Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
February 5th, 2014
11:28 AM ET
9 months ago

Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for the Democratic nominee in a heated House special election in Florida that's widely considered a bellwether race for the 2014 midterms.

Biden will appear at a fundraising event for Democrat Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer, next week, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

The reception will be held Wednesday at the home of Judy and Michael Adler, two major Democratic donors, in Coral Gables, Florida. Coral Gables is not located in the 13th Congressional District, where Sink is running.

Tickets range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Sink is campaigning against Republican nominee David Jolly, who's seen a bevy of outside Republican groups spend money on his behalf.

The winner will fill the remainder of the late Republican Rep. Bill Young's term, who died in October. Young, who was first elected to Congress in 1970, was the longest serving Republican in the House.

The 13th district covers most of Pinellas County and parts of St. Petersburg. While Young captured 58% of the vote in his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district. Obama also won it 2008, grabbing 51% support.


Filed under: 2014 • Alex Sink • Florida • Joe Biden
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Alex has had nothing but republican crap thrown at her, yet I am confident she will win.

    February 5, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. just saying

    why isn't the campaigner in chief going out and embracing all of the people that gave us obamacare? why is he sending out crazy joe? i guess obama is as toxic as obamacares.

    February 5, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    Tampa Tim

    Alex has had nothing but republican crap thrown at her, yet I am confident she will win.

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    From you keyboard to the election goddess' eyes Tim!

    February 5, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    just saying

    why isn't the campaigner in chief going out and embracing all of the people that gave us obamacare? why is he sending out crazy joe? i guess obama is as toxic as obamacares.

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    LOL – you just keep slurping up the hate and lies fed to you by your drug addicted radio bloviator if it gets you through your day. Meanwhile, those of us here in reality will try not to gloat too much when Ms. Sink hands her challengers their backsides on March 11.

    February 5, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Gunderson

    Yesser,
    Now Joe know who carry big stick, no? Maybe Sink win this time. but, who want to go to big sink-hole in Washington?

    February 5, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Just – the Kochs sent out Jeb Bush, to campaign for the jolly elf she is running against. How is your math lessons coming?

    February 5, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    We pay a Navy Seal $50,000 a year, and a person like Limbaugh, who gives nothing to the country, makes over a hundred million dollars a year.

    February 5, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    And in Virginia politics, GOP hack Ed Gillespie who is running for the Senate lobbied for a media company run by a one-time close associate of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

    February 5, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. just saying

    While Young captured 58% of the vote in his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district. Obama also won it 2008, grabbing 51% support.
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    all before the truth was known about obamacare and obama won the liar of the year award. nobody believes the democrats lies anymore.

    February 5, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Harold Read

    ObamaCare... ... ... You're Welcome!

    February 5, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. andrew

    This is a good thing, and I hope Joe Biden does a good job.

    February 5, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    just saying

    While Young captured 58% of the vote in his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district. Obama also won it 2008, grabbing 51% support.
    ––

    all before the truth was known about obamacare and obama won the liar of the year award. nobody believes the democrats lies anymore.

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    The thirteenth district is quite unique. We're overwhelmingly Democratic, and the previous guy held his seat for 42 years because of name recognition. However, had the so-called "librul media" done their due dilligence and outed him for his hypocrisy, he would have been gone years ago.

    February 5, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Gunderson

    Whazzat Again,
    Linbaugh make over 100 Mil. a year. Wow, old Gunderson in wrong business!

    February 5, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    why isn't the campaigner in chief going out and embracing all of the people that gave us obamacare? why is he sending out crazy joe? i guess obama is as toxic as obamacares.
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    Because he doesn't want to hear twitch and twine about wasting taxpayer dollars. Apparently, it's never a problem for Joe.

    February 5, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    The conservative theocracy domination folks are well funded. With Obama and Biden in the public eye, they need to get out the vote as much as possible to keep progress going. Have you seen the news about the phony web site the GOP set up to fool Dems into sending donations to the GOP??? Joe, go for it, help offset cheating. Bible question: Is cheating OK in the New Theocracy?

    February 5, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Biden, eh? Sink is sunk...

    February 5, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    why isn't the campaigner in chief going out and embracing all of the people that gave us obamacare? why is he sending out crazy joe? i guess obama is as toxic as obamacares.
    February 5, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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    Or maybe he is actually working so people like you dont criticize him for campaigning. Damned if he does, damned if he doesnt.

    February 5, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. just asking

    Tampa Tim
    We pay a Navy Seal $50,000 a year, and a person like Limbaugh, who gives nothing to the country, makes over a hundred million dollars a year.
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    yeah, so what does one have to do with the other? there are professional athletes out there that get paid $20 million a year to play a child's game and rappers that make hundreds of millions spewing hate against women and others. i guess you have no problem with that income inequality right?

    February 5, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. just saying

    O'drama ya Mama
    Or maybe he is actually working
    -–

    yeah, i'm sure he's real busy trying to figure out to do for the next 3 years of his lame duck presidency as everybody else in the democrat party has already written him off as they look ahead to 2016. once you get the liar of the year award, you can pretty much call it quits. 60% of the american people don't believe or trust the guy anymore. and it was all his doing. can't blame it on george bush.

    February 5, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Just – I see you are still struggling with your math.

    February 5, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    "While Young captured 58% of the vote in his 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district. Obama also won it 2008, grabbing 51% support."

    all before the truth was known about obamacare and obama won the liar of the year award. nobody believes the democrats lies anymore.
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    Uh, huh. Please explain to the class how is that a law that was passed in 2010 contributed to a victory in 2008. As far as 2012 goes, I guess folks looked at Obamacare, and then they looked at that Romney guy who had went to London. The Romney horse got a warmer welcome than Mitt. Besides, I really don't understand what you're talking about when you say "before the truth was known." According to most conservatives, they've always known about this "truth."

    February 5, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Just – Actually I did not think that that CNN would allow me to post about the worthless overpaid republicans in congress, that the quarterback for Denver has a 5 year $96 million contract. I was merely pointing out that there is income disparity. How is your math coming?

    February 5, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    Actually just spewing lies and hatred, our illustrious POTUS will be right here in Michigan this week, and we'll be happy to see him!!!

    Yeah the POTUS, flying AF1, coming to Michigan!!

    February 5, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    O'drama ya Mama
    Or maybe he is actually working
    -–

    yeah, i'm sure he's real busy trying to figure out to do for the next 3 years of his lame duck presidency as everybody else in the democrat party has already written him off as they look ahead to 2016. once you get the liar of the year award, you can pretty much call it quits. 60% of the american people don't believe or trust the guy anymore. and it was all his doing. can't blame it on george bush.
    February 5, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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    Nice straw man argument. If in November the Republicans some how seize control of the Senate and hold on to the House then you can call him a lame duck. As for now, you're just blowing hot air.

    February 5, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. TONE

    @Rudy NYC

    just saying

    why isn't the campaigner in chief going out and embracing all of the people that gave us obamacare? why is he sending out crazy joe? i guess obama is as toxic as obamacares.
    ------
    Because he doesn't want to hear twitch and twine about wasting taxpayer dollars. Apparently, it's never a problem for Joe

    I could not agree with you more how come when Joe leave for vacation or out campaiging no nut jobs on here complain about tax payers dollar being wasted, is it the hatred for the black guy that is causing all this ?

    February 5, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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