Fresh off what some pundits are calling his best debate performance ever, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden plans to return Monday to New Hampshire, a swing state where recent polls show he and Barack Obama sprinting ahead.
Obama's campaign said this morning that Biden will hold "community gatherings" in the Rochester and Manchester areas.
“On Monday, Senator Biden will come to New Hampshire to talk about the challenges we face on Main Street,” Sandra Abrevaya, the campaign's New Hampshire communications director, said in a statement. “Senator Biden will discuss the critical importance of an economic plan that gives back to hard working American families instead of taxing their health care plans and a giving breaks to CEOs of big corporations. After eight years of an Administration that has neglected the American middle class, Senator Biden will outline an economic policy that will finally make the playing field fair.”
Today, Biden is at his son's deployment ceremony to Iraq. Beau Biden, 39, the state's attorney general, is a lawyer in the Delaware National Guard.
Biden said he has spoken at such ceremonies before as a US senator. "Today I come as a father," he said in brief remarks. "My heart is full of love and pride."
"Thank you for answering the call of your country," he told the Guard members. "Stand strong, stand together, serve honorably, and come home to the families that love you."
In the era of the all-volunteer military, it is rare for national politicians to have children serving in war zones. But along with Biden's son, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's 19-year-old son Track is also in Iraq.
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