Vice President Joe Biden
2 PM ET UPDATE: Adds Romanoff response.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden plans to travel to Denver on Friday for “an event on domestic
violence,” according to administration officials.
No other details were immediately available, but the Biden visit is timely for several reasons. Not only has the scourge of domestic abuse been highlighted in the news recently because of the actions of football player Ray Rice, but this month marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, which Biden championed in the U.S. Senate.
“We know there is still more to do, but years of struggle and progress have spurred a national understanding that you can’t talk about human rights and human dignity without talking about the right of every woman on this planet to be free from violence and free from fear,” Biden wrote in a recent editorial.
There’s the potential for politics as well.
In his re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado has focused much of his energy on winning the support of women voters, who are crucial to his chances against Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. So anything the White House can do to draw attention to an issue important to female voters likely would be welcomed by the Udall campaign.
Udall, however, is not expected to attend.
“Mark’s a strong supporter of Vice President Biden’s longtime efforts to combat domestic violence and he’s glad the VP is coming to Colorado to bring attention to this important issue. Regretfully, previously scheduled travel prevents him from attending in person, but his wife, Maggie Fox, hopes to attend,” said Udall spokesman Chris Harris in a statement.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman to Democrat Andrew Romanoff said Biden would be doing “a small event for Andrew while he’s in town.” Romanoff is trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in one of the closest House races in the country.
Jon Murray contributed to this post.