Apr 3, 2017 5:35 PM
Breaking: Former VP Joe Biden to visit NH later this month, stirring 2020 talk
CONCORD – Joe Biden knows how to make news.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party announced on Monday afternoon that the former vice president will headline their major spring fundraising event later this month. The news that Biden would pay a visit to first-in-the-nation presidential primary state instantly sparked speculation that he’s considering one more bid for the White House.
The 74-year old Biden will be the main attraction at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on April 30.
The Vice President seriously considered a run for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but ultimately decided against it in the autumn of 2015 as he grappled with the death of his eldest son Beau. Last month Biden said he regretted his decision not to run.
As senator from Delaware, Biden launched previous bids for president in 1988 and 2008.
Biden made a day trip to New Hampshire in March of 2015 to receive a distinguished public service award from the Warren B. Rudman Center. But he didn’t return to the Granite State until the closing weeks of the 2016 campaign, when he headlined a rally in Nashua for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and for Gov. Maggie Hassan in her blockbuster U.S. Senate battle against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.
The event will be held at the Manchester Radisson. The dinner, named after Jeanne Shaheen, the current two-term senator and former three-term governor, and the late Sen. Tom McIntyre, is one two annual major Democratic fundraising events in the Granite State.
"We're thrilled that former Vice President Biden is joining us to honor the first ever all-female, all-Democratic delegation at our biggest event of the year," longtime NHDP chair Ray Buckley said in announcing the news about Biden.
The gathering was first held in 1959, when it was just known as the 100 Club Dinner. Last year it was held at the downtown arena in Manchester, just four days before the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and included headliner speeches by Democratic candidates Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
NH1 News was first to report last week that Shaheen, Hassan and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster will team up at the dinner. It will be the time the first all-female and all-Democratic congressional delegation in the country will be together at a public event since last November’s election.