Three VPs meet on Capitol Hill for swearing-in ceremony

Three VPs meet on Capitol Hill for swearing-in ceremony

Two former vice presidents joined Vice President Pence on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the three participated in the swearing-in of Sens. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

A picture tweeted out by Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah shows the vice president speaking with his predecessor, Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report Biden marks MLK Day: Americans are 'living through a battle for the soul of this nation' MORE, and Carter-era Vice President Walter Mondale before the ceremony.

Personal connections brought the two former vice presidents to the ceremony. Biden, who escorted Jones, campaigned for the Democrat in Alabama, while Mondale once mentored Smith before she became Minnesota lieutenant governor.

Biden and Pence reportedly have a congenial relationship. Biden said he was leaving his office in "good hands" with Pence shortly after last November's election.


Jones won a hard-fought Senate special election in December over Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreDNC chairman: ‘The party of Lincoln is officially dead’ Dems search for winning playbook 'Saturday Night Live' tackles talk of Oprah presidential bid MORE (R), who battled accusations he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Biden vocally supported Jones during his campaign, and tweeted his praise for the former prosecutor after his victory. Jones would typically be escorted by Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMoore supporters fire back at Richard Shelby Disaster aid becomes hostage to funding fight WATCH: GOP senators urge Romney to run for Senate MORE (R-Ala.), the state's other senator, but Shelby was not asked.

“Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character,” Biden said.

“A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate," Biden tweeted last month.

Smith was appointed to her seat by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) after the resignation of Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath MORE (D-Minn.) over sexual misconduct accusations.