2016 watch: Biden heads to New Hampshire
March 21st, 2014
11:18 AM ET
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2016 watch: Biden heads to New Hampshire

Updated 4:13 p.m. ET, 3/21/2014

(CNN) – As Vice President Joe Biden leaves open the door to another presidential run, his trip next week to New Hampshire will likely fuel more speculation about his interest in the job.

The White House announced Friday that Biden will travel to the Granite State on Tuesday for an event on workforce development and job training.

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will join him to highlight NH Works, an on-the-job training program that works with 170 businesses statewide. As he announced in his State of the Union address earlier this year, Obama tasked Biden to lead job-training reform.

"Vice President is working with organizations, federal agencies, and others to make the workforce and training system more job-driven, integrated, and effective. The Vice President’s visit to New Hampshire is part of his ongoing efforts to find the best ways to improve the system," a White House official said.

As the state that holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire is known as a prime stomping ground for potential White House candidates.

Biden said last month that he has "absolutely" not ruled out another White House run.

"It’s as likely that I run as I don’t run. I just truly haven’t made up my mind," he said on "The View."

Polls measuring support for 2016 consistently indicate Biden falls behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a distant second place. In a CNN/ORC International Poll released earlier this month, for example, Clinton came in with 64% compared to 13% for Biden among Democrats.

Clinton says she still hasn't decided on whether she'll pursue another campaign, but Biden said her decision won't be a factor in his own consideration.

"Whether she runs or not will not affect my decision," he said.

Earlier in February, Biden told CNN's Kate Bolduan he plans to decide in the summer of 2015, and "there's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run."

Still, the vice president and former six-term senator has said 2016 is "lifetimes away."

Biden last traveled to an early voting state in September, when he went to South Carolina for an official visit on jobs and infrastructure.

The day before, however, Biden delivered the keynote speech at Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Iowa, an event that typically attracts a high-profile crowd of national Democrats and tends to draw potential White House hopefuls.

In August, Biden was scheduled to travel to Maine for a fundraiser for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, but he had to cancel the trip because his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, became seriously ill.

When Biden ran for president in 2008, he did not compete in the New Hampshire primary, having dropped out after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.

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CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Reggie53

    The joker is back in town. Wasted trip he took on our tax dollars......he achieved nothing!!!!

    March 21, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    As the state that holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire is known as a prime stomping ground for potential White House candidates.
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    I wonder if Republicans are going to make the same mistakes that they made in '08 and '12 by trying to move their state's primaries ahead of the traditional first four again. Not only did it make them look desperate, it was obvious that they were trying to win by any means necessary.

    March 21, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Rudy NYC

    I wonder if Republicans are going to make the same mistakes that they made in '08 and '12 by trying to move their state's primaries ahead of the traditional first four again. Not only did it make them look desperate, it was obvious that they were trying to win by any means necessary.
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    I can't wait til the GOP debates when the evolution question is asked and every single one of them will say they don't believe. Anything Bland Paul is saying now to be libertarian will be thrown out the window when it actually comes time to stand up to the tealiban-like ideology of the right. Questions about gay rights and taxes will result in the same unilateral voting by these candidates. The same will go for the BBQ Gov (if he even makes it that far)

    March 21, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    As the state that holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire is known as a prime stomping ground for potential White House candidates.
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    I wonder if Republicans are going to make the same mistakes that they made in '08 and '12 by trying to move their state's primaries ahead of the traditional first four again. Not only did it make them look desperate, it was obvious that they were trying to win by any means necessary.
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    Politics, positioning, and propaganda before the people!

    March 21, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. smith

    Biden doesn`t have a chance, but I would like to see him run for potus. Everytime he opens his mouth some of the strangest, mind blowing, and laughable comments come out. He reminds me of W. Bush.

    March 21, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Biden doesn`t have a chance, but I would like to see him run for potus. Everytime he opens his mouth some of the strangest, mind blowing, and laughable comments come out. He reminds me of W. Bush.
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    Biden has made a few bloopers. But, in the case of Republicans, it seems like it's the whole darn party, and its' surrogates.

    March 21, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Bessy

    Very nice man and he has what is needed to be Vice President, but , I don't believe he would make a good president.

    March 21, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    He already tried that, twice, and lost. He has been nothing but a buffoon, under Obama (or Obama's court jester), so why would he think he has ANY chance at all, when we KNOW there are far better choices who will run?????

    March 21, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. CALIFORNIA

    Democrats will literally vote for anyone with a (D) next to his name. This one is proof of that fact.

    March 21, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Jose79845

    Smart presidents like Nixon pick vice presidents that become so despised that they serve as deterrents to impeach the president. Biden, like Agnew, is one of those vice presidents.

    March 21, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Joe, you've got this thing in the bag. Iowa loves you. New Hampshire loves you. Run, Joe... RUN!!!!

    March 21, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Joe, you've got this thing in the bag. Iowa loves you. New Hampshire loves you. Run, Joe... RUN!!!!
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    I am pleased to see that you're enjoying your Friday. Run, Joe! Run! I hope it continues. As you were. How come you're not rooting for a conservative to be the next occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Still undecided?

    March 21, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Ever wonder how geniuses like Michele Bachmann, Louie Gomert, Steve King, Rick Perry, Marco Ruboi get elected? I swear, GOBaggers would vote foe a snake f it had a R.next to its biological name.

    March 21, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Dean

    Run, Joe, run!

    March 21, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    It's all about ego !

    Isn't there anybody in there 40's who is qualified to lead us into a future of sustainability and quality of life ?

    March 21, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |