BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Vice President Joe Biden spent Wednesday in New England.

He started his visit at the JFK Library in Dorchester where he marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s speech to Congress urging NASA to reach the moon by the end of the decade.

Apollo astronauts fulfilled Kennedy’s dream by landing on the moon in 1969.

Afterward he paid a visit to a Chrysler auto dealership in Manchester, N.H., on his way to speak at a state Democratic Party dinner.

He thanked the employees at Bonneville and Son Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, one day after Chrysler repaid $10.6 billion in U.S. government loans more than six years ahead of schedule.

Biden hailed Chrysler’s return to profitability and recent job creation.

On Wednesday night, he spoke in Nashua at the annual 100 Club Dinner. The party’s first one was held more than 50 years ago to promote John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Over the years, it’s attracted large crowds and prominent political speakers.

Last month, Biden was in New Hampshire to announce an initiative to reduce sexual assaults on college campuses.

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