Following State of the Union address, Biden to visit Manchester on Monday

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, on March 7, 2024, in Washington. 

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, on March 7, 2024, in Washington.  Shawn Thew

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Monitor staff

Published: 03-08-2024 2:20 PM

President Joe Biden will make his first appearance in the Granite State on Monday since before the presidential primary where his name did not appear on the ballot because of party politics.

Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on lowering costs for American families in Manchester and then attend a separate campaign event, according to the White House.

The president’s trip to New Hampshire comes on the heels of his State of the Union address Thursday night, where he hailed the strength of the economy, called out Republicans in Congress for rejecting a bipartisan border bill and vowed to protect the right to an abortion – essentially laying the foundation for a rematch with former President Donald Trump in November. 

“I came to office determined to get us through one of the toughest periods in our nation’s history,” he said. “And we have. It doesn’t make the news but in thousands of cities and towns the American people are writing the greatest comeback story never told.”

Monday marks the president’s first visit to New Hampshire since 2022, when he promoted his bipartisan infrastructure bill with an event at the New Hampshire Port Authority in Portsmouth.

The themes of his speech then – infrastructure investments, job creation and lowering costs – resurfaced Thursday night. 

“I inherited an economy that was on the brink,” he said at the State of the Union. “Now our economy is the envy of the world.”

While Biden did not call on Trump by name, the president referred to his “predecessor” throughout. He leaned on anecdotes from the audience to drive home the repercussions of Trump’s presidency. 

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The first lady invited Katie Cox, a mother from Dallas to attend the address after she had to travel out of state to have an abortion, after she learned it was a non-viable pregnancy. 

She then sued the state of Texas, and was the first person to do so after Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022 and the right to an abortion was left in the hands of state lawmakers. 

Trump has vowed to champion a federal abortion ban if re-elected. Meanwhile, Biden stated he would restore Roe v. Wade if given the chance to do so. 

“Many of you in this Chamber and my predecessor are promising to pass a national ban on reproductive freedom,” he said. “Clearly, those bragging about overturning Roe v. Wade have no clue about the power of women in America.”

He also shared the story of Latorya Beasley, a mom from Alabama who had a baby girl through in-vitro-fertilization and hoped to have her second child as well, until the state suspended the treatements. Biden promised to guarantee the right to IVF nationwide and again, blamed Trump and the demise of Roe v. Wade for stories like Beasley’s. 

“My predecessor came to office determined to see Roe v. Wade overturned. He’s the reason it was overturned. In fact, he brags about it,” he said. “Look at the chaos that has resulted.”

Attention to the Southern Border has transcended conversation in the New Hampshire State House with Governor Chris Sununu asking the legislature for funding to deploy the National Guard to Eagle Pass, Texas. 

The request came after a bipartisan border protection bill stalled in Congress, which would have hired 1,500 more border security agents and officers, as well as judges, asylum officers and drug detection machines. It would have also given this and future presidents the authority to shut down the border if the number of migrants crossing reached a certain threshold. 

“This bill would save lives and bring order to the border,” he said. “But unfortunately politics have derailed it so far. I’m told my predecessor called Republicans in Congress and demanded they block the bill.”  

Biden’s visit to New Hampshire Monday is a part of his campaign's “Month of Action," where the president is traveling to eight battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

The tour accompanies a media blitz, with his team launching a $30 million ad campaign. 

Although absent from the New Hampshire primary in January, Biden still won through a state-wide write-in campaign. 

While critical of the president’s decision to reorder the president's primary schedule, with South Carolina as the first contest, New Hampshire’s all-Democrat Congressional delegation is now showing out for his November campaign. 

“At this year’s State of the Union, President Biden reminded the American people of the historic progress we have made throughout the first three years of his presidency, who we are as a nation and our shared responsibility to defend democracy and freedom around the world,” U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen said after the address. 

In the Republican rebuttal, U.S. Senator Katie Britt, from Alabama, attacked Biden for his age, economic policies and security at the Southern border. After her speech, which she delivered from her kitchen table, Trump praised her message on Truth Social. 

As the presumptive GOP nominee, Trump is piling up endorsements, including one from former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, who is running to replace Sununu as governor. In 2016, Ayotte announced weeks before the election that she would not vote for Trump after Access Hollywood tapes revealed hi m bragging about assaulting women. 

Now, she reversed course and backed the former president, citing Biden’s “cognitive decline” as a concern.