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Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Representative Fred Upton, a long-serving Republican from the area, faced the toughest race of his career.
But Mr. Biden was not there to denounce Mr. Upton. Instead, he was collecting $200,000 from the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan to address a Republican-leaning audience, according to a speaking contract obtained by The New York Times and interviews with organizers. The group, a business-minded civic organization, is supported in part by an Upton family foundation.
The article goes on to state the following:
Mr. Biden stunned Democrats and elated Republicans by praising Mr. Upton while the lawmaker looked on from the audience. Alluding to Mr. Upton’s support for a landmark medical-research law, Mr. Biden called him a champion in the fight against cancer — and “one of the finest guys I’ve ever worked with.”
3 weeks before the midterms, Joe Biden collected $200,000 to speak to a Republican-leaning audience in Michigan. He praised the local GOP congressman — who went on to beat his Democratic challenger by 4.5 percentage points. https://t.co/M8bznRSJgM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 23, 2019
Joe Biden took $200,000 to speak in Michigan and praise a Republican candidate three weeks before the election.
As the Blue Wave swept the country, Biden was taking money to work against it.https://t.co/4w5OnqgZro
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 23, 2019
NEW: How Joe Biden’s $200,000 speech helped rescue a powerful Republican in Michigan
A former VP, a lucrative speaking gig on GOP turf and a lawmaker who both championed funding for cancer research — and helped devise a bill gutting Obamacarehttps://t.co/Tmlxldqj7m
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) January 23, 2019
Joe Biden gave a paid speech in Michigan three weeks before the 2018 midterms in which he praised GOP Rep. Upton and local Dem leaders were stunned and considered it a betrayal, @alexburnsNYT reports https://t.co/TJFMRIxVmF
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 23, 2019
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