Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden heads to Chicago Monday to lend a helping hand to a fellow Democrat hoping to keep President Barack Obama's old Senate seat in party hands.
Biden is the headliner at a fundraiser for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate nominee in Illinois. The Illinois state treasurer is facing off against Republican Rep. Mark Kirk for the seat now held by Democrat Roland Burris, who is not running for a full term this year. Burris was named by now-ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich to replace Obama, who stepped down from the seat following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.
Giannoulias has seen his bid for the Senate rocked by the controversy over his family's bank, which was taken over by federal regulators earlier this year.
Kirk has had is own problems in recent weeks. He's apologized for mischaracterizing portions of his 21-year military career, and the Pentagon confirms that the candidate was counseled by the military twice in the last two years for violating rules that bar members of the armed services from partisan political activities.
At the beginning of June, two well respected non-partisan political handicappers rated the race as competitive. The Cook Political Report said the contest leaned Republican, while the Rothenberg Political Report rated the race as toss up/tilt Republican.
Prior to the Giannoulias fundraiser, Biden is the main attraction at a political event for Dan Seals, the Democratic nominee for the House seat in Illinois 10th Congressional district.
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if good ole foul mouth joe and the president would spend more time working instead of there constant campaining we might get something dont with the oil in the gulf..... pitful...
the whole area has a stench
What we have are two "empty suits" running against one another.
Biden trying to "HELP"? That's a joke and so is he.
Is that the guy in Chicago who's family bank was bailed out instead of the FDIC taking it over? The same bank some big wall street firms were told to help out?
Are there any honest politicians in Chicago?
You're in Chicago, becasue there is nothing better to do in America today!
What is he going to do – help them lose ?!
Doesn't he mean "dictocrats"? The Dems have become the party of dictatorship, in America.
EVEN in the People's Republic of Illinois (my former state), the Socialist Democrat party is in trouble.
When Illinois goes Red, you know the statists are in trouble.
Illinois is in horrendous economic shape because of GENERATIONS of liberal democrat mismanagement. It's pretty bad when you envy Haitians and Soviet-era Bulgarians for their economic prowess.
Only Biden? Maybe they realized that the Dems that have Obama stump for them are losing.
Boy, Biden's fellow Democrats, are you in trouble if you are relying on him for support. Kiss of death!
Does anyone honestly think Biden will help here? He'll just stick his foot in his mouth like he usually does. What a joke.
Guess good old Joe is rested up after that golf game Saturday with Obama and a few others....
"President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden.
The White House pool report noted that Obama left at about 1 p.m. for the course at Andrews Air Force base, and his golfing parters included White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and David Katz, the energy efficiency campaign manager at the Department of Energy."
Hey Cnn.....maybe you should have reported this little story while reporting your story on the BP CEO yacht outing. Seems like it wasn't only the BP CEO goofing off on Saturday when they should have been keeping their nose in the oil spill disaster. Obama and his crew were goofing off as well.
GREAT. He and his family bankrupted the family bank and who knows how much money was siphoned off and biden wants to put him in DC to help run this countries economy. Only demorats are this dumb except for the fools who vote for nobummer and the liberal demorats.
It's Lake Michigan – not Lake Illinois.
It's Chicago, Illinois... not Chicago, Michigan.
Hope this helps, buffoon.
The dems are in real trouble if Biden is coming to help. Open mouth insert foot politics.
The administration of professional incompetence is back on the campaign trail to sell some more snake oil.
Doing just what this admin does best, campaigning for other campaigners instesd of doing the job they were hired to do. All of them need to be fired.