Biden speaks in NH, to visit campaign office in Manchester – NECN

Biden speaks in NH, to visit campaign office in Manchester – NECN U.S. NEWS

President Joe Biden flew to New Hampshire on Monday for a quick visit, touting his new budget proposal at a speech at a local YMCA and greeting volunteers for his reelection campaign.

Biden said he was visiting to talk about the $7.3 trillion budget proposal he released, which, if passed, would lower costs for American families, including for medications.

At the Granite State YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown, Biden was introduced by Rose Keller, a 22-year-old Bowdoin College student.

“Just an opportunity of a lifetime,” she said. “I will be telling everybody about this, perhaps for the rest of time.”

Keller has cystic fibrosis and said her family paid nearly $3,000 out of pocket for medications she needs to live.

“My ability to breathe depends entirely on numerous prescription drugs,” she said. “I’ve witnessed first-hand the burden exorbitant drug costs have imposed on my family.”

Biden said his new budget, which is likely to be modified in Congress, will address that and more.

“I’m doing everything I can to lower health care costs to provide people with peace of mind — not at the expense of doctors or medicine or hospitals or drug companies but just to make it fair,” Biden said.

President Joe Biden delivered the 2024 State of the Union address on Thursday, his last address as president before the general election.

He also touched on his likely general election rival, former President Donald Trump, saying in a CNBC interview Monday that he may cut entitlements — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — if reelected.

“He’s still at it,” Biden said.

Later, Biden visited the opening of a campaign field office in Manchester to thank volunteers working on his reelection.

Biden hadn’t been to New Hampshire since April of 2022 and did not campaign in the state ahead of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. He did not appear on the ballot.

Biden and the Democratic National Committee moved South Carolina higher up in the Democratic nominating process, ignoring New Hampshire and threatening not to count its delegates.

But a robust write-in effort and solid turnout for Biden helped him win anyway.


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