Before leaving the state, Biden was to raise money for three Democratic candidates at a private event.
His office confirmed he would participate in photo lines benefiting Hassan, and New Hampshire Comgresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster. A photo line is where donors can get pictures snapped with politicians.
All three candidates, in addition to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, face re-election this year in a difficult climate for Democrats. Shea-Porter, Kuster and Shaheen spent the day in Washington, where Congress is in session.
The Republican National Committee suggested that the Democrats were trying to distance themselves from the White House, while national Democrats said they were simply doing their jobs. There were hearings and votes scheduled in the House and Senate yesterday.
“Vice President Biden may be looking to get face time with first-in-the-nation voters, but his Oval Office aspirations are complicated by his role championing President Obama’s unpopular tax and spend agenda,” RNC spokesman Michael Short said. “So it’s no wonder Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter, and Ann Kuster are keeping their distance today.”