Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic senator Kay Hagan attended a fundraiser today in North Carolina, where Hagan is up for reelection. But Biden and the senator did not bring up the Obama administration's signature achievement--Obamacare.
Via the pool report:
At 1:34 p.m., Vice President Joe Biden entered a ballroom at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a fundraising reception for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Before entering the room, he worked a photo line with donors.
Hagan introduced Biden who began speaking at 1:46 p.m. on a stage with three American flags and three North Carolina flags.
Neither Hagan nor Biden mentioned the Affordable Care Act nor the problems with healthcare.gov.
Biden touted Hagan's credentials and made a passing reference to the Republican takeover of the lawmaking process in North Carolina. He also criticized the state for not expanding Medicaid. "You lead and you lead the South and Middle Atlantic states and then you go through a period of what you have in Raleigh right now," he said. "But you always come back. You always come back better."
He spoke in a soft tone for much of the speech but raised his voice when referencing how Speaker John Boehner would not bring a clean continuing resolution to the floor during the shutdown debate.
He said Hagan is someone who can work across the aisle with Republicans. "The only way to break through this gridlock is with people who can earn the trust of people on the other team, that's why she's so valuable," Biden said of Hagan.
Biden hit familiar political talking points and said the stakes for the 2014 U.S. Senate race are clear. He said the one thing he guarantees is Hagan's Republican opponents would support U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal and he described how it would cut Medicaid, education and research.
In concluding, Biden expressed hope that the Republican Party would move away from the tea party, pointing to the Alabama's 1st Congressional District Republican primary in November. "You're father's Republican Party is trying to come back," he said. "The business community ... came along and said enough is enough. You are going to see the Republican Party wrestle back eventually to a mainstream conservative position and that's good. We need a strong Republican Party. Because we have to have somebody we can look across the aisle and make a deal with. ... I cant think of nobody better to be there to extend the hand on the other side when that happens than Kay Hagan."
He concluded his remarks at 2:20 p.m. and he left the stage.
The top ticket for the fundraiser cost $10,000 and included a photo and special host reception. The lowest priced ticket is $500 for the reception. The money will go to Hagan’s joint fundraising committee with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has higher donation limits than her campaign committee. Among those in attendance: state Sen. Josh Stein, N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller, Boone Mayor-elect Andy Ball and former UNC basketball coach Bill Guthridge. (Go Heels!)