Biden coming in for fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Charleston today for a $35,800-a-plate dinner for 10 people, with the proceeds going to President Barack Obama's re-election effort.

Biden is pegged to be at the Charleston Place Hotel, a Democratic National Committee official said. Another Democratic Party source called the visit a quick "in-and-out" stop.

Charleston County Democratic Party Chairman George Tempel said he has a previous engagement and won't be attending. But, he added, Biden's appearance is a "big ticket" amount.

"If the vice president comes to town, you can bet it's going to be for more than the 100 bucks I'll be able to part with," Tempel said Wednesday.

A DNC official said state party Chairman Dick Harpootlian is among the 10 people invited to attend the dinner to benefit the Obama Victory Fund. Guests are asked to arrive about 5 p.m.

The vice president's travel plans were not announced, but afternoon security is expected to be tight throughout the area as he makes his way into downtown Charleston.

"The only thing that I can tell you is that we stand ready to provide assistance at any time requested," North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Biden has strong ties to Charleston and to South Carolina. He is known to have visited in August 2009 for a weeklong vacation on Kiawah Island with his wife, Jill Biden. He also is a close friend of Isle of Palms resident and former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.

In 2003, Biden gave the eulogy at the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Harpootlian said he is working to get a South Carolina visit from Obama before the year is out.