Jill Biden helped remove a protester for husband Joe Biden‘s final New Hampshire campaign event on Monday night, walking over to help physically remove the man from the room.
‘I’m a good Philly girl,’ she told reporters afterward.
The protester interrupted Biden’s event as soon as the former vice president started to speak in Manchester. He seemed to be a familiar presence as Biden said ‘the same guy back’ when he heard him start yelling.
The former vice president stood calmly and quietly at the podium while he waited on his staff to remove the man.
Supporters yelled ‘we want Joe’ over what ever the protester was saying. Fire fighters, whose union has endorsed Biden, held up their yellow ‘fire fighters for Biden’ signs over the man’s smart phone as the protester tried to film himself yelling at the former vice president.
Jill Biden helped remove a protester from her husband’s campaign event
She walked over to help staff remove the man
Joe Biden gives Jill a hug
Jill Biden gave a fiery introduction of her husband Monday night
That is when Jill Biden, 68, walked over and helped staff push him away from the former vice president and toward the exit. She then returned to her husband’s side.
Jill Biden has been a constant presence with her husband in the final days leading up to the New Hampshire primary. She also has done her own campaign events.
Jill Biden offered a fiery introduction of her husband at the beginning of his event.
‘No other candidate can bring his decades of experience to this fight. No other candidate can look at Donald Trump and say ‘I know how to lead this country and you are failing us,’’ she said as Joe Biden stood to the side and wiped his eye.
‘And that is why no other candidate can win in November,’ she added. ‘He is the president we need now.’
Joe Biden gave her a big hug after her words.
‘I’m Joe Biden. Jill Biden’s husband. I rest my case,’ he said.
The two married after Biden’s first wife and daughter died in a car accident shortly after he was elected to the Senate. Jill was step mother to his sons Beau and Hunter. Together the couple had a daughter.
After their last campaign stop Monday night, the Bidens wandered into Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Manchester.
The former vice president doesn’t drink but he made the rounds, talking to voters as basketball games played in the background.
Biden has been struggling to gain traction in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after coming out of the Iowa caucuses in fourth place.
A few polls in New Hampshire also showed him in fourth place – tied with Elizabeth Warren and behind Amy Klobuchar.
Joe Biden has struggled to gain traction in New Hampshire
Biden as been down playing the New Hampshire results and suggesting focusing ahead on the next spate of contests, Nevada and South Carolina, where minority voters play a bigger role in the process.
Nothing’s going to happen until we get down to a place and around the country where there’s much more diversity,’ Biden said Monday on CBS ‘This Morning.’ ‘And, you know, you’re always behind the eight ball when you’re running in New Hampshire and you have two people from the neighboring states.’
Biden’s campaign has tried to spin an upbeat message that he’ll hit a stride after New Hampshire.
‘We’ve said from the outset of this campaign that the path to the nomination for Joe Biden runs through Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday,’ Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told a group of reporters in Manchester Monday morning at a Bloomberg News breakfast.
Joe Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said the ex-veep will be ‘competitive’ in New Hampshire, though wouldn’t describe what that meant, but she said his real path to the nomination is through Nevada, South Carolina and Super Tuesday, contests that come next
‘We believe we’re going to do well,’ she added, offering her prediction for Biden’s chances of moving up the leader board in the Granite State.
Bedingfield, however, wouldn’t define what well means.
‘I’m not going to handicap an outcome. I think we’re going to be competitive,’ she said.
When a reporter brought up a World Series analogy, Bedingfield played ball this way: ‘I would say this is Game 2 and we’re going all the way to Game 7.’
‘He’s been very clear he’s the underdog here. As we have two home state senators, essentially, who are competing here. We’ve made no bones about the fact that, you know, we believe he’s the underdog here. I’m not going to pre-determine what the outcome is going to be tomorrow night,’ she also said.
Without strong showings in the first two states, Bedingfield contended that Biden would still keep his numbers intact in South Carolina, where many voters are black.
‘It goes back to the long relationship he has with the African-American community,’ she explained.
A Quinnipiac poll out Monday afternoon found that 25 per cent of Democratic voters or independent voters who lean Democratic support Sanders, who won the popular vote in Iowa and looks poised to win in New Hampshire – boosted by his next-door-neighbor status.
Biden is now in second place with 17 per cent support, and he’s lost a crucial voting bloc, as the percentage of black voters who support his candidacy is at 27 per cent, down from the 51 per cent Quinnipiac measured in December.