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Biden Tells New Hampshire Crowd: 'Guys, I'm Not Running'

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden insists he is not making another presidential bid in 2020, despite giving a rousing speech to New Hampshire Democrats about restoring dignity to politics and winning back working-class voters.

    Biden returned to the state on Sunday to honor the nation's first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation at an annual state Democratic Party dinner. He was joined by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, as well as U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter.

    "We know now you've finally earned the title Granite State because you have four women running the show," Biden told the crowd. "Amazing thing, I campaigned for all of them and they won in spite of it."

    Such an early post-election visit to New Hampshire fueled speculation about Biden's presidential ambitions in the days leading up to the event. He quickly put those rumors to rest.

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    "When I got asked to speak, I knew it was going to cause speculation," he said to big applause. "Guys, I'm not running."

    The crowd booed and at least one person shouted, "Run, Joe. Run," before Biden continued with his speech. He said that he was ready to start raising money and campaigning to help get Democrats elected at every level of government. He also touted some of his post-White House policy work including heading up the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware.

    During his evening appearance, Biden discussed the importance of bringing a sense of dignity back to a political system that he referred to as coarse. He said politicians need to get to know each other and not be afraid to work together.

    He also encouraged Democrats to not bemoan how hard the next several years are going to be but, instead, embrace the challenge and look at all there is to be hopeful about.

    "I know it seems like we're hopelessly divided. I know it feels like we're hopelessly stuck in a political death match and we can't figure out how to get out of it," he said. "But we are better than that. I've always believed that we're strongest when we act as one America."

    He told the crowd to abandon the false narrative that Democrats have to choose between progressive idealism and being a party that stands up for the working class. Instead, he said, there is nothing keeping the party from being both.

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    "What's the core reason why you're a Democrat?" he asked. "Because you abhor the abuse of power. Whether it's financial power, psychological power, physical power."

    Biden also told those in attendance that they needed to remind "the 172,000 voters we needed" in the 2016 election that the Democratic Party has not forgotten them and understands them.

    "A lot of them wonder whether we've forgotten them. They are being abused by the system. They are as decent as any one of us are," he said. "So folks, let's go win it back."

    Biden's visit comes just days after Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich stopped in the state to promote his new book.

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