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 BidenBiden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing 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 MooreSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points GAO investigating after employee featured in Project Veritas video Roy Moore dismisses Kavanaugh accusation: 'So obvious' when claims come 'just days before a very important event' 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 ShelbyTrump signs first 'minibus' spending package for 2019 Congress reaches deal to fund government through Dec. 7, preventing shutdown Senate approves first 2019 spending package 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 FrankenNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls MORE (D-Minn.) over sexual misconduct accusations.