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May 20, 2012
Salem News

Roses for a visit to our fair city by the vice president of the United States. Doesn't happen often. Was it politically-motivated??Duh. Part and parcel to campaigning office holders regardless of party bent. Do you think he would've been here if there wasn't a presidential election in less than six months? Double duh. And, while fully acknowledging his emotional connect to fire responders given past tragedies, do you think Mr. Biden would've visited the fire house had its members not been union members??After all, his visit was arranged by the International Association of Firefighters. And this is coming from someone who has squarely supported Salem firefighters from the get-go including through that proposed fire district firestorm. Despite being politically motivated, it was still a big moment for our city. In fact the last time a sitting VP was here came back in 1968 with Hubert Humphrey. Of course the most significant appearance by a political figure had to be JFK's visit during his 1960 presidential campaign. And why do the words "Reilly Stadium urinal" always come to mind when recalling Jack's visit here?



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