Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit Columbia on Saturday to campaign with Democratic state Senate candidate Dick Harpootlian, The State has learned.
The private meet-and-greet in downtown Columbia will be held three weeks before the former prosecutor faces Republican attorney Benjamin Dunn for the state Senate’s District 20 seat.
Biden will stop in Columbia after stumping with state Rep. James Smith, the Democratic candidate for S.C. governor, at a private fundraiser at the American Theater on Charleston‘s King Street.
“I’m honored to have the support of Vice President Biden and look forward to his visit to Senate District 20,” Harpootlian said.
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Harpootlian, a two-time former chairman of the state Democratic Party, and Biden go way back. Harpootlian was a key backer of former President Barack Obama in his 2008 S.C. primary win, a victory that led to Biden becoming Obama’s vice president.
Harpootlian urged Biden to run for president in 2016, and the Delaware Democrat seems to be seriously considering a 2020 run.
Biden endorsed Harpootlian Aug. 1.