Shutdown shuts down campaign event
October 8th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
6 months ago

Shutdown shuts down campaign event

(CNN) - From commercials to fundraising to polling, the partial government shutdown appears to be having an instant impact on the 2013 elections.

But Tuesday, something new.

Vice President Joe Biden canceled plans to campaign Friday with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee in next week's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey.

According to a statement from the Booker campaign, Biden's visit to the Garden State "has been canceled because of the federal government shutdown."

Booker holds double digit leads over Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, but his once very large advantage has shrunk in the most recent surveys, with Booker up 12 and 13 points over Lonegan, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota.

The winner of the October 16 special election will serve the remainder of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Cory Booker • Government Shutdown • Joe Biden
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    I'm sure Booker will survive the bitter blow. He's comfortably protected in Bloomberg's exquisitely tailored suit-pocket.

    October 8, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That should prove to everyone in America, that this administration was using YOUR tax dollars for political purposes!

    October 8, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Budget cuts have taken a toll on discretionary travel. If you're upset because you feel tax dollars are being used for campaign purposes, then that's too bad. Some things are the privilege of office. The only tax dollars would involve security personnel, not the actual travel expenses.

    The VP would have the same security no matter where he went. In other words, whining about tax dollars being used for campaing purposes is a baseless argument. Spending his time on campaign efforts is a different story, though.

    October 8, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Lee

    There's a "non-essential personnel" joke in there somewhere, I'm sure.

    October 8, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Long

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. ...Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    October 8, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Long

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. ...Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
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    It was a protest against the Republicans increasing the annual budget deficit 7-9% every year that Bush was in office. The annual deficits have been shrinking every that Obama has been in office. There's just no comparison here.

    October 8, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |