Oct 19, 2015 10:45 PM
Steinhauser: Biden allies in NH ready to roll out operation if VP announces presidential bid
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD -- If Vice President Joe Biden announces in the next day or two that he's launching a third bid for president, a top supporter in New Hampshire says a campaign operation ready to roll out.
State Rep. Dan Eaton tells NH1 News that an organization structure is in place and ready to go if Biden decides to make a third White House run.
NH1 News was first to report in early September that Eaton, a Granite State co-chair of Biden's 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination, was joining the Draft Biden super PAC as New Hampshire state director.
And later last month NH1 News broke the news that Eaton brought on board to Draft Biden Tom Maher as New Hampshire Outreach Director, Mike Bland as the Regional Field Director for the First Congressional District, and Carly Steffes as the Regional Field Director for the Second Congressional District.
Monday Eaton told NH1 News he and Maher, Bland and Steffes are ready to go and that he has "an office in Concord that can quickly be expanded."
Eaton added that he and his team are making up to 1,000 calls per day in the first-in-the-nation primary state and that "several people are very anxious to endorse, but they are waiting for an announcement from the Vice President."
Biden was reportedly meeting Monday evening with his top political advisers. And his team has been making calls to some of the remaining Democratic operatives unaligned in the 2016 nomination battle. Two such operatives, speaking anonymously, confirmed to NH1 News that they had been contacted in recent days by people associated with Biden's political orbit
While Biden has many friends in the Granite State, New Hampshire would be a challenge for him. The Democratic front runner in national polling, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has a very large and strong campaign structure in place and she has the backing of most of the party's elected officials and leaders. And Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who's topped 10 of the last 11 public opinion polls dating back to the beginning of August, has strong support in the state and a campaign structure that nearly matches Clinton's.
Biden was in third place, at 19% and at 11%, in the two public opinion polls in the New Hampshire Democratic primary that were conducted after last Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate.