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!)
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.
Renee Ellmers, a sophomore Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, has criticized a conservative group's campaign to get congressional Republicans to support defunding Obamacare by way of the continuing budget resolution.
Ellmers, a nurse who entered her first political race in 2010 in response to Obamacare, knocked Heritage Action, saying the organization is targeting conservatives opposed to defunding the health care law in next month's budget battle instead of Democrats:
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Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina occupies a strange place on the spectrum of American politics. An 18-year House veteran from the conservative coast, Jones is a pro-life former Democrat, raised Baptist but a Catholic convert. The 70-year-old Republican’s biggest claim to fame may have come in 2003 when France decided not to participate in the American-led coalition invading Iraq. In a moment of patriotic pique, Jones, following the lead of a diner in his district, directed the House cafeterias to rename French fries as “freedom fries.”
Last night, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign announced the winners of their latest contest, "Meet Two Presidents" (Obama and former President Bill Clinton). The winners? Two women, both from swing states. Their reason for supporting Obama's reelection effort? Obamacare.
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A new poll shows Mitt Romney has taken a significant lead in North Carolina, a state which Barack Obama won by just 12,000 votes in 2008. The Civitas Poll of 600 North Carolina adults shows Romney with 50 percent support, compared to Obama's 45 percent support. That's a big gain for Romney, who in the same poll in March had only a 2-point lead over Obama, 47 percent to 45 percent.