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Vice president and wife visit Kansas City

Vice President Joe Biden met privately with about two dozen Kansas City area supporters Monday to raise money for Democrats and President Barack Obama’s re-election effort.

The fundraiser, at a home near 54th Street and Sunset Drive in Kansas City, was expected to generate at least $100,000 for the Obama Victory Fund. Tickets to the luncheon began at $5,000 per person.

Mayor Sly James was among those who joined the vice president, although he said he did not donate to the fund.

“He talked about the campaign a lot,” James said. “It was very well received. He was very eloquent.”

Biden did not speak with reporters or make any public appearances during the campaign stop.

Kansas City police, some on horseback, provided an escort for Biden’s motorcade. It is not known how the cost of the trip will be split between the committee and taxpayers.

While he was raising money, Biden’s wife, Jill, participated in a discussion at the Penn Valley health science facility, part of the Metropolitan Community College system.

So far the Obama re-election campaign has raised almost $335,000 from Kansas City area supporters, according to the Federal Election Commission website.

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has raised roughly $128,000 from Kansas City area ZIP codes, records show.

James B. Nutter Jr., who hosted the Biden luncheon, said that Obama’s message “resonates with the public,” leading to the better fundraising success.

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