Former Vice President
‘We took a gut punch in Iowa,’ he told a crowd of supporters in Somersworth, New Hampshire Wednesday, using the same phrasing to describe the whole tumultuous process, as the full caucus result hasn’t been released. ‘The whole process took a gut punch,’ the ex-veep said.
Biden promised, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’ adding, ‘I’m going to fight for this nomination,’ as the Democratic establishment has gotten concerned about the rise of Sen.
In Iowa, Biden wasn’t just beat by Sanders – who came in second using the traditional measure of percent of delegates earned, but first in vote totals – but was bested by former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, how came in first in delegates, and by Sen.
On Wednesday, Biden went after both Sanders and Buttigieg more forcefully then he ever did while campaigning in Iowa.
‘We took a gut punch in Iowa,’ admitted former Vice President Joe Biden, adding ‘The whole process took a gut punch.’ The original frontrunner of the Democrats is trying to make up for his fourth place finish in
Vice President Joe Biden took on Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in a new way in New Hampshire Wednesday after he got trounced in Iowa
Vice President Joe Biden attracted more than 100 people in Somersworth, though his campaign only set up two rows of chairs
Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters wait in line to enter his event Wednesday at a venue in Somersworth, New Hampshire
Biden pointed out how Sanders has attacked him for ‘having baggage.’
But Biden argued that Sanders had the biggest baggage of them all, by proudly using the term democratic socialist.
‘If Sen. Sandrers is the nominee … every Democrat will have to carry the label Sen. Sanders calls himself,’ Biden argued.
The former vice president also pointed to Trump’s State of the Union speech last night where the president took time to denounce Socialism.
‘Donald Trump is desparate to pin the socialist lable on our party,’ Biden said.
As for the 38-year-old Buttigieg, ‘He calls me a part of the old failed Washington.’
‘Oh really?’ Biden mused.
Biden asked the crowd what was a failure when he, under President Obama, passed Obamacare, guarded the country from economic collapse, inked the Iran nuclear deal and signed onto the Paris climate agreement.
‘I have great respect for Mayor Pete and his service to this nation, but I do believe it’s a risk – to be just straight up with you – for this party to nominate someone who’s never held office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,’ Biden said.
He made sure to refer to both Sanders and Buttigieg as ‘good’ men.
Earlier in the speech, Biden also went after Sanders – and Warren’s – much touted Medicare-for-All proposal.
‘I promise you, it’s not going anywhere,’ Biden said, pointing out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a San Franciso liberal, wasn’t even on board. ‘How’s it going to get done?’
Biden’s event Wednesday attracted a handful of environmental protesters that he both talked to and ignored as they tried interrupting him on several occasions.
‘Don’t be like the Trumpers,’ he said at one point to two protesters holding up signs asking him to rid the country of fossil fuels.
The crowd, defending the former veep, chanted ‘we love Joe.’
The Wednesday event was well-attended, though by the set-up it was clear that the campaign wasn’t taking any chances that Biden would address a near-empty room.
The campaign had only put out two rows of chairs around the speaker’s podium and blocked off big sections of the 1899 Ballroom and Function Hall for press.
But there was interest in seeing Biden, causing potential voters to stand along one side of the repurposed chuch or in the back behind the row of television cameras.
New Hampshire voters have often given down-and-out candidates a boost.
Both Clintons have had their campaigns salvaged by the state.
In 1992, it was New Hampshire that gave then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton ‘comeback kid’ status, when he got third place in the primary. Back then, that provided Clinton enough momentum to eventually win his party’s nomination.
In 2008, after Sen. Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses and former Sen. John Edwards came in second, New Hampshire gave Hillary Clinton her first win.
While vying to be the first female major party nominee, then-Sen. Clinton had tried to keep her gender out of it, but at a campaign stop in Portsmouth on the eve of the Granite State primary, a voter’s question got the former first lady to tear up.
Marianne Pernold Young asked Clinton, ‘How do you do it?’
‘It’s not easy,’ Clinton replied. ‘You know, I have so many opportunities from this country,’ she said, getting emotional. ‘And I just don’t want to see us fall backwards.’
That moment of vulnerability, as political lore goes, got Clinton over the top.
Biden’s challenge in New Hampshire is that, unlike Iowa, he’s competing on the home turf of not just one, but two of the candidates who bested him in Iowa.
Sanders, who represents nearby Vermont, won the state of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Now Warren of Massachusetts will also have home field advantage.