By Matthew Daley, Associated Press 11:33am, November 29, 2012 - Updated 11:56am, November 29, 2012
Vice President Biden walks over to hug Costco employee Ivey Stewart, left, after shopping at the a Costco store in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Vice President Biden visited Washington's first Costco store, where he bought a 32-inch TV, a stack of children's books, an apple pie and other items in a pre-Christmas shopping spree.
Biden came to the store's grand opening Thursday and was mobbed by shoppers and employees. He said he visited the store to demonstrate the need to extend tax cuts for the middle class.
"We are fully prepared to work with our Republican colleagues to make sure we deal with, quote, the rest of the fiscal cliff, and that would take 900 billion dollars off the cliff right now."
He said consumer confidence is growing, as demonstrated by the huge crowd at the gleaming new store, and said "the last thing we need to do is dash that now" by imposing a tax increase of about 22-hundred-dollars for a typical middle-class family.
Vice President Biden and President Obama have pressed Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts while raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
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