Vice President Joe Biden has touched down in San Diego, on his way to show some late-hour support for Democratic candidates in Southern California.
Friday, the vice president flew from San Bernardino to Lindbergh Field, where the FAA had issued a temporary flight restriction to make way for Air Force 2.
Just four days before the mid-term election, Biden’s first stop will be a private fundraiser in La Jolla on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.
To prepare for his arrival at a home on Soledad Avenue, no parking signs have been set up for blocks around it, and at least 20 California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers were seen staging in the area.
Many in La Jolla had no idea what was happening.
"I came to the stop sign and said, 'Holy cow, 15 motorcycle officers?' I was like, 'What's going on? Is like Obama coming?' And they wouldn't answer me," said resident Tom Grunow.
Biden will spend the night in San Diego to prepare for a “Get Out the Vote” event for Congressman Scott Peters Saturday morning in Kearny Mesa. No more tickets are available for the event, according to Peters' spokesman Alex Roth.
Peters is in one of the closest Congressional races in the country against former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio.
A spokesman for DeMaio, who garnered support thanks to a visit from House Speaker John Boehner earlier this month, released this statement upon hearing about the vice president’s trip Thursday:
“Obama is rewarding Congressman Scott Peters with a visit from the Vice President because they know he has served as a rubber-stamp for this Administration’s failed policies.”
After appearing in Kearny Mesa, Biden will travel to San Bernardino for a “Get Out the Vote” rally at noon for Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, the Democratic candidate for California’s 31st Congressional District, and State Senator Alex Padilla, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State.