Vice President Joe Biden to Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder: Start listening to Senator Debbie Stabenow

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(Courtesy of Mi Live)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Dinner at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.

United States Vice President Joe Biden says everybody in Washington knows that when Sen. Debbie Stabenow asks you to do something, you listen.

“At least Joe Biden does,” the vice president said Sunday evening during the annual Yeshiva Beth Yehuda dinner at the Detroit Marriott inside the Renaissance Center.

Biden delivered keynote remarks at the fundraiser for Michigan’s largest Jewish day school, where he was joined by prominent members of Metro Detroit’s Jewish community, several Senate and House members from both sides of the aisle and Gov. Rick Snyder.

“When Debbie Stabenow asks you for something, say yes the first time,” Biden said with a smile. “Don’t say I have to check my schedule. Don’t say I’m not sure. Just say yes. Governor, start listening to her. Say yes.”

Stabenow introduced Biden at the dinner, calling him a friend who knows the value of manufacturing and who helped lead “critically important efforts to save our American automobile industry.”

After returning the praise, Biden spent most of his speech discussing US foreign policy as it relates to Israel, including a response to Palestine’s UNESCO membership and the continual threat of a nuclear Iran.
Check back tomorrow morning for a full account of his remarks.

Biden stumped for Stabenow in a more traditional manner during a $250 per-person campaign fundraiser earlier Sunday at the Marriott, calling her “an incredible asset” to workers in Michigan and across the nation.

Stabenow, a second-term Democrat, is expected to face a significant challenge in her bid for re-election. Several Republicans are looking to unseat her in 2012, including former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Detroit charter school founder Clark Durant.

Hoekstra issued a statement Saturday night ahead of Biden’s visit, suggesting he and Stabenow’s “big government approach has failed, and a repeat of those initiatives isn’t what Michigan voters are looking for.”

Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer called the statement a “hollow attack” meant to distract voters from Hoekstra’s own record.

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