Former vice president Joe Biden stepped up attacks on former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, suggesting that the Democratic Party would be in danger if her presidential candidate was someone as green as the 38-year-old ex-mayor.
“I really believe we are a party when we nominate someone who has never held an office other than Mayor of South Bend, Indiana,” Biden told a crowd in Manchester on Saturday afternoon at the Rex Theater.
Later, during a short gaggle with reporters at his field office in Manchester, he said about Buttigieg: “This guy is not Barack Obama.”
The Biden campaign also released a new advertisement, which placed the records of the two candidates side by side, and was heavier for Buttigieg than the excavations that the former veep performed on stage.
While Biden helped pass the Affordable Care Act on health care to 20 million Americans, the advertising Buttigieg installed “decorative lights under bridges that give the people of South Bend colorfully lit rivers.”
And while Biden saved the auto industry after the 2008 crash, the spot, Buttigieg said, “revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying decorative brick.”
On Saturday, a new Boston Globe and Suffolk University survey showed that Buttigieg even surpassed Senator Bernie Sanders, who was at the top, by one point. Just like in Iowa, Biden remained fourth. He played down expectations in the Granite state, although people did not have to count him.
“Look, the reports of our death are premature,” he said to a field office of volunteers on Saturday afternoon.
“I never paid attention to all that front runner talking from the moment I started the race,” said former vice president Joe Biden during a campaign stop on Saturday in New Hampshire
Former vice president Joe Biden takes a selfie with attendees from his Manchester, New Hampshire event Saturday afternoon
The two boys who presented the ‘pledge of allegiance’ to the public also gave Vice President Joe Biden some colored pictures
Former vice president Joe Biden spoke Saturday in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Rex Theater
Figure skater Michelle Kwan was one of the opening speakers at the event Saturday’s former vice president Joe Biden in Manchester, New Hampshire
At the Rex Theater, however, he said he had never taken on the idea that he was the “leader of the race,” despite being in the lead for months in national polls.
“I never paid attention to all that front runner talking from the moment I started the race,” Biden said.
Biden pointed to his struggle in childhood with a stutter and the tragedies that turned his life upside down. “Nothing has been easy,” he told the audience.
He talked about going door-to-door when he ran to the US Senate in the late 20s. That victory, “was not easy,” said Biden, “but I persisted and conquered.”
“The same applies to both the primary and general elections,” Biden continued. “Like so many other things in my personal and professional life – in fact I will prevail.”
Biden appeared at the Rex Theater after participating in a food assembly line early in Manchester on Saturday morning, causing the city to go hungry.
He had returned to the state after some time in Delaware to participate in Friday night’s Democratic debate.
There he suggested that he thought Sanders would win the state.
“I have a hit in Iowa and I will probably take a hit here,” Biden admitted Friday night during the Democratic debate at nearby St. Anselm College.
Biden has to climb a hill in the next four days before New Hampshire votes, because the last six polls released in the state of Granite are in fourth place.
Joe Biden seen in this screen from a video posted by Olympic Figure Skater and Campaign Surrogate Michelle Kwan speaks with a young unknown boy during a campaign meeting in Manchester New Hampshire on February 8, 2020
Vice President Joe Biden stayed after the former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Saturday. Buttigieg defeated Biden in Iowa during Monday’s caucuses
Former Vice President Joe Biden also went after Senator Bernie Sanders and suggested that Sanders’ “democratic socialist” label would reduce the party’s chances of taking back the US Senate.
WARM RECEPTION: Vice President Joe Biden talks to a local resident volunteering at a food distribution event while campaigning in Manchester on Saturday morning
Former Vice President Joe Biden asked for some public participation during Friday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, in which he told the public to stand and applaud Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman who was removed from the White House earlier in the day
Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman was fired by President Trump Friday as part of a purging post-civil service decision testifying against him. Vindman testified about Trump’s plot in November in November before the House Intelligence Committee
Saturday marked his first full day back on the campaign track since Wednesday, when he seemed to straighten the ship.
At a campaign stop in a church-altered VFW event hall in Somersworth, New Hampshire, Biden Sanders and Buttigieg began to attack by name.
He made similar arguments at the Friday night debate stage, alongside six democratic rivals.
“Bernie has labeled herself, not me, a democratic socialist,” Biden commented on Friday. “I think that’s the label the president is going to put on everyone who runs with Bernie if he’s the nominee.”
Biden suggested that Democratic voters should not only choose a candidate they think would be able to beat President Trump, but also a candidate who can hopefully give a boost to the Democratic senate so that the party can take control of senator majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Sanders, with his democratic socialism, would poison that, Biden argued.
He made the point again in Manchester on Saturday.
“It will depend a lot on who is at the top,” he told voters. “Can the person you vote for beat Donald Trump, that’s the first question?” he said. “Can they help us win back the senate?” is another.
“So ask yourself, it will be easier or harder for a democrat to win with a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket, standing alone. Or is it getting harder? “he said about Sanders.
As for Buttigieg, Biden insists on his inexperience.
“He is a mayor of a small town who has done some good things but has not demonstrated his ability,” Biden argued at the New Hampshire debate stage.
But Buttigieg has also created one of Biden’s most memorable moments at that location.
The former mayor was asked whether the Democrats should be concerned about nominating a candidate who was still “under threat of investigation.”
‘No. And we don’t let them change the subject. This is not about Hunter Biden or Vice President Biden or any Biden – this is about the President’s abuse of power, “Buttigieg said.
“The vice president and I and we all compete, but we have to draw a line here,” added Buttigieg.
The 38-year-old hopefully then went after Trump.
“Being the kind of president – being the kind of person who would try to turn someone against his own son, who would try to arm a son against his own father, is an incredibly dishonest thing,” Buttigieg said.
When it was Biden’s turn, the former fighter thanked Buttigieg for his sentiment and called Trump’s attacks on him and his son “a distraction.”
“But here’s the deal, whoever the candidate is going to come up with,” said Biden.
He then pointed out what happened to Vindman, who had testified against the House Intelligence Committee as part of the charges.
“And by the way, Colonel Vindman was thrown out of the White House today and ran away,” Biden said. “He should pin a medal on Vindman, not on Rush Limbaugh,” the former vice president added.
He then asked the spectators to get up.
“I think we should all stand and give Colonel Vindman a show of how much we support him,” Biden insisted. ‘Get up and clap for Vindman. Go there! “
“That’s who we are, we’re not what Trump is,” said Biden.