Kerry to campaign with Biden in New Hampshire

Kerry to campaign with Biden in New Hampshire

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Divided country, divided church TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month MORE will campaign with Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE in New Hampshire to help bolster the former vice president’s chances in the state’s crucial 2020 primary.

Biden’s presidential campaign announced Thursday that Kerry will join Biden at events in Nashua and Hampton on Sunday as the former vice president remains tangled in a tight race.

Polling has shown a fluid field in New Hampshire, with Biden in its top tier along with Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security MORE (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE. The RealClearPolitics polling average in the New Hampshire primary shows Buttigieg with a 3-point lead.

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However, observers speculate that Warren and Sanders could end up with advantages in the Granite State, where primary voters have a track record of rewarding candidates who hail from neighboring states. 

Kerry’s endorsement Thursday and appearances with Biden this weekend could help neutralize that factor: Kerry represented Massachusetts in the Senate for 18 years before being tapped by President Obama to serve as secretary of State. 

The campaign’s announcement of Kerry’s appearances comes after the former Massachusetts senator announced his endorsement for Biden.

“I believe Joe Biden is the President our country desperately needs right now, not because I’ve known Joe so long, but because I know Joe so well,” Kerry, who was the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee, said in a statement.

“I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE has smashed apart," he added.

Biden and Kerry served together in the Senate for more than two decades and worked together again in the Obama administration. Kerry is the second Obama administration Cabinet member to endorse Biden in the presidential race after former Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE threw his support behind Biden’s White House bid last month.