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VP Joe Biden visits Atlanta for Nunn fundraiser
Question of the Day
Biden is campaigning and raising money around the country for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. Many of his stops are in states such as Georgia, where President Barack Obama is unpopular among white voters. For Nunn to win, she’ll have to get support from white voters who supported Mitt Romney over Obama in 2012.
Biden quipped about the chill when he departed Air Force Two late Tuesday morning. “Where’s the warm air?” he said, before immediately departing in a motorcade to an East Lake YMCA, where he chatted with Michelle Nunn’s father, former Sen. Sam Nunn and visited with preschool children.
The first stop came at the elder Nunn’s invitation. Before reporters were ushered out of the room, Biden made a point to praise Sam Nunn as a conciliator and deal-maker when the two served together in the Senate.
Michelle Nunn doesn’t necessarily invoke her father, but that theme is a central part of her effort to woo the conservative and independent voters she would need to defeat a Republican in November. She often bemoans partisanship and blames both parties for Capitol Hill dysfunction.
After the YMCA stop, Biden went to the fundraiser, held at the Buckhead home of longtime Democratic donor Nancy Field.
Republicans, meanwhile, used Biden’s visit to link Nunn to the White House. A spokesman at the RNC said inviting “President Obama’s No. 2” to Georgia exposes Nunn as “a voice for the administration’s liberal agenda.”
“If the Obama administration’s agenda is good enough for Michelle Nunn to support it in private, then why isn’t it good enough for her to support it in public?” Michael Short said via email.
A crowded GOP field will meet in a May 20 primary. A runoff would be in July. Nunn is a heavy favorite in the Democratic primary.
Democrats want to use the minimum wage fight as a way to frame Republicans as out of touch with working class Americans. Republicans want to use their opposition to the health care law to repeat their success of the 2010 midterms.
At BG Ad Group, Inc., in Cobb County, Biden praised the media firm’s president for voluntarily raising the pay of his minimum-wage employees.
Darien Southerland wrote earlier this year to Obama expressing support for the wage hike and told the president he was setting a $10.10 wage floor at his business.
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