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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.

By Scott Wilson  |  March 15, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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Your position and that of the sitting members of congress will not rise unscathed from the support of Obamacare. Support of this issue is a direct usurpation of the powers authorized to congress under the Constitution of the United States of America. In supporting it you violate the trust that has been placed in you by the citizens that you represent. In support of this issue you show gross disregard for the men and women that have fought and died for the words and principles of the Constitution over the entire history of this nation.

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Posted by: brownsview | March 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

According to the UK telegraph, Obama has threatened to pull his support and not assista any Democrat that does not support or opposes his health bill, as if that were some sort of threat to force their support, but considering that Obama has supported all of the dems in the special elections and all of them have lost, not having Obama support them may be what the wavering democrats are hoping for in order to keep their jobs.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | March 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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