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Biden scrubs Monday visit to Tampa, cites storm and security concerns

by George Bennett | August 25th, 2012

President Obama‘s campaign has altered its plans to grab some spotlight from the Republican National Convention, announcing late Friday that Vice President Joe Biden is scrubbing a planned campaign stop in Tampa on Monday because of “disaster preparedness and local security concerns.”

With Tropical Storm Isaac churning toward Florida and tens of thousands of delegates, protesters and media coming to Tampa for the convention, Tampa Bay Online reported that Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee voiced concerns about the added security burden of a vice presidential visit.

“It does complicate things. Certainly, it’s not the best day for us because we are trying to do a good job for the people that are going to be down in Tampa for this other event so they are all safe,” Gee said.

“We’re stretched, no doubt, and we may become more stretched with this storm out there,” Gee said.

Even Tampa’s Democratic mayor, Bob Buckhorn, sounded less than enthusiastic about his city’s ability to handle the convention, the storm and a Biden visit.

Buckhorn told TBO Online he didn’t know where Biden was planning to visit, but “If it is in the city, then I’m sure we’re going to have to deploy some resources to it…They are resources I would prefer not to have to deploy, but it is what it is.”

Said the Obama campaign: “This change in schedule is being taken out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm, as well as those attending the activities in Tampa.”

Biden is still slated to campaign Tuesday in Orlando and St. Augustine, though the Obama camp says those plans are “subject to change due to weather-related precautions.”

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6 Responses to “Biden scrubs Monday visit to Tampa, cites storm and security concerns”

  1. reggie patrick Says:

    No sane intelligent person believes this little rainstorm is cancelling “fumble bumbling” DelaWHERE Joe, from going to Tampa. He is a minefield of comedy material. If he was a conservative, the alphabet-media would spit all over themselves promoting his gaffs. But the “Communist Governmet Media Complex”,protects its’ idiots.

  2. reggie patrick Says:

    I must say that i’m disappointed that Joe has been canceled, from His Tampa Folly. He is funny and very entertaining. He is nutty and the most likeable face of the democratic party.

  3. Obama Stoled from Medicare Says:

    Barack Obama stoled $$$716 BILLION from Medicare to fund his ObamaCare.

    That $$$$716 BILLION goes to funding a group of 15 UNelected officials who will draw up a plan to determine what your healthcare should be. People who know NOTHING about YOUR condition, usurping the decision making from your doctor.

    The editorial today is another falsity by an uneducated editor. He finds it acceptable to bash the Ryan plan, but it’s okay to accept the Obama plan which the editor acknowledged that Obama has NOT submitted to the public.

    It’s much like the democrat’s budget…there is no plan. Just vote on blind faith and like the PB Post follow like blind kooks.

    TELL US ABOUT THE OBAMA PLAN FOR MEDICARE!

    THE TRUTH: $716 BILLION WAS SYPHONED OFF FROM MEDICARE. THAT IS THE TRUTH.

    The PResident and his acolytes can dress it up anyway they want, but BILLION$ were taken from Medicare.

    Just remember what happened to the excess Social Security funds, it was stolen to PAY for other programs and budgets and then they cry: Social Security needs to be fixed.

    What’s Obama’s plan?

  4. T. J. Ewing Says:

    Gee, just about the only thing that the teabaggers/GOP idiots have is the lie that Obama is “stealing” from Medicare. Pretty pathetic but typical. There is ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH TO THIS CLAIM. It’s like saying “the Rmoney/Ryan ticket will end SOCIAL SECURITY.” Hey, but isn’t that a part of the GOP/Teabagger ‘plan?’ Along with every other perceived “handout” that exists in the U.S. No wonder they want to divert your attention to the lie about Medicare. And Social Security will remain solvent if the cap is removed on how much you pay annually into Social Security. Problem solved. The real GOP/Teabagger plan is to end Social Security, so they harp on the need to fix it. The GOP/Teabaggers want to END Social Security, not fix it! Truth is stranger than fiction if the GOP was interested in the truth.

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