Biden in key state on day of Obama announcement
April 4th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Biden in key state on day of Obama announcement

Washington (CNN) – On the same day that President Barack Obama announced the launching of his re-election campaign, Vice President Joe Biden is in a crucial state in the race for the White House.

The vice president teams up with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at an event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham to highlight how the school's efforts to reduce and respond to incidents of sexual violence on its campus can be used as a model across the country.

Then Biden heads to nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire to headline a gathering for Organizing for America, the grassroots outreach wing of the Democratic National Committee.

A Democratic source tells CNN that the vice president will meet with supporters and volunteers who "over the last two and a half years have been instrumental in getting the economy back on track."

The source says that the event is not a fundraiser, but more of a thank you and a pep talk to key supporters.

New Hampshire plays a large role in the race for the White House, as its primary goes second in the primary and caucus calendar. While Obama will most likely not face any serious primary challenge, the president's political advisers don't want to cede the spotlight to the Republicans in a state that also will play a crucial role in the general election.

Former President George W. Bush won the Granite state by 3 percentage points in his 2004 re-election victory. Obama carried the state by six points in his 2008 victory over Sen. John McCain. But the GOP made major gains in last November's midterm elections, holding onto an open Senate seat, winning back from the Democrats both of the state's two House seats, and winning large majorities in the state house.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    "Go Joe!" I used to hear that a lot coming out of my son's TV years ago. I think I'll use it for now. "Go Joe!" Don't forget to point out the GOP response of fear mongering for the voters.

    April 4, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Obama will be able to count on Unions and government employees. Every piece of legislation he has passed has carved out special favors for those groups, or has exempted them from the legislation itself.

    If Obama wins, the US will cease to exist as a viable nation by 2016.

    April 4, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    ...the GOP made major gains in last November's midterm elections, holding onto an open Senate seat, winning back from the Democrats both of the state's two House seats, and winning large majorities in the state house.
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    ...and the people of New Hampshire now see that their selections in November are paying off. Unemployment is down, the economy is showing signs of recovery and Federal Spending has been reduced dramatically. Good things happen when people get out and vote for improvements.

    April 4, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I think the administration should focus their attention in the states where these budget battles are going on. Primarily Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. These midwest states are going to be key if they want to get re-elected.

    April 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. willie floyd

    I wonder if the NH folks who voted in Reps. are happy with what they have? Most, if not all, of the newly elected Rep. Govs. don't seem to be fairing too well! Go Mr. VP-as Joe Scarborough says "the greatest VP in the universe"-couldn't agree with him more.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 4, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |