Vice President Joe Biden is making a campaign swing through Virginia and North Carolina next week. The visit will take the V.P. to South and Southwest Virginia, on August 14th & 15th but the specific cities have not been announced.
Biden has not spent nearly as much time in the Commonwealth as his boss, but his working class background should play well in that part of Virginia. Of course any time anyone connected to the Obama administration visits the southwest, the GOP rolls out their "war on coal" repertoire. It includes a long list of examples that they cite as the administration's attempt to put up roadblocks against the important industry in that part of the country.
The Romney campaign has already called out Virginia State Senator Phil Puckett (D) who had some pretty negative things to say about the administration's treatment of the coal industry. Puckett even told a radio show that Obama was "not his pick" for the democratic nomination.
The Obama administration was walked a careful balance between the job creating coal industry and the very critical environmental lobby, which has a dubious view of coal at best. The president has long been on the record as supporting the advancement of "clean coal" technology.
This issue actually got Biden himself into a bit of a spot in 2008, when an impromptu moment on a rope line was caught on camera. Biden was heard saying "no coal plants here in America." The campaign later used then Rep. Rick Boucher to put Biden's comments into context. Essentially, Biden was arguing that we need to invest in figuring out a way to use coal cleanly because if the U.S. doesn't develop the technology, no one else will.
We are still waiting for the Vice President to make a campaign stop here in the Richmond area. He hasn't campaigned here yet, but did make an official stop to tout new projects for community colleges back in July of 2009.
The limited details available about his Virginia visit can be found below:
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO TRAVEL TO NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA
CHICAGO – Obama for America announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will travel to North Carolina and Virginia next week. On Monday, August 13, the Vice President will be in North Carolina for a campaign event. On Tuesday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 15, he will hold campaign events in several cities in southern and southwest Virginia.
Additional details on the Vice President’s campaign events are forthcoming.