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Pro-Palestinian protesters boo President Biden's motorcade in Boston

Pro-Palestinian protesters boo President Biden's motorcade in Boston
Pro-Palestinian protesters boo President Biden's motorcade in Boston 02:56

BOSTON - A campaign visit by President Biden to New Hampshire and Boston was punctuated by pro-Palestinian protesters. 

The demonstration organized by the Boston Chapter of the Socialism and Liberation Party set up outside of South Station and booed the presidential motorcade as it drove by. Then, dozens of protesters followed the motorcade and walked into the Seaport amid a large police presence. The protesters briefly blocked traffic on Congress Street. 

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Pro-Palestinian protesters booed President Joe Biden's motorcade as it passed South Station in Boston CBS Boston

The trip comes as President Biden tries to shore up swing state support and donations as recent polls have him trailing former President Donald Trump in several key states. 

The president flew on Air Force One to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport late in the morning and then headed to Nashua where he visited the Westwood Park YMCA to talk about the so-called PACT Act which helps veterans get key benefits as a result of burn pit or other toxic exposure during their service. 

Then, he headed to two fundraising events in Boston. 

Biden has strong support in Massachusetts

Even amid protests, the president continues to have strong support in the Bay State. According to an April poll by Suffolk University and the Boston Globe he has 52% support compared to former president Trump's 22%. His job approval numbers are not as strong with only 50% of voters saying Biden is handling the country well, according to the same poll. 

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President Joe Biden Greets Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, center, as Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, left, watches, as he arrives on Air Force One at Boston-Logan International Airport, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in East Boston, Mass. Alex Brandon / AP

WBZ political analyst Jon Keller says the president needs Democrats to unite around him. 

"Democrats have a history of grousing and complaining. People say it's like herding cats. But in the end, they have a track record of consolidating around their nominee," Keller said.

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