POST TIME: 10 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Biden brings confidence to New Hampshire
AFP, Concord

Biden brings confidence to New Hampshire

Democrat Joe Biden strode into New Hampshire’s state house Friday like he owned the place, back-slapping officials and insisting he has broad voter support as he ramps up his bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Biden has struggled to retain the frontrunner status that he claimed when he entered the crowded Democratic field in April. He faces tough competition from progressive US senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and from up-and-coming fellow centrist Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who is half Biden’s age.

The party elder statesman finds himself under relentless attack by Trump, who has branded him “corrupt,” without evidence, for his son’s dealings with a Ukraine energy firm.

Biden’s debate performances have been shaky, and questions have swirled about whether the candidate—who turns 77 on November 20 -- has the stamina for a gruelling one-year campaign. And Biden faced renewed scrutiny Friday after Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York, suddenly signalled he could enter the race, possibly syphoning moderate voters away from the former vice president.