Biden raising money for undecided Democrats
By Scott Wilson
With his boss just up the road, Vice President Biden raised money in Ohio Monday money for an endangered freshman Democratic congressman who has yet to declare his support for health-care reform legislation.
White House officials have said President Obama, who on Monday rallied supporters around health-care reform in a suburb of Cleveland, would travel to competitive districts in return for "yes" votes on the bill. Presidential visits can mean a large haul for campaign treasuries.
So can vice presidential visits, and Biden has been a money-raising machine for Democratic House members since taking office.
On Monday, he spoke in Cincinnati at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve Driehaus, who remains on the fence about the final health-care bill -- and assured the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Biden visit would not influence his decision one way or the other.
Biden barely mentioned the topic in his half-hour speech, which roughly 500 people paid between $100 and $500 each to see at the city's downtown Westin Hotel. The vice president focused instead on jobs, using the opportunity to thank Driehaus for his vote last year in favor of the $787 billion stimulus bill.
The vice president also served up some partisan red meat.
"I love these people who say, 'You are trying to do too much,'" Biden said. "Tell that to the fellow who is out of work. Tell that to the family that can no longer afford health insurance."
"I love these guys who think everything we do is a mistake but offer no tangible alternative," he added.
In 2008, Driehaus defeated seven-term Republican Rep. Steve Chabot, who is seeking to reclaim his seat this year. Polls show a tight race.
March 15, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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