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Biden says Florida economy 'still getting killed"



Vice President Joe Biden was in Boca Raton this afternoon for a fundraiser held at the house of Mark and Nancy Gilbert. He defended the Obama administration's handling of the economy but said Florida still has a way to go, having been hurt badly when the housing bubble burst.

"You're still getting killed," he said, according to the pool report.

On the economy he said, "I don't know of any president who inherited a more complicated set of data and complicated circumstances." He said things are improving. "Everybody's forgotten" how bad it was eight months ago. "We're getting to the end of this toboggan run."

"We inherited a Godawful mess."

About 60 people attended the event. Ticket prices were $1,000, $10,000 and $30,000.

Most of the people at the event are from Boca Raton. Several were from elsewhere in Palm Beach County and a few from Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

Two elected public officials were present. One was Florida State Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who is running to succeed U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, who is resigning in January. Deutch was endorsed earlier this week by Wexler and three other South Florida members of Congress.

The other was Florida State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland (in Broward County to the South), who was a supporter of Biden's during the Democratic primary season last year.

Biden acknowledged the presence of both Ring and Deutch, but didn't mention Deutch's role in the upcoming special election.

Others at the event included Fort Lauderdale attorney and Democratic bundler Mitchell Berger and Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel.

It was the first Florida stop of the day for VPOTUS, who departed for another DNC fundraising event in Miami. After the Miami event, he leaves the state.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:25pm]


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