On Apr. 23, Vice President Kamala Harris made her first official trip to New Hampshire, thirty days after being appointed by Biden to lead the administration’s efforts to stem the flow of refugee border crossings, and three days before auditors were selected for the forensic audit in Windham, NH. Many questioned why Harris was in N.H. when she had neither visited nor held a press conference about the expanding border emergency.
Harris’ journey to the Granite State was her first since 2019 when she was still a California U.S. Senator running for president. The trip extended visits to numerous places in the U.S., including California, Illinois, Connecticut, and North Carolina. The vice president’s visit to the early-primary state sparked curiosity in some who questioned whether the visit was a political move in the race for the 2024 White House should Biden not run for a second term.
Still, others, including Republicans, were confused by the timing of Harris’ trip to New Hampshire, especially considering the amount of criticism she has received for not addressing the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), said at a news conference before Harris’ visit, “The top Democrat in charge of the border situation has spent a month avoiding the southern border.”
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu (who signed SB43 on Apr. 12, approving Windham’s audit), Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, and Rep. Chris Pappas welcomed Harris at Laconia Municipal Airport. In December, a frustrated Sununu urged fellow Trump voters to “move on for the sake of the country,” rather than continuing to reject the results of the 2020 election. On the Jack Heath radio show in his state,