A top Biden supporter in N.H. gives some blunt advice

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden at a town hall event in Laconia on Friday. Paul Steinhauser—For the Monitor

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Published: 9/6/2019 9:27:06 PM

State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro says he wants his good friend Joe Biden to listen up and be more concise.

D’Allesandro, the longtime lawmaker from Manchester who’s known as the ‘Lion of the state Senate,’ told the Monitor earlier this week that he was hoping to get some one-on-one time with Biden when the former vice president and front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination was next in New Hampshire. 

That meeting happened on Friday, as D’Allesandro drove to Laconia and met with Biden before the start of the candidate’s town hall, which kicked off the former vice president’s weekend campaign swing in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

D’Allesandro – who’s known Biden for years and last month endorsed the former vice president’s White House bid – said that he urged Biden to practice more brevity during his campaign events.

“I said that he’s got to leave them wanting more and be specific and right on point. He’s got a great message but he’s got to condense it and get it out there,” D’Allesandro told the Monitor.

D’Allesandro said he thinks Biden got the message. 

“I think he concurred,” D’Allesandro said. “He understood what I was saying, clearly.” 

The state senator stuck around for the town hall – where Biden spoke and answered questions from the audience for just over an hour.

Did D’Allesandro think Biden was concise? 

“I think there were moments he was concise and the people appreciated that,” D’Allesandro said. “But there were other times when he was way too long.”




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