WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon tried to rally about 200 Democratic activists and donors at a fundraiser in Manchester, N.H., filling the campaign coffers of candidates in key midterm races.
“Every one of these is winnable,” Biden said, according to a press pool report of the event.
Biden, speaking at Stoneyfield Farm, the producer of organic yogurt and ice cream, said he knows that voters are angry and will “take it out on those who are in office.”
"They should be able to be angry with us," Biden said. "If we make this a referendum on the current state of affairs, we lose. And so that’s why we’ve got to make this a choice."
"For us to say we’ve made things better is not enough,” he added. “They have a right to ask us, ‘Where do we go from here?’"
He also quoted Kevin White, the longtime mayor of Boston, as saying, "Don’t compare me to the Almighty. Compare me to the alternative."
Biden contrasted his party with the Republicans, saying their policies hurt the middle class. He also referred to the GOP’s new “Pledge to America” as calling “for the elimination of everything from the FBI to child care and everything in between, literally.”
New Hampshire, which has leaned toward the Democrats in recent years, has a several closely-contested races this year.
The fundraiser benefited Representative Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee for US Senate; Representative Carol Shea-Porter, who is seeking reelection in the state’s 1st congressional district; and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Ann McLane Kuster, who is running for the 2nd District U.S. House being vacated by Hodes, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, also spoke.
"We’re going to retain control of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate,” Biden said. "The biggest reason New Hampshire will stay blue in November is because of the quality of the candidates. Every single one of them knows what they believe and are committed to push for what they believe."
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: "After blindly supporting the White House’s tax-and-spend agenda, it’s no wonder Hodes and Shea-Porter are calling Washington for some outside help," said Parish Braden, Republican National Committee spokesman. "Unfortunately, today’s visit from the Vice President will only serve to remind voters that Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter are in lock step with the Obama Administration’s failed economic policies that have hurt small businesses, raised taxes and put our country further into debt.”
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