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Biden Time

As Robert Gibbs mentioned earlier today, Vice President Biden continues to be the White House’s point man on START. The veep met with Senator Kerry this morning to discuss the treaty:

Vice President Joseph Biden met with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Monday to map out a strategy for passing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, but they still face a heavy lift overcoming resistance from key Republicans.

Biden is spearheading the administration’s efforts to ratify the arms deal with Russia, which President Barack Obama has deemed a priority for the lame-duck Congress.

“Chairman Kerry is committed to working with his colleagues and the administration to bring this treaty to a vote in the Senate before the end of the year,” a Kerry spokesman said.

The White House has been scrambling to lure GOP allies on START and lobbying individual Senators for support. But Obama was dealt a blow last week when Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced his opposition to dealing with the treaty during the lame-duck session, citing a crowded agenda. Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has also signaled an unwillingness to moving on the treaty this year.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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