Former Vice President Joe Biden, fresh off his announcement that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, will visit New Hampshire in May.
According to the Concord Monitor, Biden will be in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state May 13-14.
A University of New Hampshire poll released three days before Biden’s announcement shows his support at 18 percent in the Granite State, trailing Bernie Sanders, who leads the crowded 2020 field at 30 percent.
In his announcement video Thursday, Biden criticized President Donald Trump for his response to violence by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virgina in August 2017.
“That’s when we heard the words from the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation,” Biden said. “He said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides.”
Garrison Nelson, a retired University of Vermont political science professor, appeared told Local 22 & Local 44 Thursday that Biden may be a stronger candidate than Sanders.
“Joe Biden’s links to Barack Obama as his Vice President for eight years really gives him a much greater in with people of color and with women than Bernie does,” Nelson said. “Bernie’s problem has been with women and minorities.”
Biden’s announcement day was not without controversy. The New York Times reported Thursday that Biden called Anita Hill to express regret over her treatment during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. However, Hill told the paper she was “unsatisfied and unconvinced” that Biden truly accepted responsibility.
Trump weighed in on Biden’s announcement via Twitter, saying “I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign.”
Nelson questioned whether Biden can handle Trump’s criticisms.
“He will say and do anything in order to denigrate you and destroy your reputation, and I’m not sure Joe is really up for that,” Nelson said. “I think, quite frankly, that’s one of the reasons he’s been so reluctant to get involved in the race. I don’t think he wants to subject his family to this assault from Donald Trump.”
Biden will make his first television appearance since his announcement Friday on ABC’s The View.