October 8th, 2009
09:43 AM ET
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Joe Biden's helping hand

Joe Biden is lending a hand to Creigh Deeds Thursday.
Joe Biden is lending a hand to Creigh Deeds Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Biden heads across the Potomac River Thursday to help out a fellow Democrat.

The Vice President teams up with Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, at a fundraiser in Alexandria. Recent polls suggest that Deeds, a state senator, trails the Republican candidate, former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, from 4 to 9 points. Virginia's current governor, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, is term limited and can't seek a second term.

Biden was in New Jersey Wednesday, the only other state holding a gubernatorial contest this November. The vice president teamed up at two events with Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who's fighting for re-election. Recent surveys indicate that Corzine has now pulled even with Republican challenger Chris Christie, the former federal prosecutor in New Jersey.

Biden, who joined Corzine in June when the governor formally kicked off his re-election campaign, said he and President Barack Obama are committed to helping Corzine win a second term.

"It's critically important he be re-elected," said Biden.

While the campaigns in both New Jersey and Virginia concentrate on local issues and the candidates themselves, they're also partially viewed as an early referendum on the Obama presidency. Obama has traveled to both states to campaign personally with the candidates, and is expected to team up with Corzine again in New Jersey later this month.

Wednesday night Biden lended a helping hand to a Rep. Lary Kissell, the Democrat from North Carolina's eigth district who defeated Republican Congressman Robin Hayes last year, and could face a tough re-election next year.

At a fundraiser for Kissell in the District of Columbia, Biden praised the congressman, saying "there's something magical about someone from a textiles background, and who was teaching high school civics a year ago, to be standing up here with the vice president. That's a miracle. That's what makes this country great."


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wake Up

    Only in America would one dime be raised, or one vote changed because bleach-teethed big mouth Joe Biden is in town. Obama and Biden is the worst administration since Nixon.

    October 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Hugo

    "It's critically important he be re-elected," said Biden"

    All the more reason to vote him out... A beginning to a much needed cleansing of the entire Governmental structure that tax paying American citizens have been burdened with. For those that continue this Republicants and Dubocrats mantra, wake up, it is ALL of them. They have become entitled eltitists, you no longer matter, anything and everything is for their power and control not your benefit. They are the manipulators of truth, the masters of deception, they are lawyer politicians!

    Cleanse America of it's parasites 2010, 2012!

    October 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. diridi

    Joe is a fine man.....thats all i can say......just pass this health care with public option....joe....insurance companies are robbing us...can't tolerate...it any more..joe...

    October 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Billie Lamaire

    Biden can't help himself; how can he help another desperate democrat?

    October 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    It's better for Biden to campaign for other Democrats than Obama: Biden still has some credibility left.
    Republicans will not be influenced by Biden, but some Independents might.

    October 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Liberals are Sneaky

    Sen. Joe Biden officially announced his candidacy yesterday and during an interview with the New York Observer, published the same day, described Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” – Joe Biden, CBS News, 2007

    October 8, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Bluebonnet

    Joe Biden could be much more helpful if he would reign in his state's credit card interest rates. There is a reason all the credit card companies incorporate in Delaware!! But oh no, the dems' sly backroom politics and money grabbing are right up the liberal idiots' alley. Take from the rich, give to the poor (which equates as lazy) so they aren't worried about interest rates. Most of the people that voted this team in don't work, much less have CREDIT!

    October 8, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Sarah "death panel" palin=Osama bin ladden, they both use their influence to fuel extremism

    It's a virtual tie right now, and giving that polling is done by conservative, Deeds is leading

    October 8, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Enough

    Now that's funny, Joe Biden will only help the Republicans when he opens his mouth!! You go Joe!

    October 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Ken from missouri

    Their is no hope for this guy whoever speaks for him let's get real.

    October 8, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Independant Vet

    These 2 flip floppers , are fly by nites, If not one both are flying about , Instead of getting down to real issues. They are out campaining , while our troops are asking for help. Not trying to solve problems. Ready to raise the white flag on all issues. If not there way , No good. Well I say , they are No Good for anything so far. And time is running out . Yet they keep on whinning like two Casterated Bull Dog.'s WE INHERITED ALL THIS > Wright– Pelosi

    Who said they are out there running away from the FLU . Playing cath me if you can . About as stupid as we can look at . Flip Floppers. From the South Side.2

    October 8, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. LIP

    Is Biden doing this on our dime?
    Can we please get some of the people's business completed before running off to support your party politics.
    This country is in the tank, politicians are running amuck with our money, stuffing their pockets with pork and nothing, nothing is being accomplished. Unemployment is nearly 10%, banks are going broke, businesses are shutting their doors, people are begging for handouts and Biden is off playing politics?
    We, the people, need to get this house in order and take back government from these crooks. Vote them out and replace them with fresh crooks that don't know all the in's and out's yet.

    October 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. worriedmom

    Just stay home Biden and work on the economy and war. Deeds already informed Va. voters that he will raise taxes!! I was completely turned off on even giving Deeds a chance when he started his dirty ads. Instead of getting to substance he decided to play the name calling game that Democrats are famous for.
    And by the way, Democrat Gov. Kaine has done nothing for VA except put it in debt. OUr Gov is too busy with Obama to worry about us Virginians!

    October 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Brian

    Yes!!!! There's what we need, Joe Biden trying to help yet another idiot into office!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Willy Brown

    Biden is a Doofus

    October 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Obama Victim

    Joe Biden is an idiot

    October 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |