Former Vice President Joe Biden was just booed in a speech at a Democratic Party dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was the keynote speaker at the event to celebrate the United States’ first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation and was joined by New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. The boos came when Biden disappointed the adoring crowd by saying, “Guys, I’m not running.”
With a very early New Hampshire appearance from the former Vice President, there was some building hope that there might be another presidential bid in his future. “When I got asked to speak, I knew it was going to cause speculation,” Biden said. When a leader makes a visit to the state which is the first state in the nation to vote in presidential primaries, it draws the public’s attention and raises questions about their candidacy.
Biden used the platform to share his plan to raise money for Democratic campaigns at all different levels of government. He said that he wants to restore decorum to the political process and balance progressive idealism with a greater Democratic appeal to working class voters. “I know it seems like we’re hopelessly divided,” Biden said. “I know it feels like we’re hopelessly stuck in a political death match and we can’t figure out how to get out of it, but we are better than that. I’ve always believed that we’re strongest when we act as one America.”
On the other side of the political aisle, former 2016 Republican presidential candidate, John Kasich, has not ruled out another run for the highest office in 2020. He recently made a stop in New Hampshire on a tour for his new book: “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” When he was asked about a presidential run he said, “It’s unlikely, but I don’t know what the future is going to bring for me, or what responsibility or obligation I might feel. You don’t ever say no to anything in life.”
We would like to see your comments about the future plans of these two former candidates. Do you think Biden can be convinced to run again? Do you think Kasich should even be talking about going up against a sitting Republican president?
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