June 25th, 2010
11:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden heads to Wisconsin to assist Feingold

 Vice President Joe Biden will be in Wisconsin Friday to headline a fundraiser for Sen. Russ Feingold.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Wisconsin Friday to headline a fundraiser for Sen. Russ Feingold.

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail again on Friday.

Biden heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to headline a fundraiser for fellow Democrat Russ Feingold. The three-term senator is up for re-election this year. He'll face off in the general election in November against businessman Ron Johnson, who last month won the Wisconsin Republican party's endorsement, or businessman David Westlake. Those two candidates will face off in the GOP primary held on September 14.

"Feingold's maverick image fits well in his state, but he has never won by a huge margin," says Stuart Rothenberg, publisher and editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.

Rothenberg lists the contest as Democrat favored. Another well respected non-partisan political handicapper, Charlie Cook, lists the seat as safe for the Democrats.

On Monday, Biden was in Chicago, serving as the main attraction at fundraisers for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate nominee in Illinois, and Dan Seals, the Democratic nominee for the House seat in Illinois 10th congressional district. Next week he's scheduled to travel to Indiana and Ohio to help raise campaign cash for fellow Democrats.

Next Wednesday President Barack Obama visits southeastern Wisconsin, to discuss the economy. It's not known if Feingold will attend that event. The senator is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding confirmation hearings next week for the Elena Kagan nomination to the Supreme Court.

–CNN's Frances Sanchez contributed to this report

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Russ Feingold
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Slick William

    Uh-oh, hang it up Feingold....Joe Bite me is on the way to help....

    June 25, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. tin-man..

    Clinten and Biden the two panhandlers for the DNC....Shame! raising money for politics when the people in the Gulf are in need and many are hurting around the country...............!!

    June 25, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Randall in Torrance, CA - To: phoenix86 - You are as uninformed and uneducated as the Arizona Governor is Ugly (and that's ugly!)

    The economy is recovering, but slowly due to the blood alcohol poisoning it induced when the GOP was in charge of everything. Obama just imposed strong sanctions against Iran with a lot of international backing. People like you are too dumb to understand the gravity and incalculable scope of destruction this oil spill caused due to the GOP policy that went unhindered for decades, of "The U.S. Government Shall Not interfere with Giant oil companies expolitation of our non-renewable natural resources. You must be upset beacuse you work at a BP gas station that sells Fox News tabloid magazines and business is down at the moment because BP is trying to cover-up, uh-hem, I mean recover from their poluuted public image, while pretending to care about fixing the spill.

    June 25, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is a no brainer, Feingold will win.

    June 25, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jon

    Feingold is a good man and will win in November.

    June 25, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Washington D.C. Insider

    Mr. Vice President, I know I speak on behalf of multiple people, but you need to really be doing your job in DC. I know that congress is out, but hey in case you haven't heard...we have a Gulf Crisis going on with oil. And yeah, in case you didn't remember we have conflict in Afghanistan that needs some attention to make our July 2011 deadline.

    I do like how the President got squirrelly about the July 2011 date. Basically, he said don't expect a full withdrawal, but more a gradually decline. So if he removes one person on July 11th, then he has fulfilled his promise for a reduction...hah.

    June 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Ben

    There he goes again, trying to save Obama's bacon. Biden's a joke just like this whole administration.

    June 25, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Wisconsinite

    @snow who said: "This looks and feels good, maybe feingold will be sent home in November."

    There's a better chance that you will drown in your cup of TEA than Russ Feingold being defeated!!! Sen. Feingold is a fine man and has served the state of Wisconsin with honor!

    June 25, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Wisconsinite

    @obama victim June 25th, 2010 11:48 am ET

    be afraid Russ.....very afraid

    Russ has absolutley NOTHING to be afraid of. You, on the other hand, seem to be a "victim" of your own stupidity and if I were you . .. I'd be "very afraid" of that!

    June 25, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Steve

    Feingold was the only guy in the Senate with the sack to vote against the biggest federal government power grab of our lifetimes in the form of the Patriot Act.

    If that doesn't win him a lifetime pass from you, you don't love freedom.

    June 25, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. JonQ

    If he wins, he should invite Joey to the post-election party. That would be a big f@$#ing deal.

    June 25, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Awakened Now

    He's such a boob. A real partisan idiot with Democratic blinders on. Yet CNN and the rest of the general media continues along with the charade and reports on him in laughably serious manner. As if most aren't on to their propagandistic shenanigans presented each day to us as "journalism." Everybody I know now laughs at and derides the TV talking heads with their self-important mock-serious manner. Yet they forge ahead, thinking nobly of their own fine work.

    And yet Biden is only one embarrassing aspect of this most ineffective and LYING administration is this country's history. Shame on them all.

    June 25, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Get A Grip

    What a disaster this guy and his boss is. Both complete failures.

    June 25, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Larry

    Feingold? Is that the guy who keeps spamming my inbox?

    No, wait, that's David Feingold.

    June 25, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Edward

    the only good thing Biden did by becoming VP was to free the Senate of one more long serving nut job.

    June 25, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. haren

    to .
    Obama and Biden are toxic June 25th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

    This is good news for the GOP, this will remind the voters, who shoved down our throat the failed stimulus package, the healthcare plan with reconciliation instead of the traditional 60 votes, the takeover of an auto industry, the party that wants illegals to become legal citizens, the party of socialism and marxism, the party that wants to change the rules that made this country great for 200 years into the rules that have proven to destroy countries with MASSIVE DEBT, that is unsustainable and is taking down the financial road of hell and collective pain with high taxes and misery.

    One advize to writer stop watching FOX made up news.
    this country is destroyed in last 20 years by rich people not paying taxes.
    We like to have rich people like Warren buffert, bill gates,rockfellar, ted turner and not this thieves of wall street and oil man.
    and don't forget auto industy is saved by OBAMA.

    June 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Dean

    Biden doesn't even know where he is much less what he is doing. And to think people were afraid of something happening to McCain if he was elected??????????

    June 25, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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