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October 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

VP Biden to visit Renton Technical College Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Seattle area on Thursday, visiting a community college and headlining a political fundraiser.

Biden will speak at Renton Technical College Thursday morning to tout the Obama administration’s job-training efforts, according to the White House. The community college was one of 270 nationwide that received a slice of a $450 million U.S. Department of Labor training grant program.

Later, Biden will attend a political fundraising lunch for Senate Democrats with U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The Seattle visit comes after another foot-in-mouth moment for the veep, who recently apologized to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for comments blaming the countries for aiding Islamic terrorists.

The Washington Post noted Biden’s comments, made during a Harvard University policy speech, “exposed deep rifts between the United States and its regional allies over who is to blame for the rise of the Islamic State and how to go about confronting it, underscoring the fragility of the coalition formed to fight the extremist group.”

But much like Biden’s famous early endorsement of gay marriage, the Associated Press noted his terrorism comments may have just been another case of blurting out publicly what administration officials have been thinking in private.

The Thursday political fundraiser will benefit a new political committee called Cantwell for Women in the Senate 2014. Money will aid Democratic Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landieu of Louisiana, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, as well as some Democratic challengers including Alison Grimes, who is looking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Donors will pay at least $125 for general seating, and up to $5,000 for a private reception.

Biden last visited the Seattle area in May, slipping into town for a stealthy, closed-press fundraiser at an undisclosed Bellevue home.

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