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Optimism, Pizza: Biden Makes First 2020 NH Campaign Stop

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden knows more than 4 in 10 New Hampshire voters aren't affiliated with a political party, and is counting on appealing to independents. (Kevin Bowe)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden knows more than 4 in 10 New Hampshire voters aren't affiliated with a political party, and is counting on appealing to independents. (Kevin Bowe)
May 14, 2019

HAMPTON, N.H. — Former Vice President Joe Biden arrived in New Hampshire Monday to kick off his campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary, with stops in the Seacoast and Manchester.

At his first appearance, before an overflow crowd at the Community Oven pizzeria in Hampton, Biden described himself as "optimistic" about the nation's future, but he wasted no time in outlining some formidable goals if he becomes President.

"I want to restore the soul of this country. And secondly, quite frankly, rebuild the backbone of this country - this time bringing everybody along, the middle class. And thirdly, what I want to do is unite the country,” Biden said. “The truth of the matter is, we can't get anything done in this country without a consensus."

Biden, whose lead has widened in both New Hampshire and national polls since his announcement three weeks ago, did not mention President Donald Trump in his remarks - but frequently brought up former President Barack Obama during the stump speech before several hundred Democratic activists. While Biden was cautious in talking about President Trump's record or offering specific policy proposals, he passionately defended his own record of progressive accomplishments.

Biden also hit back at recent reports that he would take a "middle ground" approach to climate change. He said he'll be rolling out a plan by the end of the month, telling the audience the nation needs "an environmental revolution."

"Back in 1987, I said, 'We have an existential threat.' And that's exactly the case, it's even more urgent now,” he said. “We do need to finish this green revolution in a way that's rational. We can do it, afford it and get it done now."

Biden will complete his campaign swing in the Granite State with a house party Tuesday in Nashua. New Hampshire voters will only have to wait until Wednesday before the next Democratic candidate arrives - U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California is scheduled to campaign in Nashua, as well.

Kevin Bowe, Public News Service - NH