Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the road Wednesday for an event on the economy. In itself this is not remarkable, until one considers the location: New Hampshire.
Biden, as we all know, has not ruled out the prospect of a 2016 presidential run. He's certainly tried before. So his choice of locale is sure to raise some eyebrows.
Biden is set to visit New Hampshire's Seacoast region Wednesday, where he will attend an event about the economy with members of the state's Congressional delegation.
Biden was last in New Hampshire in March, where he tamped down speculation that he was in the state because it holds the nation's first presidential primary.
"I’m here about jobs, not mine,” Biden said in Manchester.
Live free or die, indeed.
Biden has not exactly been avoiding the early primary states. in May he gave the commencement address at the University of South Carolina.
A few days earlier he popped by a party where hundreds of Iowa lobbyists were in attendance.
According to the Des Moines Register, Biden entered the party through a door marked "talent only" and said he attended "because Tom Harkin told me to."
Biden has been traveling a bit lately, but a lot of it has been off the radar. He has been attending Democratic fundraisers across the country where donors who plunked down a large amount of money can have their photo taken with Biden. He does not deliver remarks and the events are not on Biden's public schedule. Viewed in the context of a potential 2016 run, they are an underground way for Biden to shore up support - monied support, to say the least - as he's deciding.
Earlier this week White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama and Biden will continue to spend time and energy supporting Democratic candidates. Obama has also started attending fundraisers where the press is not allowed, attending roundtable events for super PACs he once railed against.
"What I would observe is I don’t think that there is a significant difference between the Vice President, for example, doing photo lines, where he doesn’t do formal remarks, in support of Democratic fundraising activities, and the President convening roundtables with donors to Democratic Party causes to discuss his support for Democrats in the fall elections," Earnest said.