Biden campaigns for vulnerable Senate Democrat
November 15th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
8 months ago

Biden campaigns for vulnerable Senate Democrat

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden stumped Friday for Sen. Kay Hagan, a vulnerable Democrat up for re-election in North Carolina next year.

The vice president didn't bring up the turbulent rollout of Obamacare - an issue that’s creating heartburn for red state Democrats. Instead Biden focused on praising the first-term senator as someone who can work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

"The only way to break through this gridlock is with people who can earn the trust of people on the other team. That's why she's so valuable," Biden said, according to pool notes.

He made his remarks at a private fundraising event for Hagan's campaign on the campus the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

With the GOP in control of the governorship and both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, national Republicans view the state as a potential pick-up in next year's Senate race. North Carolina was one of two states that switched from Barack Obama in 2008 to Mitt Romney in 2012.

President Obama acknowledged Thursday that the rocky launch of HealthCare.gov, as well as broken promises about his signature health care plan, may damage Democratic prospects next year.

"I feel deeply responsible for making it harder for them," Obama told reporters.

Hagan has been highly critical of the kickoff in recent weeks. Even though the President announced an administrative fix to the address the problem of people losing their insurance policies, Hagan and other vulnerable Senate Democrats are pushing for a legislative fix - one that will put them on the record for having voted to solve the problem, rather than just letting the President handle it himself.

Biden predicted Republicans next year will stray away from their conservative tea party base and seek a more moderate path. He noted the GOP primary in the Alabama congressional race this month, in which a more moderate Republican defeated a tea party-backed candidate for the nomination.

"You're father's Republican Party is trying to come back," Biden said. "You are going to see the Republican Party wrestle back eventually to a mainstream conservative position and that's good. We need a strong Republican Party because we have to have somebody we can look across the aisle and make a deal with."

"I can’t think of (anybody) better to be there to extend the hand on the other side when that happens than Kay Hagan," he said.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Kay Hagan • North Carolina
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Donna

    The vice president didn't bring up the turbulent rollout of Obamacare – an issue that’s creating heartburn for red state Democrats. Instead Biden focused on praising the first-term senator as someone who can work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
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    This is hilarious. Don't waste your time Biden! Don;t waste your money Democrats!! A Republican Senator will work much better with Replicans! AND vote to REPEAL Obamacare. Will Hagan? Of course not. All Obamacare Democrat Droids are TOAST. Take that to the bank.

    November 15, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Sickandtierd

    Kay Hagan has done NOTHING for NC or its citizens. She will not extend her hand across the aisle as the VP says. She is a bought and paid for Democrat and will support their agenda 100%. She is ill prepared for service. Just listen to her interview on the ACA. The only response she was able to give was ugh.............................................
    I am a Democrat in NC and I would rather vote for a Republican than every vote for Kay Hagan again.
    Go back to the private sector Kay, goverment work is NOT FOR YOU!!!

    November 15, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. BO

    What a great way to crap-can somone's chances at re-election. Have ole shotgun Joe campaign for him. LMAO

    November 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    As a Southerner who votes for Democrats, I would want a Senator who might promote progressive ideals. Considering that the goal of the Republican leader in the Senate was only to defeat our Democrat President and block all of his agenda, what point is there for a dem to reach across the aisle?

    The two Senators from Georgia are considered moderate Republicans, and are good men, but their vote is straight party line. Saxby even claimed, a few years ago, that there wasn't enough sunshine in Georgia to have solar energy; straight from the mouth of (and in the pockets of ) the Georgia Power Company. That's what good republicans do.

    So, NC, if you think a republican Senator is going to look out for YOU, let's hope you're a rich, white guy, or a large corporation.

    November 15, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. NC

    @Bill in Georgia-amen brother. I live in NC and republicans in our statehouse have sent us back to the 1950's. They are trying to take our largest international airport from The City of Charlotte our largest city. They detest Charlotte because it is progressive with educated people and a city that is majority democrat.

    November 15, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. just saying

    Instead Biden focused on praising the first-term senator as someone who can work with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
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    yikes! talk about distancing yourself from obama!! come on joe, you talking lying lessons from the liar-in-chief now? this obama puppet will do whatever dirty harry reid tells her to do. the people of south carolina don't need or want an obama-reid sock puppet representing them. kiss her good bye joe, which is probably why they sent you there. they know obama is pure radioactive toxic material down there.

    November 15, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. ED1

    Hagan is just another talking head for Obama and always has been I didn't vote for her five years ago and will do the same next year I think Donald Duck would do a better job for us in NC than she has.

    November 15, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. American Worker

    When will this Administration and their loyalist live up to the civility, integrity, credibility, and honor that such positions of power should embrace and manifest?

    Currently, Joe Biden is on his Snarky campaign tour.

    November 16, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. Hector Slagg

    Well,,
    We have had Progressive Ideas, Politics for the last 100 years. Now you see the Results. About half of the people are on some kind of Welfare .With the Liberal's running the show for the last 100 years we have not gotten out of the 1930's. Not sure if the next 100 years will be any better.

    November 16, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |