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President Biden travels to New Hampshire on Tuesday to showcase the investments his administration is making in the key general election battleground state through the massive bipartisan infrastructure measure he signed into law last fall.
And while 2022 politics will be in the air — the president will team up with Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who is heavily targeted by Republicans as she runs for November’s midterm re-election — the trip of Biden in the state that for a century held the first presidential primary in the race for the White House will also likely shed light on the 2024 race and whether he will seek a second term.
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Biden’s visit to New Hampshire will be his second since taking office in the White House. Last November, the president made the Granite State his first stop to sell the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure he signed into law two days earlier. And Tuesday’s visit comes a week after it stopped in Iowa, the state whose caucuses have kicked off the presidential nomination calendar for half a century.
While the stops in New Hampshire and Iowa are official trips to advance policy, Democratic strategists say campaign politics play a big role when it comes to decisions about the president’s travels.
“There’s no decision the White House makes about where to send the president that doesn’t have some sort of political consideration. They don’t choose those places by accident, ever,” a linked Democratic strategist said. to Biden’s world who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely told Fox News.
Another consultant familiar with Biden’s world who also requested anonymity said that “if someone tells you that no one in the White House has considered the political impact of any trip the president has taken, he probably has a bridge to sell you”.
And the consultant noted that “it is not surprising that the president is now visiting some of these early states to lay the groundwork” before any re-election campaign.
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Biden, who is 79, made history in November 2020 when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for re-election in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 in his second election and 86 at the end of his second term.
Asked more than a year ago at his presidency’s first official press conference about his plans for 2024, Biden said: “My answer is yes. I plan to run for re-election. That’s what I wait.”
And he said in an interview with ABC News in December that “If I have the health that I am in now, if I am healthy, then in fact I would run again.”
The president’s trip to New Hampshire comes less than a week after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to change its 2024 presidential nomination timeline, which could knock Iowa and New Hampshire out of the head they have occupied for decades.
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If Biden takes questions from local reporters during his trip, he’s likely to face questions about the DNC’s move.
Pompeo stops in Iowa
The president isn’t the only potential 2024 nominee to make back-to-back trips to Iowa and New Hampshire.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is mulling a GOP presidential nomination race, was in Iowa on Wednesday. Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who served as CIA director and later as America’s top diplomat under former President Donald Trump’s administration, teamed up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with Rep. Republican Randy Feenstra, who is running for re-election this year.
Pompeo’s trip to Iowa came a week after he stopped in New Hampshire to headline the annual Hillsborough County GOP Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinner.
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Pompeo has been busy over the past year, criss-crossing the country to help raise funds and support fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections. His travels have already taken him five times in the past year to Iowa and three times to New Hampshire. And he also made visits to South Carolina and Nevada, which host the third and fourth contests on the GOP calendar.
In an interview with Fox News during his stop in New Hampshire, Pompeo reiterated that any decisions would come after the November midterms. And he said, ‘My wife and I are going to think, work, pray and make a decision about whether we’re going to return to public service by offering to take elective office.’
But Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, noted that the friends he’s now making on those trips to early voting states could eventually pay dividends down the road.
“We’re always looking to make friends because it’s through friendships and relationships that you develop good results that matter,” he said. “I’ve been in this fight for Conservative politics since I was a young kid and it always makes a difference that you have friends and allies and partners and colleagues and people who believe in something you’re working on and that is close to your heart.”
Scott to NH, Haley to Iowa
Two other potential Republican White House hopefuls will make further stops in early voting primaries and caucus states.
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Fox News was first to report that Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee and former two-term governor of Florida, will be in New Hampshire on May 20 to headline the annual fundraising dinner. Sullivan County GOP’s Lincoln Reagan. .
And former two-term South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, will travel to Iowa on June 29 to speak at the GOP’s Dubuque Regional Reception. of State.
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Haley stopped in New Hampshire earlier this month to campaign and raise funds for fellow Republicans running for office this year.
Hogan’s conservative achievements touted
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t running for anything this year, but that’s not stopping the Republican limited-term governor’s allies from spotlighting his conservative record and accomplishments in his final year in office.
In a one-minute digital ad first shared with Fox News on Wednesday, pro-Hogan public advocacy group An America United touts what it calls the incumbent governor’s “true leadership” and “historic results.” of Maryland.
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An America United says its video, backed by a modest ad buy, will be released digitally nationwide.