,” Buckley said.
Republicans, though, were quick to criticize Biden and President Obama.
“Vice President Biden will tout Obama’s same tired economic policies that just vetoed the Keystone pipeline and have resulted in the workforce participation being at an all-time low,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Raffi Williams. “It’s no surprise Biden would choose a key presidential state to tout his failed agenda, unlike Hillary Clinton who continues to hide from voters.”