Biden tells opponents of stimulus to “look around” to find success
He put the Obama administration’s critics on notice, raised a bunch of cash for his party’s nominee for Governor of Virginia and only made one, minor but noticeable gaffe. All in a day’s work for the Vice President of the United States of America.
Joe Biden, the charismatic and experienced lawmaker charmed a crowd of close to 100 invited guests today at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Henrico. It was clear from the start of his speech that not only was the V.P. here to defend his team’s stimulus plan, but also to specifically target one of it’s chief critics, local congressman Eric Cantor.
During his nearly 40 minute address, Mr. Biden talked at length about specific examples of what he sees as progress that has resulted from the stimulus plan. From the protection of some 7,000 public sector jobs to the potential for local small business owner John Fernandez (pictured above with Biden) to add 25 jobs by the end of the year, Biden attempted to make the case that the expensive investment was worth it.
At one point Biden asked Central Virginians and the stimulus plans critics to step back and “look around” at the progress. Perhaps a tough sell to a community like Richmond that has seen the loss of a number of locally based companies. (Something we explored tonight on NBC12 news at 11.) But that wasn’t enough. Biden specifically went after Cantor by hinting that the Congressman was a hypocrite, for fighting against the stimulus, while at the same time begging for money to develop high speed rail from Richmond to Washington, D.C. (For his part Cantor called the Recovery Act a flop).
((Video from that section of Biden’s speech, plus more on the VP’s trip can be found after the jump))
Biden concluded the day with a high dollar fundraiser in West End Henrico, for Democratic candidate for Governor Creigh Deeds. Official numbers are not in, but the ticket price was rumored to be expensive and campaign officials say 100 people were in attendance.
Oh.. and about that gaffe. It certainly won’t make the top of the Drudge Report, like another comment the VP made today, but it has the potential to give a bit of fodder for Republicans looking to throw more mud on Governor Tim Kaine. Kaine, who has been blistered by the GOP and various newspaper editorial boards, for his travel as DNC chair, was not in attendance today. He is in Southern California, doing among other things, attending the ESPY awards and meeting with Governors from around the Country. When thanking his wife, Anne Holton for coming, Mr. Biden referred to the current First Lady as the “Former” First Lady. Certainly not a huge gaffe, but enough for create a bit of fodder for Kaine’s opponents.