June 24th, 2010
05:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden to hit campaign trail in Ohio

 Vice President Biden will campaign for Ohio Democratic Senate nominee Lee Fisher.

Vice President Biden will campaign for Ohio Democratic Senate nominee Lee Fisher.

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's heading to Ohio next week to lend a helping hand to a fellow Democrat.

Biden will campaign and headline a fundraiser in Cleveland for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the party's Senate nominee in Ohio, according to the Fisher campaign.

"We're excited to have Vice President Biden's support and to be able to work with him to create good-paying jobs in Ohio and rebuild our middle class," says Fisher in a campaign email release.

Fisher will face off in the general election against former Rep. and Bush administration budget director Rob Portman, the GOP nominee. Recent surveys suggest the contest is extremely close. Both are vying to succeed Republican Sen. George Voinovich, who is not running for re-election.

The Portman campaign is using the Biden visit to criticize Fisher.

"Instead of taking the opportunity to tell Vice President Biden that Ohio can't afford any more of Washington's job-killing policies, Lt. Gov. Fisher is proving to Ohioans that he will be a rubberstamp for the status quo that hurts working families and small business owners," says Portman press secretary Jessica R. Towhey.

Fisher survived a tough primary contest against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Fisher beat Brunner by 11 points, but had to spend a good amount of his campaign cash in the primaries.

Biden's become the go-to guy for the administration to help out Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections. On Monday, the vice president was in Chicago, serving as the main attraction at fundraisers for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Senate nominee in Illinois, and Dan Seals, the Democratic nominee for the House seat in Illinois 10th congressional district.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. independent

    The Portman campaign is entirely out of touch with reality if they try to paint this Administrations policies as job-killers. I think the people of Ohio know when they started to lose jobs and whick Party was in power in the White House at the time. GOP policies killed jobs.

    June 24, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    This guy is just like his boss and sure knows how to waste the taxpayers money.

    June 24, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. harold

    At least we all know what the Bush administration killed. during their 8 years of republican rule recently.. We are trying to get out of the Great Recession.and the Republicans voted NO against any help for GM or any other American firm to help it recover.. Elect a Republican and see how many times they vote NO...Does NO help ya all?

    June 24, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. gt

    biden will only hurt any ones chance , ,,, even the generals know he is a moran...joe go learn some new nouns...

    June 24, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. ib

    this is news; they never have come off the trail while the country goes to pot.

    June 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Augsbee

    Oh boy, there goes he's chance of winning against the Republican if Biden starts to shoot of his mouth with nonsense.

    Now realistically, the economy of Ohio can't get better if their Governor sticks to his farm, simple ways when everything is changing into a technology oriented world with high competition, even car manufacturing has been changed by technology. If workers in Ohio don't catch up to today's technology they won't have a job.

    Even farming is changing to Green technology but Green requires people to become tech knowledgeable.

    June 24, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Riley

    Nobody in their right mind would want Biden to campaign for them. Biden is CLUELESS!

    June 24, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Look At This Guy...

    Uber-Idiot? Is there such a thing? Is he proof of it's existance?

    June 24, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    OHIO: Please do not forget that in EIGHT YEARS...... Bush created exactly ......... 1..... that's ONE........million jobs!

    Obama's administration will create, 1.73 million jobs this year alone!

    IN NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    June 24, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. crazilikafox

    Be nice to Joe guys.:(

    June 24, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    The people also know that when they our out of work and money is being spent on things that wont help the people that need the help. You can blame G. Bush all you want and this just shows that they can not stand up for there own mistakes.

    June 24, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Ben

    That's just great. Send Papa Joe to campaign for the loser Dems in the state. Does the Regime honestly think Biden's (or, excuse me, Bite Me's) gonna help?

    LOL!!! Laughable.

    June 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Mesa Mick

    Forget Ohio Mr. VP...Go over to Capital Hill and kick some rethuglicant butt and get unemployment extensions for a million plus Americans passed.

    The very same working class Americans that put you in office are going to starve without it...

    June 24, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. George of the jungle

    Yeah Joe knows where the trail is. He has taken a lot of hits lately but always shows a lot of class. Unlike the repos. Reading comments only highlights how hate full and ill informed the repos are.

    June 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. thor

    Well,Joe did say once that he had the easiest job in the world.And seeing that he has his foot in his mouth most of the time most people won't know what he saying anyway.

    June 24, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. DENNA

    Wow, a former Bush administration member is actually running for something? This fool should be hiding after all the mess left behind by Bush. Since his old boss left such a mess, he must be smoking weed if he insists that any of President Obama's policies are the problem. Go Fisher! Remind your constituents that Democrats don't apologize to oil industry honchos who make a mess of our coastlines.

    June 24, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Jeff Spangler

    Why not start his own campaign with some classic loose lips and suggest to Americans that while trying out a black President was a cool idea, it hasn't worked, so let's get it right this time and vote Biden/Obama?

    June 24, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. BIte Me is useless

    Biden hits the campaign trail as the country tanks - two wars ongoing; the gulf coast dying; Iran and North korea building nukes; the economy still failing -- yup, time to hit the campaign trail -- ARE YOU KIDDING ME? BITE ME

    June 24, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. bl

    What a joke that this Ohio election is important to the Vice President with all the other major problems right now. I expect to read the daily dose of Sarah Palin stories tomorrow on the politicalticker simply to keep everyone distracted on the left that voted for Barry and Biden from seeing that they are worthless leaders. It is clear that daily hate going against Palin must really help keep the democrat base reading politicalticker. Palin is not even in a political office or running for office. If she goes out and endorses someone and spends time on the campaign trail at least the American tax payer is not paying her and for her travel costs....

    June 24, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |