Vice President visits Triangle Thursday

Joe Biden (AP image)

July 22, 2010 9:12:01 PM PDT
Vice President Joe Biden made a brief stop in North Carolina Thursday to attend a Democratic fundraiser. The Vice President arrived at a reception at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill around 6:30 p.m. About two hours later, Airforce Two left the tarmac at RDU.

Donor Rodney Moore says the Vice President spoke for about 15 minutes, specifically about last year's federal stimulus and the jobs it created.

"What struck me was the detail, that he talked about as far as how deep the country's economy and financial system was in when him and President Obama first took office," Moore said.

"He really connected with the crowd," Donor Mel Black added. "He had a lot to say about where America is and particularly where America's going."

Thursday's visit was more intimate than Biden's visit four months ago in Durham and RTP. The stakes are also much higher with a number of Congressional seats up for grabs.

Money raised Thursday will go toward the Democratic National Committee's war chest --an effort already lampooned by state Republican Party Chair Tom Fetzer who called the stimulus package a failure.

"Hopefully, the Vice President's visit will stimulate the Democrats' fundraising as much as it has helped our economy," Fetzer said. "That won't amount to much."

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says the current White House has created more jobs than the Bush administration.

"I think that points to at least some success, at least enough success for Republican leadership here in North Carolina to re-think their talking points," Kleinschmidt said.

Governor Bev Perdue was also among those who attended the $500 invitation only event.

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