July 13th, 2009
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama & Biden to jump into '09 races

Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser Thursday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.
Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser Thursday for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House is calling out the big guns later this week in the battle to keep two governorships in Democratic hands.

Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser Thursday in Virginia for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

And as previously reported, Barack Obama will be the main attraction Thursday afternoon at a campaign rally for Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey. The first term governor trails former federal prosecutor Chris Christie in the most recent polls of New Jersey voters.

While Obama has headlined seven political fundraising events this year, this will be the first campaign rally he's attended for a fellow Democrat since taking over as president in January.

In Virginia, where Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine is term limited and can't run for re-election, Deeds is locked in what surveys suggest is a dead heat with Republican Bob McDonnell, the former state attorney general.


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Debby

    By the time these races come about Obama/Biden will do more harm than good for these governors if they keep on the path their going.

    July 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. TCM

    Yeah, maybe Obama can tout this headline:

    "..Federal Budget Deficit Tops $1 Trillion for the First Time.."

    Courtesy of Obama and the liberal democratic congress since 2006.

    July 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank You Mr. President. Mr. Deeds has a hard fight ahead of him. People fail to realize that McDonnell beat Creeds for the AG job. I'm almost certain republicans voted in the democratic primary for Deeds knowing that McDonnell can beat him. Not only that, Deeds son just ot hit with a weed and drinking violation. That sure won't help. Knowing southern republicans, they will jump all over this. Please help Mr. Deeds get elected Mr. President. He needs all the help he can get.

    Keep the Old Dominion BLUE

    July 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. pauie_nj

    Shouldn't Obama and Biden be concentrating on more important things like running our country? It seems like all Obama has been doing the past several months is making appearences and traveling abroad. How about actually working for a change ...

    July 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Joe in NJ

    Why would anyone want Obama or Biden campaigning for them?

    July 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. felicia

    Good i want my President to suceed and i hope he kick the pants off the repigs. They don't deserve another term.

    July 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Royster

    All the top politicos get the vote out for their faves!

    This will be interesting........when Palin campaigns for the 'other' side in these races...will she once again try and tie Obama to terrorists? Will she once again say 'Say it ain't so Joe' to harass Biden?
    Will she once again look like a rank community college amateur next to professional politicians?

    And once again, will GOP'ers give her 'Pity Protection' because all the big bad politicians keep calling her abysmal political record out?

    July 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. JJ in NY

    Corzine is nothing more than an affluent jerk who bought his office. He doesn't deserve to hold any political office .

    July 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. aware

    Biden is good for a laugh but no more Obama! His words are a sham! Maybe the dems should consider the twenty-eight year old who pens the words for the teleprompter BO uses! :)

    July 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Mista Big and Mist B

    Biden and Barack got my money waiting....anyone ever check out how much is in the bank...Come Misters B. Bossmen I have a vote waiting for you.
    Biden/Obama...forever.

    July 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Rick

    Once again Biden will kill the Dems. Keep talkin Joe...

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. FREE AMERICA

    OBAMA = Trillions in the hole.
    OBAMA = Goverment owned car companies.
    OBAMA = No New Taxes. Oh i'm sorry Cap n Trade isn't a tax it's an entitlement. Read my lips no new entiltlements.
    OBAMA = Goverment health care.
    OBAMA+CZARS = The undermining of the consititution. Over stepping the meaning of the Tenth Amendment.
    Come on out OBAMA you can help the next round of congressmen for the USSA. Oh sorry USA silly me for thinking were becoming to socialist.

    July 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I hope Obama spends as much time as he can campaigning. The more time he spends reading off teleprompters for other candidates, the less time he has to screw up our country. As for Biden, I want him to campaign because I need a good joke to laugh at.

    July 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. makesUwonder

    Having Obama and Biden campaigning would be like asking Shelia Jackson Lee to speak at ones funeral. NO THANK YOU!

    July 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. yuri

    All is fair in love, war, business, and politics-one could suppose. In so far as it does not interfere with a functioning Gov., there will be little attention paid to these fund raising events and they won't be hair-raisin' ones, anyway.

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Angie in PA

    Federal Budget tops 1 Trillion for first time!

    Thanks a Bunch Bush/Cheney and Republican congress for the Wars and Spending money like no tommorow thanks for the massive debt we have!

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Kathy

    I think it so liberal funny for the person to talk about Palin being an amatuer. What the heck do you think Obama was and is. He was a community organizer. Never held a real job or ran a state or city, which is why we are in the boat we are in now. Everything he promised on the campaign he isn't doing. The Middle class (oh wait I think he calls us the rich people now) will be the ones hit hardest with taxes. I get a hoot how Sara Palin scares the liberals to death. They wouldn't condem her so much if they weren't afraid. Obama will be a one term president when we have to start paying for all of his ideas he thought up with no way to fund them.

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    Joe in NJ....... The question is why didn't the GOP even allow GWB to attend thier convention last fall.?

    I never seen such a slap in the face of a sitting president. Goes to show the low caliber of the previous administration.

    I would wager that Mr Obama presence helps Corzine, but he is trouble overall.

    July 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Kevin B

    Joe in NJ....... The question is why didn't the GOP even allow GWB to attend thier convention last fall.?

    I never seen such a slap in the face of a sitting president. Goes to show the low caliber of the previous administration.

    I would wager that Mr Obama presence helps Corzine, but the govenor is in trouble overall.

    July 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Shibumi

    BO BO and Chia Pet stumping for the Govs. I guess they have nothing better to do with their time (economy, unemployment, NOKO, crushing the private sector, etc.) Why not just send in ACORN and secure a solid victory?
    I'm sure the Demos theme will be "fiscal conservatism" and the wacko libs will have another cup of Kool Aid while chanting "Yes We Can!"

    July 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. jm

    The hubress of these guys is amazing and totally unfounded.

    July 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Average Guy in Kansas

    Hey Joe, a word to the wise: You might want to run your talking points for Mr. Deeds by Mr. Deeds AND your boss. We really like you, so don't give the Repubs any more fodder by cramming your shoe down your throat, OK?

    July 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Angie in PA

    Dont worry Get Barack out there that will be a sure win for Corzine!

    July 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Don't know much about Deeds, but we all know Corzine is an incompetent, partisan crook and based on Dutch, BadNewz,VA@ Deeds sounds like he would have a kinship with Biden and Obama. As a republican candidate, I can't think of anyone I would rather have in my corner than Joe "the Gaffer" and if the economy is still stagnant and lackluster in November (as I am sure it will be since the current administration is composed of arrogant idealouges rather than real people), Obama would be great to have campainging also. He never stopped, it is all he can do, no real brains required, just sneakiness.

    July 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Jaz in Chitown

    @ Royster

    Abysmal record??? How about hundreds of present votes, continuous failure after failure of policies and more time spent bringing in the cash for rich politicians and traveling to New York City and living it up in France than actually doing anything? If Palin's record is Abysmal, then Obama's record is the baseline to which horrid records are measured. ...but he talks real good so I guess you'll vote for him anyway. You liberals must be a used car salesman's dream, you'll fall for anything.

    July 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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