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Vice President Biden drops in for President Obama fund-raiser

Vice President Joe Biden talks students during his stop Boys Club Sioux City IowWednesday. (AP Photo/Sioux City Journal Jim Lee)

Vice President Joe Biden talks to students during his stop at the Boys Club in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sioux City Journal, Jim Lee)

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Updated: May 1, 2012 8:28AM

Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a three-state campaign tour Thursday at the Lincoln Park home of real estate developer Elzie Higginbottom.

He gave shout-outs to former Mayor Richard M. Daley and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, whom he called “one of my closest friends in the world.”

The exclusive $2,500-to-$10,000-a-ticket reception for 65 people followed a similar stop at the Gold Coast home of Greg Hansen. The campaign is racing to make a strong fund-raising finish for the first quarter because Republicans will raise $400 million to $800 million in SuperPAC money to “carpet-bomb” President Barack Obama with personal attack ads, Biden said.

Biden said Obama will win in part because he has shown how decisive he can be.

As an example, Biden told of Obama’s decision to go after Osama bin Laden: “He went around the table, the entire national security team, and asked them, ‘What is your position?’ Every single person equivocated. Not one person said ‘Go!’ except Leon Panetta.”

Even Biden counseled Obama to wait, but Biden said Obama told his national security adviser: “ ‘Go!’ He knew, if it was wrong, he was an ex-president. He knew he was a one-term president. . . . That was a gutsy move. . . . He said, ‘This is the best shot we’ve ever had and we cannot run the risk of not taking it even if it means my career is over.’ ”

The second reason Obama is going to win, Biden told the donors, “is because of all of you. Thank God there’s rooms like this I’ve been able to go into all around the country. You guys are putting us in the game. . . . We can put together the best ground game that ever has occurred in the history of American politics.”

Obama has spent more than $135 million — more than GOP challengers Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum combined — on his re-election apparatus, according to an Associated Press analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Contributing: Lynn Sweet

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