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VP Biden to visit Portsmouth shipyard on Wednesday
The trip will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., and U.S. Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, both Democrats from Maine.
The visit — and certain hobnobbing with Granite Staters — prompts discussion of a potential Biden run for the White House in 2016. He brushed aside such questions in his last visit to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary.
While Hillary Clinton supporters rally behind a “Ready for Hillary” PAC — which is not authorized by the former secretary of state — New Hampshire Democrats are ready to welcome Biden as one of the party’s standard-bearers.
State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, said Biden’s visit shows the importance of the state in the midterm elections, as well as its traditional role as the leadoff primary state.
“The fact is, neither Biden or his boss are popular enough now nationally to move the needle in New Hampshire politics,” Scala said.
The shipyard is located in Kittery, Maine, but it remains a major employer in the New Hampshire Seacoast area.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, will not attend because of a previously scheduled event. Her office released this statement: “While Senator Ayotte’s office was not notified of the vice president’s visit until Friday, by which time her schedule was already planned, she hopes the vice president’s opportunity to observe firsthand the outstanding work performed at the shipyard will underscore the vital importance of the yard and its skilled workforce to our national security — and discourage the administration from continuing to pursue another base realignment and closure round.”
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