Reporting Steve Large
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The vice president made a quick stop in Sacramento on Tuesday to raise money for President Obama’s re-election.
Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento.
The motorcade made it in and out of downtown Sacramento in less than two hours.
Biden told the crowd inside the Sutter Club that Gov. Jerry Brown is the smartest guy in American politics. The governor joked to reporters when leaving that he asked Biden for help with state budget negotiations.
“I talked to him about the budget. He said he’s gonna lobby for me,” Brown said.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was also on hand for the fundraiser.
“I got a chance to meet him at the airport,” Johnson said. “I rode in with the motorcade. We had a chance to have some private conversations.”
Biden told the small gathering of supporters President Obama’s re-election campaign needs more help.
Recent numbers show in May Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised more money than President Obama and the Democratic National Committee, although overall Obama still holds a lead in total campaign dollars.
Sacramento supporters who did not pay the $500 entry fee for the event tried to get just a glimpse of the vice president from the sidewalk.
“I’ve already been turned down at the door,” one spectator said. “They said ‘Your name is not on the list. But you can hang out and we wish you well.’”
Biden reportedly flew from Sacramento to Monterrey, where he was staying the night.