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Biden in Seattle

This pool report from Vice President Joe Biden's stop in Seattle, courtesy of Joel Connelly of the Seattle P-I, just in via smart phone:

    Vice President Joe Biden riffed from domestic violence to the minimum wage, from CEO salaries to infrastructure needs, as he raised money in Seattle for Democratic women running for the Senate. 

 The Vice President spoke to more than 800 people at a Women of Valor lunch put on by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
   Washington does not have a Senate seat or Governor's office up this year, so had been a fundraising destination for Biden and President Obama.
   “The middle class is not a number, it is a value set,” Biden declared, talking about earning power.  With rising income disparity, he added, “It's fading and we damned well need to reestablish it.”
The Vice President, an original author of the Violence Against Women Act, spoke at length about domestic violence.
      “Men have a responsibility to stand up, men have a responsibility to intervene, men have a responsibility to take responsibility,” he argued.
 What will define success in curbing domestic violence?
   “Success is when not a single woman asks herself, 'What did I do?'” said Biden. “It is never, never the woman's fault. Never. “
  Biden, the partisan, said he hopes the election will “get out of the way some of the dead wood that keeps us from acting.”
   Events at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center have established a kind of popularity pecking order among top Democrats.
    Bill Clinton drew 1,500 to a 2012 luncheon, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren , drew 1,200 earlier this year. 

Biden in Seattle this week

Vice President Joe Biden makes a stop in Seattle this week for a speech at Renton Technical College the next morning.

Biden will be campaigning for Democrats in California on Tuesday and in Oregon for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday. He'll fly to Seattle from Portland for overnight accommodations, then get up the next morning for a speech at the college. It recently received a grant from the U.S. Labor Department for job training and Biden “will highlight the importance of investing in our nation's workforce and growing the economy,” the notice from the White House said.

One can only hope he gets a good question from the RTC student body like he did at Harvard over the weekend.

He's also scheduled to attend a political event with Sen. Maria Cantwell in the afternoon at the Seattle Convention Center that's designed to raise money for Democratic women senators and several who are running to be senators.

Today’s fun video: Hillary, Biden on how poor they are


Jon Stewart on The Daily Show makes fun of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden talking about how poor they are as they appeal to blue collar voters.

Gubernatorial debate tonight; U.S Senate Friday

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan aren't the only debate on the schedule tonight for Washington voters.

In a sense, they are the opening act for Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna, who will debate in Seattle at 9 p.m. (Although some people might argue the governor's debate is more like the second movie at the drive-in double feature, the one many people don't bother to stay up to watch all the way to the end. But it's all about personal preferences.)

The debate is such a huge deal in Seattle that it is on most of the city's broadcast stations, and most are supplying a moderator or questioner to the show. In Spokane, KREM-TV is carrying it.

Ryan v. Biden is a 90 minute event, which starts at 6 p.m. local time. McKenna v. Inslee is scheduled for 60 minutes.

Speaking of debates, what is likely to be the only debate of the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell and Republican challenger Mike Baumgartner occurs Friday, also in Seattle at KCTS-TV, the public television studio. The Spokesman-Review will be there for same day coverage on the web and print coverage the next morning. It will air in Spokane next Tuesday, on KSPS-TV, channel 7.

The folks at KSPS worked mightily to bring a second Senate debate to Spokane, but the Cantwell people have so far only agreed to one debate, total.

There's a precedent for Cantwell agreeing to a late debate in Spokane. That happened in 2000, in her run against incumbent Slade Gorton, when no one was sure until the last minute whether she'd appear at a Rotary-sponsored debate. Her campaign said no, then it said yes, but she almost didn't make it because fog was delaying flights that morning at Spokane International Airport.

If something similar happens this year, it may not appear on the tube. Late commitments are hard to work into a television schedule.

Today’s fun video: Biden messes up his WSUs

Vice President Joe Biden named the wrong WSU in a speech recently.

No, not our WSU. But who knew there were so many of them?

Crowd was quick to correct him.

Biden making another trip for Murray

In a sign of just how much the Obama administration wants Patty Murray to hold onto her Senate seat, Vice President Joe Biden is making a second campaign stop in Washington this month.

Biden will attend a rally with Murray in Vancouver next Tuesday at the Pearson Air Museum. That’s just 11 days after he attended a rally with Murray in Tacoma. And two days before President Obama attends a rally with Murray at the University of Washington campus in Seattle. And six days before First Lady Michelle Obama attends a luncheon and fundraiser for Murray in Bellevue.

Dino Rossi’s campaign called the visits “a lineup of D.C. insiders comoing into town to bailout her campaign.” 

Biden: stick with Murray and Ds despite recession

TACOMA – Despite Friday’s reports of unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent and a net loss of jobs nationwide, Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to stick with Sen. Patty Murray and other Democrats next month.
Jobs are returning in the auto industry and other parts of the private sector, he said, and the economy is growing – “not enough, but it is growing.” He tried to shift the blame to the Bush administration and said Republicans would return to those policies if they take back Congress.
“These Republicans put us in such a god-awful hole and we’re just beginning to crawl out of it,” Biden told a crowd estimated at 1,000 that gathered in light sprinkles on the University of Washington Tacoma campus mall. “We have seen this movie before and it’s a horror movie.”
Even before Biden and Murray stepped on the stage in Tacoma, however, her Republican challenger Dino Rossi was pointing to Friday’s stagnant unemployment figures as a failure for the Obama administration and Democrats like Murray who supported their policies.
Democrats had touted a “recovery summer” just a few months ago, and claimed last year’s economic stimulus package would keep unemployment from going above 8 percent, Rossi said. It has been above 9.5 percent for 14 straight months.
“Instead of admitting she was wrong to support this $1.2 trillion jobless stimulus, Sen. Murray is holding a rally with Vice President Biden who has touted this bill as a rousing success,” he said. “We know that passing tax relief, paying down the national debt will get our economy back on track and encourage small business to expand.”

Murray pounds Wall Street

TACOMA — Wall Street played “Russian roulette” with the nation’s future and shouldn’t be allowed to do it again, Sen. Patty Murray told a cheering crowd of about 1,000 here.

“I vowed on my watch Main Street will never again be left holding the bag by Wall Street,” she said.

Vice President Joe Biden continued the theme, saying big money is pouring into the state to defeat Democrats because some people are frightened that “we’re beginning reassert the right of the middle class, to have a middle class.”

People are underestimating Democrats nationally, writing their politica obituaries too soon, Biden said.

“They said the Huskies couldn’t beat USC  on Saturday, but they did,” said Biden, who was sporting a purple UW hat.

Gregoire: “I know Rossi…”

TACOMA —Signalling how close Washington’sSenate race is, Gov. Chris Gregoire told a crowd at the University of Washington branch campus that control of Congress is at stake in the election that’s just 25 days away.

Gregoire took shots at a series of Republican candidates around the country before turning to the state contest.

“I happen to know Dino Rossi,” said Gregoire, who ran twice against the Republican for governor. “He does not represent our values.”

Biden rally: Remind people how we got into this mess

TACOMA — Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, warming up the crowd this morning for Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Patty Murray, hit the themes of the Democratic Party for the mid term election.

She drew jeers from the partisan crowd for Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, and cheers when she urged them to vote against Republicans who would take the country “back to the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Biden campaigning with Murray in Tacoma

TACOMA — Vice President Joe Biden campaigns with Sen. Patty Murray here this morning on the University of Washington branch campus.

The Murray campaign apparently trusts the weather, or the crowd’s willingness to stand in the rain. It’s outside, and drops are starting to fall.

Republican Dino Rossi’s campaign says Biden’s appearance, as well as upcoming visits by First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, are signs that Murray is in a tough race and desperate.

We’ll be blogging live from UW Tacoma campus as things happen.

Biden to campaign with Murray in Tacoma

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a rally in Tacoma on Oct. 8 with Sen. Patty Murray, her campaign said today.

All details of the rally aren’t available yet, but it will be at the University of Washington Tacoma campus and registration starts at 9 a.m.

First Lady Michelle Obama is expected in Seattle later in the month.

This Biden video may not be suitable for children

What is it with vice presidents and the F-bomb?

Vice President Joe Biden dropped the expletive in front of a microphone right after introducing President Obama at today’s signing ceremony for the health care legislation. Obama’s press secretary later made light of the incident in this Tweet.

In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted directing the word toward Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Mon. fun video: Biden open from SNL

Saturday Night Live has proved it can take shots at the Obama Administration just as it did at the Bush Admin.

For those of you who went to bed at a reasonable hour, and either forgot to set your recorder or pushed the wrong buttons, here’s the Cold Open that makes fun of Vice President Biden.

Spokane vortex strikes national health care

At the newspaper, reporters like to talk about the Spokane vortex, in which almost every big national and international event has a link to this part of the country. Yesterday’s big press conference on health care, where Vice President Joe Biden talked about hospitals pitching in, was no exception.

Standing next to Biden in this AP photo is Rich Umbdenstock, who until about three years ago was president of Providence & Services. He’s now president of the American Hospital Association, hence the invite to the big press conference.

Where’s Joe’s picture?

There’s no picture of Vice President Joe Biden in the federal building, reader Carol Nestor notes.

There’s a full-color shot of President Barack Obama on the walls, but no Biden, anywhere. What gives?

Turns out there’s no photos of Biden in federal buildings anywhere. Ross Buffington of the regional office for the General Services Administration — them’s the folks that operate and maintain federal buildings — says the official Biden photo hasn’t arrived yet, although the official Obama portrait shot arrived back in March and went up then.

So is this normal?

Hard to say….

Mon. a.m. video: Yesterday’s talking head shows

If you slept in or went to church on Sunday morning, here’s what they were talking about,  courtesy of TalkingPointsMemo.

Thursday video: Veep flu advice

Vice President Joe Biden offers suggestions on avoiding the swine flu on Thursday’s “Today Show.”

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