Biden lends support to La. Democrat in GOP country
January 26th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden lends support to La. Democrat in GOP country

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden was back on the campaign trail Saturday, stumping in Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Landrieu, a Democrat in red Louisiana, could face an uphill battle for a fourth term in 2014.

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The vice president heaped praise upon her in remarks that lasted about 20 minutes, according to a pooled account of the fundraiser.

"I have never, never, never seen anyone fight harder for her state," Biden said. "I have never seen anyone who's more effective for her state."

Three non-partisan political race watchers describe the campaign as close.

The Cook Political Report says it leans Democratic, Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call assesses it as a toss-up between the parties, and the Rothenberg Political Report scores the race as "Toss-up/Tilt Democrat."

Landrieu is considered a conservative Democrat. Recently, she and the state's other senator, Republican David Vitter, called for President Barack Obama to sign off on the Keystone XL pipeline that stretches from Canada to the Gulf Coast region. The pipeline project has broad Republican support but is generally met with more skepticism from Democrats and environmental groups.

Biden described her as someone who "is not an absolutist, not an ideologue. ... She's consistently ranked as one of the most bipartisan members."

She "makes the case for Louisiana, and everybody knows that if they don't vote with her, she'll make their lives miserable," he said. "She can exasperate the hell out of everybody and make them feel better for it."

The Louisiana Republican Party used Biden's visit to stir the waters ahead of the 2014 midterm election. It first called on Landrieu to call off the event because of Biden's recent remarks on gun control, then urged Landrieu to confront Biden over forgiveness for Hurricane Katrina loans.

"Mary Landrieu is the 'Last Liberal Standing' in Louisiana, so now she has to bring in liberals from other states to help her campaign," party chairman Roger Villere said in a statement.

Ticket prices at the fundraiser ranged from $250 to $2,500. Approximately 450 people attended, according to the pool account. She was introduced by her brother, who is the mayor of New Orleans.

Her likely challengers include three Republicans: former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry and U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy and John Fleming.

Filed under: Joe Biden • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Thinkergal

    I consistently voted for Landrieu when I lived in La. The state would be nuts to dump her and keep Vitter. A liberal she is NOT.

    January 26, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Chris

    Go get'em Vice-President Biden. We do not need another right wing fanatical anti-American in the Senate! Good luck to Landrieu!!!

    January 26, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Don't you think three terms are enough.

    This is what's wrong with our Government no term limits and nobody being held accountable for what they fail to do.

    January 26, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Name lynn

    Joe Biden praise a lady democrates mary, you people saying obama hiring white people an they are females, what about joe what will you people said now, an whats wrong with hiring females.

    January 26, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. dennis

    There is a big difference these days in America. The North, who voted in the Obama, represent the Takers, and the South, who voted against the Obama, represents Workers. Bye Bye Landrieu!

    January 27, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. Mike Texoma

    Way to go, Joe. She is a fighter and an independent thinker. She represents her people. And she is not one of those knee jerk automotons the party leaders like.

    January 27, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. hkirwin

    I love how the liberal northerns knows what best for us in Louisiana. That should be our first clue. If we vote for her then don't cry afterwards.

    January 27, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |