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The Case for Biden

The New Hampshire Voter

Biden would do better by the Granite State.

Illustration by Peter and Maria Hoey for The Boston Globe

A disastrous year for N.H. President Trump has made the coronavirus pandemic far worse than it had to be — downplaying the risk, failing to build a strong testing regimen, and refusing to wear a mask. The result: more than 440 New Hampshirites have died and 59,300 have lost their jobs. That’s almost one in 10 workers in the state.

Your health. President Trump has also called for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. That was a bad idea before the pandemic and it’s an even worse idea now, with more jobless people signing up for benefits. Getting rid of the ACA would strip 105,000 New Hampshirites of their health care coverage. It would also gut protections for over 570,000 residents — about 4 in 10 people in the state — with preexisting conditions like high blood pressure and mental health challenges. Biden would preserve the ACA and expand coverage.

A better commander in chief. President Trump talks a big game in public about supporting the military. But in private, he’s called soldiers who died in battle “suckers” and failed to confront Vladimir Putin about Russian bounties on American troops. Biden is proposing a $5,000 tax credit for military spouses caring for wounded, ill, or elderly veterans and a national center for reducing veteran suicide. New Hampshire is home to about 100,000 veterans — a sizable presence in a state of about 1.36 million.

Trump threatens N.H.’s future. Sometimes it’s hard to separate President Trump’s bluster from the real thing. But if he’s serious about cutting the payroll taxes that fund Social Security, it would be especially bad for the Granite State. New Hampshire’s population is the second oldest in the nation. And his jeremiads against college and universities — he recently tweeted that he’d instructed the Treasury Department to “re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding” — do not bode well for a state whose economy and identity are so reliant on higher education.

Your vote really matters. Every vote counts in the presidential election. But this year, New Hampshirites' votes will count more than most. The Granite State is a swing state, and it could prove decisive in a close election. The choice is clear: President Trump has been bad for New Hampshire. Biden would be much better.