Joe Biden campaign stops aimed at voters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vice President Joe Biden was greeted by cheering crowds in New Hampshire

Vice President Joe Biden has kicked off a trip to New Hampshire by touting plans to boost infrastructure spending.

Earlier, in Connecticut, Mr Biden, 66, made a pitch for tougher gun controls after Wednesday’s school shooting there.

Mr Biden is in the first state in the presidential nominating process where Democrats can register an interest.

The former Delaware senator is also expected to visit Iowa and Maine.

Both Mr Biden and Texas Democratic Sen. Beto O’Rourke are considering running for president, but neither has formally announced his candidacy yet.

The New Hampshire stop will be Mr Biden’s first in the state since announcing he was considering running, and the second public appearance of his tour.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Earlier in Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden made a pitch for stricter gun control

On Thursday in the eastern New England state, he will give a speech about the “rising tide of insecurity” that has happened over the past year.

“It’s no longer about the small differences that separate us. It’s about the size of the gulf that separates us,” he will say.

In the speech, he is expected to refer to the argument made by the Republican candidates in last week’s White House debate that “a certain inequality of opportunity means that people should think of themselves as luckier than they are”.

Mr Biden will say that US democracy is threatened by ignorance and misinformation from the Trump administration and said he is “tired of rolling the boulder up a hill and watching it roll right back down”.

In both appearances, Mr Biden will address the Connecticut school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Las Vegas massacre, as well as how the US is less safe than it was just a decade ago.

On Sunday, he will be visiting Iowa, also a presidential caucus state, to answer potential Democratic presidential candidates’ questions in a town hall.

During the town hall, the vice president will be questioned about his experience and future career, the office of president and “big differences in the way you can use your talents to help Americans.”

He has not formally announced his decision, but has made it clear he is running and has begun campaigning in an effort to raise funds.

Earlier in the week, Mr Biden said that he is not motivated by money and all the “entertainment centric” aspects of modern politics, but that does not mean he is uninterested in money.

“I came to this office, why I’d said, ‘We are on a horrible path because [people] don’t get even the most basic fact,’ the vice president said in a video posted on Twitter on Friday.

“They don’t have the basic truth about what your future is going to be like.”

Image copyright AFP Image caption On Sunday, Mr Biden will also discuss the promise of government, pledging that “we are not going to pursue a gridlocked, factional politics anymore”

“We have got to restore the truth,” he said, “and the purpose of government is to provide that truth to the people in this country.”

“I’m going to offer to the people in Iowa a time to prove myself.”

The vice president has recently ramped up his campaign rhetoric, aligning himself with both President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who defeated him in the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections.

In a news conference last week, Mr Biden called Mr Trump’s comments about a San Juan mayor “ignorant” and “beneath the dignity of the office”.

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