VP Shies From Debt Fight Spotlight

(ABC News) – The last time Washington flirted with default, in 2011, Vice President Joe Biden rode to the rescue as the Great Dealmaker with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Dispatched to the Hill, Bidenbrokered an 11th-hour compromise with Republicans that helped stave off default.

But this go-round, the normally loquacious Biden is notably silent and sidelined.

While lawmakers huddled this weekend and President Obama monitored developments from the White House, Biden and his wife were squirreled away at Camp David, where they remained through this morning.

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