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Joe Biden to address N.H. Democrats

Joe Biden spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 22 during an event marking seven years since former President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.Susan Walsh/Associated Press/File

A little over a week ago, former vice president Joe Biden said he regretted not running for president in 2016.

But later this month Biden will return to New Hampshire, the state expected to hold the first presidential primary in 2020. Biden, 74, will address the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s McIntyre-Shaheen fund-raising dinner on April 30.

“We’re thrilled that former Vice President Biden is joining us to honor the first ever all-female, all-Democratic delegation at our biggest event of the year,” said NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley.

Since serving eight years as vice president and foregoing a third run for president, Biden had appeared to be largely retired from electoral politics. He is affiliated with two policy institutes that bear his name at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.


It is unclear if Biden’s trip to New Hampshire is meant to signal further interest in national politics or not.

“Do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said at a Colgate University forum last month. “I was the best qualified.”

Biden previously ran for president in 1988 and 2008. Biden had flirted with a run in 2016, but said that the untimely death of his son, Beau, months before his decision meant it wasn’t the right time.

First held in 1959 to help launch John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, this fund-raising dinner helped launch the presidential campaigns of Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Biden last attended this dinner in 2011, and he also made an appearance in 1986.

James Pindell can be reached at james.pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell. Click here to subscribe to his Ground Game newsletter on politics.