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Peters' camp receives boast from VP Biden's San Diego visit

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Vice President Joe Biden speaking Saturday morning at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Kearny Mesa. Saturday, November 1, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden speaking Saturday morning at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Kearny Mesa. Saturday, November 1, 2014.

KEARNY MESA (CNS) - Vice President Joe Biden led a rally for Rep. Scott Peters at a Kearny Mesa labor hall Saturday, telling nearly 400 supporters of the first-term congressman that defeating Republicans Tuesday is vital for the middle class.

Biden was in town campaigning for Peters, whom pollsters say is in a dead heat in his race with Republican Carl DeMaio for the 52nd Congressional District. The district includes coastal and central portions of the city of San Diego, as well as the suburbs of Poway and Coronado.

Biden and his motorcade arrived at the event Saturday at 9:22 a.m. The vice president took photos with Peters' supporters and others backstage before the crowd attending the ticket-required event.

San Diego Democratic Reps. Juan Vargas and Susan Davis were first to speak, taking the stage at 9:34 a.m. in advance of Biden's address.

Biden appeared with Peters at 9:39 a.m., wearing a white shirt and tie. He immediately took a seat on a stool to the left of Peters, who spoke first.

Biden got a rousing reception when introduced by Peters a few minutes later. He spoke for 22 minutes starting at 9:45 a.m. Biden criticized GOP congressional candidates for talking about what they are against, and not telling voters what they support. Biden said it's important for the middle class that Democrats do well Tuesday in order to improve their economic fortunes and stave off GOP-led cuts.

"The reason why it's so critical that Scott go back, that we retain the Senate, is we have to deal the middle class back in," Biden said. "The middle class is what built this country."

Biden spent Friday night in San Diego and attended a private dinner in La Jolla.

Both men are former San Diego City Councilmen.

Peters previously served two terms on the San Diego City Council terms from 2000 to 2008. He then became a San Diego Port commissioner before defeating Republican challenger Brian Bilbray for the newly created 52nd Congressional District.

DeMaio served one term as a member of the San Diego City Council, representing District 5 from 2008 to 2012, after running successfully for termed-out councilman Brian Maienschein.

Endorsed as his successor by then-mayor Jerry Sanders, DeMaio ran unsuccessfully for mayor in November 2012, losing by a margin of 47.5 percent to 52.5 percent to Bob Filner, who later left the post in disgrace due to numerous sexual-harassment allegations brought by female city employees.

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