September 8th, 2010
11:07 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden to help Sestak raise campaign cash

 Vice President Joe Biden will fundraise for Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania on Monday.
Vice President Joe Biden will fundraise for Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania on Monday.

Washington (CNN) – First President Barack Obama. Now Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN has learned that Vice President Biden is going to help raise campaign cash for Joe Sestak, the Democrats Senate nominee in Pennsylvania. This comes just five days after CNN reported that Obama would host a September 20 fundraiser to raise money for the two term representative.

The Sestak campaign tells CNN Wednesday that Biden will be the main attraction at a fundraiser for Sestak on September 13 in the Philadelphia area.

Last year the former admiral and congressman from southeast Pennsylvania challenged Republican turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter for their party's nomination. Obama and Biden both supported Specter. But Sestak survived a nasty intra-party battle and defeated Specter in the May 18 primary.

Top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also became involved in a huge controversy over whether they used former President Bill Clinton to dangle before Sestak an advisory job in the executive branch in exchange for him dropping out of the primary contest.

Sestak refused the offer while White House officials have denied that any laws or ethical regulations were breached, and Sestak's campaign staff now says it's time for Democrats to put everything behind them.

Sestak finds himself trailing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, in both campaign cash and in the polls. Toomey was leading Sestak by nine points and ten points in two recent surveys of Pennsylvania voters.

CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, walked along side Sestak in Monday's Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. Sestak told King, anchor of John King USA, that he realizes he's down the polls but is confident he can win in November.

Toomey is teaming up with a high profile surrogate of his own on Thursday. Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is scheudled to join Toomey at a press conference at State College to talk about fiscal responsibility.

–CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report

(Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET)


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Biden • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Sestak is a military man who deserves to be elected.

    September 8, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sestak finds himself trailing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, in both campaign cash and in the polls.

    Sestak is only trailing in campaign cash due to the fact that Pat Toomey is a Wall St. cronie and they are depositing big $ into his war chest. Toomey is out of touch with blue collar workers and that's why he won't win. If he does win, he'll be in the back pocket of Wall St.

    September 8, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Guess the Summer of Economic Recovery Tour is over.

    September 8, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Biden to help Sestak raise campaign cash? Biden? You're kidding, right?

    September 8, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. gt

    that a boy joe .. do what you do best... raise _ _ _ _ _ _ _ money ...looser.. ugh...

    September 8, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. jazz92

    Biden is always good at fundraising. He is likable and funny. You never know what he is going to say.

    September 8, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Rickster

    "In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by Hartford City Council is sure to have its critics. The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September."
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    Yet another example of the lunacy of democrats. Democrats are the dumbest creatures on earth.

    September 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Hey Biden...

    Try to remember – Sestak is from Pennsylvania. Dracula is from Transylvania.

    You're welcome... buffoon.

    September 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Sarah

    Joe Sestak is a great candidate. He is the representative for my area in eastern PA and I have never been happier with a representative. I have met him and seen him in action on multiple occasions and he is very hard working. He was originally behind in the polls against Arlen Spector but came back in the election, and I truly believe that, as PA voters find out more about the candidates, it will be clear that Sestak is a hard-working, true American who gave 31 years of service to our country in the Navy, but is still a Democrat, while Pat Toomey is an extreme conservative who is in politics to help the big businesses and not American families. I have faith in PA that our voters will see Sestak and Toomey in the right light before voting, and the Sestak will win the election.

    September 8, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. jim

    Cash will not trump the great cover -up about Obama job offer.!!!

    September 8, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. John G

    Biden help someone? He can't even help himself and Sestak I'm sorry but you sold out on health care for absolutely NOTHING. Hey Sestak, how much did they pay you for your vote???

    September 8, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Gonna be a waste of money.

    September 8, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Will the people of Penn. vote for another Obozo rubber stamp like Sestak? Hopefully they aren't that dumb.

    September 8, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. diridi

    I am a part time employee, but I shall send 10/ to Biden....for Democrat party.....because, GOP thugs messed this great nation like crazy...to recuperate, i shall send....okay...

    September 8, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. barry

    Great! Biden should talk about his Summer Recovery Program that will help. Also talk about how offering Sestak a job to drop out of the race. Unreal that was never investigated. Just a example of Chicago Politics taken to Washington. Time for the Children to get out of the way and let the adults clean up Obowow's Grand Socialist Experiment gone Terribly Awry.

    September 8, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Once again, wonderful news for the Republicans. Wasn't this hair plugged idiot the one who actually proclaimed this as the "summer of prosperity?"

    September 8, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |