Vice President Biden works the phone
November 6th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
9 months ago

Vice President Biden works the phone

Updated 11/6/2013 at 10:25 a.m. ET

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden called several winners in Tuesday's elections, including reaching out to the new mayor of a town in Iowa - a contest that had garnered national attention, an official in the Vice President's office confirmed.

The Vice President reached out to Tuesday evening to new Coralville, Iowa mayor John Lundell after Americans For Prosperity, a group linked to the Koch Brothers, weighed in against his candidacy and that of two city council members. The conservative national advocacy group got involved because of the city's debt.

"I got this call and I was very surprised and I answered it. It was Vice President Joe Biden," Lundell told CNN affiliate KCRG. "He's just calling to congratulate the city of Coralville for successfully defeating the Koch brothers and that group and told me that that type of politics doesn't belong in this country and certainly doesn't belong in a community the size of Coralville."

Biden also reached out to more than 10 elected officials who won re-election, including Syracuse, New York Mayor Stephanie Miner and Allentown, Pennsylvania Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

"Last night, Vice President Biden spoke with more than 10 elected officials and left messages with many others. He congratulated those who won and thanked those who lost for their hard work. The Vice President looks forward to working with elected officials at all levels of government over the next few years," said an official with the Vice President's office.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Run Joe... RUN!!!

    No seriously – RUN!!! I'll even send you some $$$ for your primaries.

    Dear God, PLEASE let it be Biden!!!!!!

    November 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Mightyduk

    Any person or policy supported by the Koch brothers cannot be good for average America.

    November 6, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Stuffit

    We'll the democrat liberals bought themselves an election. It really does not matter, McAullife will be under indictment or in jail by the end of his term. He makes Blago look honest. Perhaps now some honest member of the mainstream media (oxymoron) will investigate the GTA, Tunica, Ms. scandal involving McAuliffe, Clinton and Obama. It woul sure help CnN's credibility and rating if they did. I know they won't because the regime would punish them.

    November 6, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Borderless

    Who taught him how to work a phone?

    November 6, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Those phone calls meant a big f-'ing deal to these mayors.
    Say what you will you're a class act and the real deal.

    November 6, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. $$$$

    Yeah, that's great work, Joe. Just make sure you remember to mow the lawn at the White House on Friday.

    November 6, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Good news in Iowa: a raft of Koch- funded candidates lost. The weathervane continues its leftward motion.

    November 6, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yeah, that's great work, Joe. Just make sure you remember to mow the lawn at the White House on Friday.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Oooh, somebody sounds bitter this morning!

    November 6, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    The people of America have allowed the dictator to take total control. They will eventually regret that fact.......but not until the true impact of their actions is felt by all.

    November 6, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Data Driven

    @Stuffit,

    "It woul sure help CnN's credibility and rating if they did."

    We probably disagree on how this network can regain credibility and ratings, but one thing is clear: their wall-to-wall coverage of healthcare dot gov yielded them the worst ratings week in over a year. It's become a national story. And they're doubling down on stupid, uploading a story late last night about the first few days of the website rollout. They're covering last month's story. Today.

    " Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"

    November 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Anonymous

    @Stuffit and Borderless:

    Spew all the hate you want to. I will put Joe Biden's character, honesty and moral standing up against any of your
    less than stellar politicians, ie, Vitter, Sanford, not so American Cruz, ding-dong Paul, and a whole host of others.
    Some Democrats are certainly not perfect, and some Republicans aren't either.
    But Joe Biden is heads above anyone you could name.

    November 6, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...A little sugar to go with your Tea???!

    November 6, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Sam Osborne

    Yup, one of the Koch Brother’s front organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), did not do at all well in small-town Coralville, Iowa. In this experimental attempt to destroy trust in government at its grass roots, and replace it with faith in Brothers Koch, AFP made incumbency the issue in this town’s election. And though the defoliation effort had a lot of green Koch money floating around town, the return was not even close-incumbents won overwhelmingly.

    At this point no right-wing propaganda has appeared to explain away the AFP debacle in Coralville, however Vice President of the Unites States did phone, and after convincing the reelected mayor that he really was Joe Biden, congratulations were extended to the entire town (maybe an old echoes of the Koch sting in Madison, Wisconsin). So far nothing has been heard from the real Brothers Koch, maybe they are still working on doctoring up the mess left over from the Tea Party fanatics in the U.S. House attempting a shutdown too far.

    November 6, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Rick McDaniel "The people of America have allowed the dictator to take total control. They will eventually regret that fact.......but not until the true impact of their actions is felt by all."

    Yes and the sky is falling and the end of the world is near. Crying wolf, hissy fits, and trying to manipulate the democratic process has doomed the Tea Party, not some imaginary dictator / conspiracy.

    November 6, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    The Koch's attempt at destroying government was temporarily derailed last night with the election of some people who were not bat crap crazy as the baggers they support. They just didn't spend enough money to buy VA, but seem to be spending a lot more in FL.

    November 6, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. unc dig

    I can just imagine how the White House Court Jester starts the call – Have you heard the one about.............
    I guess Obama figures that Biden will mess up and take some of the heat off of Obama about Obama's lying

    November 6, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Sam Osborne

    Yup, one of the Koch Brother’s front organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), did not do at all well in small-town Coralville, Iowa. In this experimental attempt to destroy trust in government at its grass roots, and replace it with faith in Brothers Koch, AFP made incumbency the issue in this town’s election.

    The only real green floating around town in this defoliation effort was a lot of Koch money, and when it came down to the returns the vote was not even close-incumbents won overwhelmingly and Brother Koch got zip..

    At this point no right-wing propaganda has appeared to explain away the AFP debacle in Coralville, however Vice President of the Unites States did phone, and after convincing the reelected mayor that he really was Joe Biden, congratulations were extended to the entire town.

    Maybe the mayor’s caution came of remembrance of the governor of Wisconsin getting stung by the fake Koch call, anyway nothing has so far been heard from the real Brothers Koch, maybe they are still working on doctoring up the mess left over from the Tea Party fanatics in the U.S. House attempting a shutdown too far.

    November 6, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The people of America have allowed the dictator to take total control. They will eventually regret that fact.......but not until the true impact of their actions is felt by all
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rick I thought for sure that the nurses at the asylum would've ensured that you of all people would be heavily sedated this morning, what with the disastrous election returns for your team and all.

    November 6, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I'm am pleased to see the two Kochs clan were rejected by the voters of Coralville, Iowa.

    November 6, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |