Biden visit causes traffic issues around Charleston
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ten Democratic supporters got to spend a few hours with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night. Dozens of motorcycles and police cars escorted the Vice President's motorcade to the Charleston Place Hotel.
Inside, the Vice President was greeted by 10 supporters who paid $35,800 each for the opportunity.
Dozens of roads and the interstate were shut down for parts of Thursday evening for the motorcade. Motorists experience rush hour traffic delays with Biden in town.
Columbia attorney and chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party Dick Harpootlian was one of those in attendance.
Harpootlian said he's paying for a better country, "That's all I'm paying for here."
"It's the knowledge that this money will move this country forward," Harpootlian said."I'm not a lobbyist. I don't have any special interest. I want this country to be better."
Biden was in Charleston to raise money for his and President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. The dinner was put on by the Democratic National Committee and Obama's re-election campaign.
Earlier this week, Biden made stops in Ohio and Chicago to talk to raise election funds and talk to Americans about Obama's $447 billion jobs plan. According to the Chicago Tribune, Biden collected at least $500,000 from two fundraisers held in Chicago on Tuesday.
Biden has been to the Charleston area before.
He and his wife Jill vacationed at Kiawah Island two years ago. He is a close friend of former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings and gave the eulogy at the 2003 funeral of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.
Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.