PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) --Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Providence on this rainy Sunday.

The private fundraiser was closed to television cameras, and held at the east side home of longtime democratic supporters Sally Lapides and Art Solomon.

Attendees say they're drawn to Biden's strengths.

"Experience, knowledge, wisdom," said Denise Wall of Pawtucket. "You can't beat that. Deep soul, a lot of conviction, and he's got our vote."

"He's the most experienced," said Mary O'Brien of Cranston. "And I feel you can be maybe sharper on a debate stage, but that doesn't necessarily make you the most qualified for the job."

"Any sense that this is a gentleman who's not in control, who's possibly lost some of his energy – that did not appear today," said Alan Stanzler of Barrington. "He was very solid, very to the point, very energetic."

Some elected officials are also throwing their support behind Biden.

"He has the experience of knowing all the world leaders, many of them by their first names," said Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, a Democrat. "And he has the ability to hit the ground running from day one."

Other elected officials stopped short of an endorsement.

"The Vice President is a passionate fighter for Democratic causes," said Rep. Jim Langevin, (D) RI –2nd District. "It's an honor to have him here in Rhode Island."

But Biden faced a protest by one vocal supporter of President Trump.

"He had the guts to stand up to all the bureaucrats and to China, and to make work come back here to the United States," said Frank Ricci of Johnston.

Biden was also confronted by a climate change activist.

"Put the youth and our future first, because we need politicians who are going to put us before corporate interests," said Michael Kearney of Providence. "None of it matters if we don't have a livable future."

 

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