Biden to meet with House Democrats

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a meeting of House Democrats, now set for 12:15 pm, to sell a deal to largely avert the fiscal cliff that he personally crafted with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Biden also visited the Hill late Monday night to play the same role with Senate Democrats. After a nearly two hour meeting, Biden emerged and was asked what he said to persuade wavering Democrats. "I said, 'this is Joe Biden, and I'm your buddy,'" Biden told reporters.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.
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