Murray a 'must' vote, Biden tells Vancouver voters

VANCOUVER, WASH. - Vice President Joe Biden told Democratic supporters in southwest Washington on Tuesday that they have a "stark choice" this November and must send Sen. Patty Murray back to Congress.

“If we do not prevail in this election, we will be set back for a long time,” Biden told more than 760 people gathered at Vancouver’s Pearson Air Museum.

Biden railed against the legacy of Republican leadership of Congress, saying that the current administration inherited from the GOP many of the problems that led to the current economic situation.

“These guys did nothing, nothing to fix the problems,” he said. “They drove us into this great recession.”

Biden said that if re-elected, “Patty will be the person at the dike with her finger in the hole.”

Murray, a three-term incumbent first elected in 1992, has won re-election twice by wide margins. But polls show her in a competitive race against Republican Dino Rossi, a former state senator who lost gubernatorial races in 2004 and 2008.