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Joe Biden Lauded as 'Detroit's Very Best Friend'

By    |   Monday, 08 September 2014 02:35 PM

Vice President Joe Biden found a warm welcome in Detroit as he continued a long tour of campaign stops ahead of November's midterm elections.

The city, under a broad-scale reorganization amid hope for rebirth after an era of political and fiscal corruption, is ground zero for unions and bedrock Democrats, and the city's new mayor, Mike Duggan, lauded Biden as "Detroit's very best friend," the Detroit News reported.

Democrats are eyeing Michigan with both fear and potential as several hard-fought congressional races loom large, and as a Republican governor seeks to earn a second term.

Among those crucial races in Michigan are a Senate showdown between former Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land, a Republican, and Democrat Rep. Gary Peters. They are looking to land the spot left by powerful Sen. Carl Levin, who is retiring. A GOP win would be a game-changer for Michigan, where organized labor interests have lost power and where the governor signed a right-to-work law in 2012 lauded by many as a stimulant to business growth.

Labor proponents have gone after the governor, saying such a law is wrong for Michigan. National interests, including the Republican and Democrat governors associations, are paying attention to the Michigan races, as well, the News reported.

The latest Huffington Post's Pollster Model, released Monday, a 2.3-point edge to Peters,  but called it among the closest in the nation, noting a 50 percent probability that Republicans could pull it out.

The affable and popular Biden has been embraced along the campaign trail, raising money for Democrats — many of whom are seeking to distance themselves from President Barack Obama. Such fear was mocked by comic Jon Stewart in his "Democalypse 2014" bit, TownHall.com reported. He showed segments of a host of Democrat campaign ads pushing back on Obama and "throwing the president shade."

Red-state Democrats, MSNBC reported, are "running from Obama," with candidates like Arkansas's Mark Pryor choosing to campaign with former President Bill Clinton, who has also rode in as a big gun to campaign for other Democrats in tight races, including Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes, noted MSNBC, has gone after Obama over his war on the coal industry as she battles vulnerable Republican Mitch McConnell.

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