In NH, Biden squashes 2016 talk
March 25th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
8 years ago

In NH, Biden squashes 2016 talk

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden avoided talk about his political future during a stop Tuesday in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

Asked about his future plans, the Vice President , who's seriously considering a run for president in 2016, said "I'm here about jobs, not mine."

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Biden was in New Hampshire to tout the White House's job creation efforts. The Vice President and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez toured a New Hampshire Works Center in Nashua, as well as XMA Corporation in Manchester. XMA, a global supplier of RF Microwave components is one of the 170 employers in New Hampshire who have partnered with NH Works to provide on-the-job training.

Biden's visit to the Granite State, his first since the 2012 election, sparked more speculation about a possible third bid for the Democratic nomination. But the Vice President, speaking to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, continued to try and deflect such talk and instead tout the job training program in New Hampshire, saying "the reason we're here (in New Hampshire) - notwithstanding what others might think - is the simple proposition: You run the best outfit in the country. No, I really mean it. We're trying to replicate what you're doing here so well. We're finding models and trying to scale them up nationwide."

National and state polling indicates that if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Biden both run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, Clinton would be the overwhelming frontrunner, with Biden a very distant second.

Before heading back to Washington, Biden was scheduled to raise money at a private event for Hassan and the state's two U.S. House members, Democratic Reps. Ann Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter. The two congresswomen, as well as Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, could face challenging re-elections this November. With Congress in session, all three women remained in the nation's capital instead of traveling home to accompany the Vice President.

Biden's visit came as the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to expand Medicaid eligibility under the new federal health care law. Biden praised the move, saying "that’s going to change the lives of an awful lot of people."

Biden reflects on life in politics

Earlier in the day, while at XMA, Biden met employee Andrea Grant, as well as her grandmother Enis Sullivan.

"God, I love you, mom," he said to the 101-year-old Sullivan, adding "I need a hug."

"I need a hug too," she replied.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Chris Asking Question

    Why doesn't he just say that he will run for President in 2016? Is he afraid of Hillary Clinton?

    March 25, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    Biden running around on tax payer money lying about why he's really there . N0 News ! trying make jobs yea rite bud .

    March 25, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Smitty

    The court jester has spoken.

    March 25, 2014 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. wigglwagon

    "Biden was in New Hampshire to tout the White House's job creation efforts."

    I guess the White House is afraid that some of the illegal aliens will not be able to find jobs. They have already proven that they are not interested in jobs for law abiding workers.

    March 26, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. Chuck

    It must be sad to be the Vice President of the USA and not even be considered
    for a presidential run. Poor uncle Joe

    March 26, 2014 02:01 am at 2:01 am |