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Back-to-back visits show 2012 campaign heating up in NC

Posted September 15, 2011

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— With Air Force One and Air Force Two touching down on consecutive days at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the 2012 election seems a lot closer than 14 months away.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Raleigh for a Thursday morning fundraiser less than a day after President Barack Obama was in town for a speech at North Carolina State University to build support for the $447 billion jobs package he sent to Congress this week.

Obama has visited North Carolina five times since his inauguration in 2009, while Biden has been to the state seven times in that period.

"Makes you feel good that we're important enough to get the leaders of our country here," said Val Valentine, a Republican.

Political observers said area residents should get used to seeing presidential candidates stopping in the Triangle in the coming months.

"North Carolina is a key state, so get used to it," Democratic consultant Gary Pearce said.

Biden's visit to the North Hills home of a business executive was to generate money for the Democratic National Committee, which is holding its presidential nominating convention in Charlotte next September. About 60 people paid at least $5,000 each to attend.

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"(Obama) came to kind of get the excitement level up. Biden came to fill up the big buckets," Valentine said.

"These are not folks who need to get fired up," said David Parker, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. "They're already fired up. They're writing checks. They're out knocking on doors. You got some people in there that wrote some substantial checks."

Political fundraising is a "recession-proof business," Pearce said, adding that it's critical for any candidate trying to win a battleground state like North Carolina.

"Ninety percent of the time, the campaign that raises and spends the most money wins," he said. "You can pay for a ground game that turns out a lot of voters, and that's critical for Democrats and Republicans."

Pearce also said he thinks Biden's visit was a bargain for those who attended. Many political functions charge people 10 times the $5,000 minimum people paid for breakfast with the vice president, he said.

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  • barbstillkickin Sep 16, 2011

    This will not be a tough decision at election time OBAMA OUT NEW PRESIDENT IN. Simple problem not big chose.

  • lost in translation Sep 16, 2011

    jbarron4950

    I can appreciate your input and you are correct that we have "lost" the respect of our President. But remember that "respect" must be earned. Some people may have lost that repect because he has not earned it. However, they may cleary "respect" the office of the President and not the person that occupies it. Maybe they believe if he stops pointing the finger elsewhere about responsibilities for his actions then he can "earn" their respect.

  • short Sep 16, 2011

    Hey Joe - Barry - keep visiting this swing state - that way it will be you two who will be reminding us of who the two primary clowns are that are in the way of any progress. Obama presents stimulus II redeaux......the first failed - but hey - lets try the same again. Stupid is as stupid does. Jobs act is doomed to fail....Obama is just once again playing politics cause his party has no more ideas...fortunately - even the dumbest person can see right through this.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 16, 2011

    Obmam has made a failure of himself without anyone's help. And Biden? LOL. That is all I can say about Biden.

  • ICTrue Sep 16, 2011

    "There are some who always wanted him to fail and have done everything in their power to make it happen. There are those who will never be able to stand that HE occupies the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the reason is fairly obvious." jbarron4950

    Yes, I have always wanted him to fail. The fact that you want him to succeed in his quest to take down America is telling about you.

  • jbarron4950 Sep 16, 2011

    Campaigning already. They should keep their sorry selves in DC and try to accomplish something other than spending more money we don't have.....kermit60

    The Repukes have been campaigning for the past two years; have you spoken out about that? Did you complain about Bush campaigning or the lies he told? And if not, why complain now? What's really sorry is the fact that there are so many hypocrites around like yourself. I'd be willing to bet that if this was John McCain we wouldn't hear a peep!

  • jbarron4950 Sep 16, 2011

    Obama is our President. Respect it and let him do his job. Time to get over it. This is a democracy afterall. Why do you want him to fail? tennisluvr

    There are some who always wanted him to fail and have done everything in their power to make it happen. There are those who will never be able to stand that HE occupies the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the reason is fairly obvious.

    I go back to that ignorant Joe Wilson of South Carolina. He would never have disrespected Bush and pulled that "you lie" stunt on him or Cheney who BOTH told the LIE to the entire country that got us involved in Iraq. And there are also those who would have never respected him no matter what he did. Some of you people are a very pathetic bunch of more-rons.

    And of course there are those of you who criticize the president for placing the blame for our problems truly where they belong and that's squarely on the shoulders of dumbest man to ever occupy the White House.

  • mrr2821 Sep 16, 2011

    Obama is a failure.

  • kermit60 Sep 16, 2011

    Campaigning already. They should keep their sorry selves in DC and try to accomplish something other than spending more money we don't have.

  • Chill Out Sep 16, 2011

    when he dose something respectful i will respect him.. oh and by the way america is a republic, read your history....
    heelyes1

    Yup, remember the 'Pledge of Allegience"? '...and to the republic..."

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