Biden heads to Ohio to help out fellow Democrat
April 19th, 2011
09:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden heads to Ohio to help out fellow Democrat

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden heads to Ohio Tuesday to help out a Democratic senator who could face a tough road to re-election next year.

Biden is the main attraction at a fundraiser for Sen. Sherrod Brown which is being held at the Terrace club at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The stadium is home to Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians.

Tuesday's small gathering of contributors should help the freshman senator as he builds up his campaign war chest. Brown raised $1.3 million in the first three months of this year, according to Brown campaign officials, who added that the senator has $2.5 million cash on hand as of April 1.

Brown doesn't have an official Republican challenger yet, but Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has taken the first formal steps towards a candidacy, allowing him to raise money. Former state Sen.Kevin Coughlin has done the same.

Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, both consider the contest competitive but rank the race right now as "Lean Democrat."

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month indicated that 43 percent of Ohio voters approved of the job Brown's doing as senator, with 27 percent disapproving and three in ten unsure.

By a 45-30 percent margin, likely voters said he deserves re-election and by a 45-29 percent margin, they said they would vote for him over an unnamed Republican challenger.

Then-Rep. Brown defeated Republican Sen. Mike DeWine by 12 points in 2006. President Obama carried Ohio in the 2008 presidential election, and Democrats also captured three GOP held House seats. But Republicans won big in the Buckeye state last November, recapturing the governorship and five House seats.

As the 2012 election cycle heats up, it appears the vice president appears to be ramping up the number of political events he headlines. Last month he was the main attraction at three Democratic Party events and also traveled to Florida to help Sen. Bill Nelson raise money. Earlier this month the Biden headlined a gathering in New Hampshire for Organizing for America, the grassroots outreach wing of the Democratic National Committee.

Filed under: Joe Biden • Ohio • Sherrod Brown
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. CNNLover

    I hope after all the uinion busting in Ohio, they open their eyes and vote Democrat in 2012. If not, they're fools.

    April 19, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Big George in Big D

    Gee, hope he can stay awake!

    April 19, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The people of Ohio can see for themselves the damage the republican governor and republican legislature are imposing on them. I think Sen. Brown's seat is safe. Last time republicans tried this type of middle class warfare in Ohio, every last republican was kicked out of office.

    April 19, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If form follows function democrats are a short lived species in Ohio. I suspect Sharrod Brown is headed for "Retirement"

    April 19, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Lexi

    God help Ohio if Joe Biden is the headliner

    April 19, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. John H

    How many will have to go with him to try and keep him awake.

    April 19, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. gt

    kiss another senator gone...

    April 19, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I don't see what is so tough about Ohio. All you need to do is pont the truth of the past several years. Point out who created the tax policies that sent jobs overseas. Point out who created the state and national debt crisis through nonsustainable tax policies.

    The GOP set the country on the current path of deficit spending. Obama was sworn in to office with a $1.4T deficit and dramatically rising unemployment. The large deficit came from Bush's $700B deficit spending plan and the $700B TARP bailout of Wall Street. Bush's budget was based upon an unemployment rate that was much lower than what turned out to be the case, which means revenues were dramatically reduced on a budget that was already $700B in the hole.

    Ohio should not be as much of a problem for Democrats as it will be for Republicans.

    April 19, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Hey Biden –

    Try to remember... Columbus is the capital of Ohio, not the explorer who died 500 years ago.

    You're welcome... buffoon.

    April 19, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    I hope after all the uinion busting in Ohio, they open their eyes and vote Democrat in 2012. If not, they're fools.
    Yeah, cuz union bosses are doing such a great service for all of us by putting greed before teachers and kids?!?!

    April 19, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. jcg

    Rudy – The problem is that the Republicans have been much better "salesmen" than the Democrats since the 2008 election. Unless the Democrats do a better job at swaying public opinion then the Republican's will continue to do good. And with all the corporate money that is likely to be supporting the Republican candidates it will not be an easy job.

    April 19, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. obama victim

    have never seen the words "biden" and help" in the same sentence before

    April 19, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. LA, LA, LA

    I love Mr. Brown.

    April 19, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    All I know is every time Obama and Biden have gone out to "help" candidates, the candidates have LOST. Are these people too blind or dumb to see this? It should disqualify them from consideration due to bad judgement.

    April 19, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |