November 16th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
11 years ago

Vice President Joe Biden the (Democratic) Party Guy

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden is lending a helping hand to five Western House Democrats who may face competitive re-election races next year.

The vice president attends a political event in Phoenix Monday for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell. Kirkpatrick, a freshman, won her seat in Arizona's 1st congressional district by 17 points. Mitchell, a two-term representative, won re-election last year by 9 points. Both the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report and Cook Political Report are keeping their eyes on both races.

Later Monday, Biden attends an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Reps. Harry Teague and Martin Heinrich. Republicans are gunning to win back Teague's seat, in New Mexico's 2nd congressional district. Teague, a freshman, won the district by 12 points last year. Both the Rothenberg and Cook Political Reports consider the race a tossup. Heinrich is also a freshman who won his race in 2008 by 12 points.

On Sunday, the vice president was the main attraction in Las Vegas at a fundraiser for freshman Rep. Dina Titus. Last year, Titus won Nevada's 3rd congressional district in a three-way contest, grabbing 47 percent of the vote. She could face a tough re-election next year.

According to a pool report of the event, Biden said he had campaigned in 54 House districts this year. The vice president added that with Titus' help, "we're going to be riding into, not a sunset, but a sunshine."

The Connecticut Democratic Party announced Monday that Biden will join Sen. Chris Dodd for a fundraising event in Hartford on Friday, December 11. The five-term senator is up for re-election next year and is fighting for his political life.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning suggests that 54 percent of Connecticut voters disapprove of the job Dodd's doing as their senior U.S. senator, with 4 in 10 giving him a thumbs-up. The 54 percent disapproval rating is up 5 points from September. The poll also indicates that by 53 percent to 39 percent, Connecticut voters don't think Dodd deserves to be re-elected next year. According to the survey, Dodd is losing or tied with all of his potential Republican challengers in hypothetical 2010 general election matchups.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    if you a democrat thring to get you really want this white house involved?? just ask John Corzine

    November 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    If I were up for re-election, Joe Biden would be the last person asked to support me!

    November 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Mark

    Polling is showing a reason why Obama is no longer valued out west.

    November 16, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Bev

    -Let's be honest..........

    All Democrats are going to face a tough reelection in 2010.

    Now that the majority of Independents support the Republicans--this means that Republicans AND Independents will be voting AGAINST the Democrats!!!

    The 2010 elections are going to make history---due to the number of Democrats who are going to be booted from office!!!

    November 16, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Pee Wee

    Are these elections about a year away? For all its foibles, I don't remember the Bush/Cheney dynamic duo out campaigning this early. Seeing that the Obama administration constantly complains about how BIG the mess they INHERITED was, one would think a bit more due diligence is warranted. But, what do I know?

    November 16, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Bed time for Raygun

    Poor Joe,and you thought Bush was stupid.Well they make great puppets for the Federal Reserve,that now runs the world.

    November 16, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Mariann Pepitone

    Joe Biden can campaign for her however, I believe that the republicans are going to take back the house as much of the public is tired of the democratic policies plus the economy is not getting better. In fact, it is getting worse. Two states have already elected republicans in office as their governor. And it is understood Mass. might be the third state. Obama was suppose to pull troops from Iraq ever three months and that hasn't happened yet. Nixon ended the Vietnam war why can't Obama end the Iraq war. His campaign of change never existed and it never will.

    November 16, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. mjm

    It's been one big campaign party for this guy.

    When does he actually work?

    November 16, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Mariann Pepitone

    The reason Obama chose Biden instead of Hillary is because not only would she outshine him but Michele does not like Hillary Clinton and apparently advised her husband not to pick her. Michele is no Jackie Kennedy or Hillary Clinton and does not act the part of first lady.

    November 16, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. phoenix86

    Yep. Joe and Barack were SOOOOO successful in helping out Corzine in NJ.

    Face it, Americans are not far left. The far left fringe now running the House has about a year left in power.

    Bye bye, hopefully forever.

    November 16, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. LIP

    So, they run for office, win and then spend all their time getting others elected. I was almost sure he won so he could serve as Vice President. It's been a year since he was elected...just when does he go to work for the people and not the Democratic party?

    November 16, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. JAER

    Joe seems to be an upfront guy who says it like it is.

    November 16, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. LacrosseSon

    Yeah, 'cause Biden did so well in getting democrats elected governor in Virginia and New Jersey. I love it!

    November 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We love ya Joe! Looking at who could've been in your seat we love you even more, foot-in-mouth and all!! 🙂

    November 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Silence Dogoode

    Just what we need a looney tune and a crook in CT. Dodd is dead meat...get someone else

    November 16, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. SLM

    CNN you got that wrong, Biden is lending a hand to help the REPUBLICANS when he goes out campaigning!!! Doesn't Joe have something to do that benefits ALL Americans, like Obama promised us. What a divisive administration this is. Glad we only have 3 more years of this destruction. Waiting for 2012.

    November 16, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Biased

    The never ending campaigning by this White House has already started I see for next year's elections.

    November 16, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    I think if I were running for an election or re-election the last person I would want to campaign for me is "Average Joe" Biden.

    Oh yes, good old "Average Joe".....the good old down to earth everyday guy that lives in a $3 million custom lakefront home that many "Average Joe" types can't even dream to afford.

    Why is the poor continue to vote for these Democrats, yet the poor stays poor, and the Democrats only get richer.

    November 16, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. SocialismBad

    This is GREAT news for Republicans! All they need to do is merge video of Biden and the people he's campaigning for with video of Biden saying you can spend your way out of debt! It's amazing ANYBODY trying to keep their seat in Congress would have this babbling buffoon campaign for them.

    2010 is going to be a banner year for the Republicans, especially if the Democrats keep doing what they are doing, ie. spending like drunken sailors with a stolen Chinese credit card and messing up our healthcare system.

    November 16, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Brad - Wildomar CA

    How about a little less time spent helping other people run for office... and a little more time spent doing the job you were hired to do! Business as usual... meaning the party business takes precedence over the business of the people.

    November 16, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Marion/Alabama

    Where is Joe he was going to watch dog the spending of the stimulis according to Obama?Maybe he got tired of watching the wasteful pork project spending,which he could not justify to the public?Hopefully Biden will be able to help Chris Dodd lose his re-election nomination,as with the rest of the bed wetters, like Frank,Schumer,Waters,Reid,Pelosi,etc,etc,etc.

    November 16, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |