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Biden follows Obama into NC for fundraising visit

Posted September 15, 2011

— Vice President Joe Biden followed the president's visit to North Carolina on Thursday to scoop up contributions for the Democratic National Committee, which holds its presidential nominating convention in Charlotte in less than a year.

Biden spent about an hour in Raleigh at the North Hills area home of John and Kristin Replogle. About 60 people donated a minimum of $5,000 each to attend the breakfast.

His visit follows less than a day behind President Barack Obama's trip to the Triangle, where he visited an Apex business and pushed for his jobs package at a speech at North Carolina State University.

Biden visits Raleigh for DNC fundraiser Biden visits Raleigh for DNC fundraiser

The vice president made his own pitch for the jobs plan over breakfast, saying millions of Americans remain out of work and are struggling.

"We have to do something to jump start this,” he said. “All the elements for the beginning of a genuine recovery are there. We are out of the recession, but that is not enough.”

The $447 billion jobs bill calls for cutting payroll taxes for individuals and businesses and using tax credits to spur hiring. Those revenue losses would be offset by raising taxes on large corporations and the wealthy.

Biden said Republicans have supported ideas like tax cuts and credits before, and he said Obama and the Democrats are prepared to negotiate with the GOP-led House.

"We are not willing to negotiate no. We are not willing to negotiate stand-pat," he said. "We have had enough of this absolute recalcitrance."

On the way to the fundraiser, Biden stopped and greeted some neighborhood children.

"It was pretty awesome," said Raiford Garrabrant, who was with his brother, Pete, when they met Biden. "He's the vice president of the United States, and we got to meet him and shake his hand."

Secret Service agents and Raleigh police officers blocked off the neighborhood until Biden left, heading to another fundraiser Thursday afternoon in Dallas.

John Replogle is the former chief executive of Durham-based Burt's Bees, which makes natural personal care products, and now heads Seventh Generation, which makes non-toxic household and personal care products.


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  • kermit60 Sep 16, 2011

    I wish I could leave work to go raise money to keep the job I'm not doing because I'm out raising money. And all at someone elses expense. Isn"t America great.

  • durham citizen Sep 15, 2011

    $5K to eat breakfast with Biden! You can't be serious!

  • surfnturf27 Sep 15, 2011

    Why didnt he come yesterday with the Prez and save time, jet fuel, money, traffic congestion, LEO time??? They could've gotten a room at the mmotel 6 together and supported the local economy...... HHHmmmmm

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 15, 2011

    Vote independant and make your vote count!

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 15, 2011

    LOL, of course they'll bill it to the VP office, what do ya think? We pay that bill also. Our tax dollars at work, don't love it?

  • more cowbell Sep 15, 2011

    jealous repubixicans. had there been mcpalin (heaven forbid) it would have been much worse.

  • jdupree Sep 15, 2011

    I bet their fundraising as fast as they can, it's a shame they are wasting their money. People are fed up with the wasteful spending and just throwing millions away on Union bailout and 500 million loans to failing companies owned by Obama's fund raisers like in the Solara Solar Energy Case. Even after Price Waterhouse said it was not a viable company and that the books had irregularities and the Obama Administration was aware of the Audit Report, they still made this wasteful loan. The FBI is now investigating the matter.

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 15, 2011

    i hope they billed all the law enforcement time for shutting down the interstate, fuel for the jet and anything else to the vice president's office.

    this was purely a campaign stop so its all billed to them.

  • forautumn Sep 15, 2011

    " Never ran into Richard Burr but at least he returns E-Mails and that more than I can say for Kay Hagan,you see the difference is not always getting what you want but at least getting acknowledgement."

    Nice deflection.

    let me know the next time you see him at Waffle House.

    Hack, Hack.

  • orangemoonlite Sep 15, 2011

    The point of the matter is...
    Who cares where O & B are spending our money - oh, I mean traveling to speak to "the people"!