Winston-Salem, NC -- There usually aren't many coincidences out on the campaign trail. Given the bad economic news released late last week, one local political science professor says it's no surprise Vice President Joe Biden will be in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest Biotech Place on Wednesday.
"That's just the nature of campaigns," Professor John Dinan said. "You've got to be available to take your opportunities where they come. And sometimes they come pretty suddenly and you take advantage of them."
If it's possible for Vice President Biden and the Obama Administration to take advantage of May's weak jobs numbers, this is the place to do it. In the shadow of its tobacco heritage, Wake Forest Biotech Place aims to be an incubator for 21st century research and innovation. Mr. Biden is expected to speak about how he believes President Barack Obama is the best man to turn projects like this one into new jobs.
"What we see about presidential incumbent races is it's really a referendum on the sitting incumbent and the performance of the economy," Dinan said. "I don't expect that to change this year."
Even though this isn't an official campaigning trip, it's important for Mr. Biden to make the president's job creation efforts look strong. North Carolina is a battleground state, and the unemployment rate here is above the national average.
"That really presents a barrier, a hurdle, an obstacle he has to overcome for the campaign effort," Dinan said.
People who don't like politics probably won't like what else Dinan had to say. Because North Carolina is a swing state this election season, he says a parade of visitors from both political parties will stream through North Carolina and the Triad between now and November.
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