Biden set to visit RI for fundraiser next month

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Rhode Island next month to hold a fundraiser for his Democratic presidential campaign, WPRI 12 has learned.

Biden is scheduled to raise money at the East Side home of real estate investors Sally Lapides and Art Solomon on Nov. 25, according to two people familiar with the event.

Bill Russo, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, declined to comment.

Solomon, a member of Biden’s national finance committee, said he began sending invitations earlier Tuesday and is already seeing “tremendous enthusiasm.”

“Both my wife and I are big Biden supporters,” Solomon told WPRI 12. “We think he has the best chance of beating Donald Trump. We think he’s the only one running who doesn’t need on-the-job training. We think that he’s progressive, but yet moderate enough that he can start helping to heal country and start getting some badly needed bipartisan legislation enacted.”

“This is probably the most consequential election in my lifetime,” he added.

The news comes as the latest quarterly reports show Biden lagging his rivals in cash on hand. Analysts have said his campaign’s reliance on big-money donors, rather than small-dollar online contributions, will require Biden to continue aggressively holding donor events coast to coast.

So far this has been a relatively quiet presidential election cycle in Rhode Island.

At this point in the 2015, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley had both visited the state to raise money for their primary races. This time, though, only Andrew Yang has held a fundraising event in the state. (Others — including Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard — have come to speak at Brown University.)

Ted Nesi (tnesi@wpri.com) is WPRI 12’s politics and business editor and a Target 12 investigative reporter. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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