In Nashua, Biden Praises Job Training And Medicaid Expansion

Mar 25, 2014

The Vice President didn’t waste much time doling out praise and thanks, first for Governor Maggie Hassan and N.H.’s hard-won deal to expand Medicaid.

"Thank you for the health care expansion you just passed. Its going to change the lives of an awful lot of people."

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

Biden then moved on to N.H.’s job training program, which matches prospective workers with companies and uses unemployment dollars to reimburse most of a  trainees salary for up to 6 months. 600 people have been through NH’s program since 2010. Biden, who hasn’t ruled out a 2016 presidential run said its success, and that alone, warranted a special trip.

"And Governor the reason while were here, notwithstanding what others may think is because you run the best outfit in the country. No, I really mean it."

Republicans leapt on Biden’s visit, which also included private democratic fundraising,  because Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster  didn’t join the Vice President in  Nashua.  All remained in Washington, where Congress is in session.