Biden to be in South Carolina ahead of special congressional election
March 23rd, 2013
05:21 PM ET
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Biden to be in South Carolina ahead of special congressional election

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will attend a South Carolina Democratic dinner the weekend before a special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in the state, a source familiar with his plans told CNN, though he doesn't plan to campaign for the Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Colbert Busch will face off against either former congressman and governor Mark Sanford or former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic in the May 7 general election for the 1st Congressional District.

She won the Democratic nomination this week while the Republican candidate - either Sanford or Bostic - will be decided in an April 2 runoff.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the South Carolina Democratic Party. Biden will not be in the first district during his trip to the Palmetto State, and Colbert Busch is not attending the dinner, according to her campaign.

Colbert, a satirist and host of a Comedy Central show, campaigned on his sister's behalf.

"She's my sister, and I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her," Colbert told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper this week on CNN's "The Lead."

Colbert Busch, an official with Clemson University's wind turbine drive testing facility, is expected to have an uphill climb because the district is heavily Republican and one in which Mitt Romney won by a larger margin than he did in the state as a whole.


Filed under: Joe Biden • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
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  1. Donna

    Is Joe planning on going down there and telling the people of South Carolina that the Republicans are going to put them all back in chains and that they should go out and buy shot guns and fire them in the air? Or is he looking for another biker chick photo op? Gotta love Crazy Joe... just not a heart beat from the presidency. I think he's a few cards short of a full deck.

    March 23, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    thats right joe biden go ahead and speak for the president, until obama get done with making peace in the middle east an in other places.

    March 23, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Hope they ride him out of town on a rail..........the puppet of the dictator isn't welcome in SC.

    March 23, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. king

    i hope the colbert wins, because yah knows we dont need another obstructionist in congress, this crap has been going on now for 4 years, we need an end to this crap. i understand the repubs just want to cut everything and give to wall street. but wall street is looking out for themselves and seeing who can get the most money. they are building and investing in china at record pace with american money, while our streets, bridges, roads, schools, and logistics, decays away like the dust of the earth, if we ever allow china economy, and its military to catch up with us, it will be over with. china has 5 times more spenders weve got, and catching up with a china middle class will be like blowing out a light bulb. we need to get some the money in taxes from wall street to help our economy before they use all of it in china. we need to rebuild our crumbling country for crying out loud, we cannot wait another four years for this.

    March 23, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Ex governor Mark Sanford found God and is ready to go to Washington and shake things up .

    He is a new man , trust him all the way to the bank.

    March 23, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Steamed Pig

    If they tried to keep him out, there'd be hell to pay.

    March 23, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Name Uche Agonsi

    I think is time US streamlined its concept of capitalist democracy. A system where a defeated political party in an election tries to frustrate the programs of the winner or draws a budget for the winner to follow seems to me a recipe for chaos ,

    March 24, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    If Sandford wins the primary and eventually the final vote to represent the state.
    Then, I have just lost any and all respect for both the GOP and the the electorate in that state.
    He's an adulterer and liar period.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 24, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |