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November 29, 2012

A very Biden Christmas

Vice President Joe Biden showed up at the opening of DC's first Costco Thursday morning -- getting in some Christmas shopping and a plug for Congress to pass middle class tax cuts.

He called on Republicans in the House to pass an extension, saying that "consumer confidence is growing, the last thing we need to do is dash that."

He made his remarks as he stood by his shopping car, laden with childrens' books, fire logs, a 32 inch Panasonic TV and a big apple pie. "I'm looking for pie," he told one employee as they steered the cart around the stores.

Biden warned that shoppers like those at Costco would be hard hit by a tax increase as he made his way around the store, availing himself of several Costco food samples. The store was clogged w shoppers who whipped out cells and iPhones to snap the vice president, who rewarded many with hugs and photographs.

He and his cart did a loop of nearly the entire store, including the bakery, frozen foods and books, where he picked up at least a dozen for a Delaware charity started by his wife, Jill.

But Biden turned down the employees who were trying to lure him to the tire department.

"Hey man, I don't need tires," Biden told them. "I don't drive anymore."


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