VP Joe Biden Christmas Shops At New DC Costco, Talks Tax Cuts [PHOTOS]

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on November 29 2012 3:07 PM

Vice President Joe Biden was spotted at the new Coscto wholesale store in Washington, D.C., Thursday, supposedly doing some holiday shopping.

"I'm looking for pies," he told Costco employee Ivey Stewart, who assisted him through navigating the super store.

But the jovial leader’s loot included 32-inch Panasonic flat-screen TV, some kids' books, a big apple pie and Duraflame logs, which he took back to the White House compound, Yahoo! News reports.

According to a White House official who asked to remain anonymous, Biden renewed his Costo membership during his visit.

He flashed his card to Costco CEO Craig Jelinek and co-founder Jim Sinegal as they welcomed him into the store.

"In all honesty, I didn't have my own card. Jill wouldn't let me have one," he said.

"I went to get my wife's card, and she said, 'No, no, get your own card.'"

In addition to shopping, Biden stopped to hug several fellow shoppers and posed for photos, Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers reported. Some shoppers from Delaware, his home state, got especially big hugs and handshakes.

He also tasted a number of samples and was greeted by applause by the crowd in the bakery section. He took some time to look at watches and called his daughter Ashley for some “guidance” on a $1,200 model.

According to Clark, Biden spoke to someone on Stewart’s cell phone, after which his store guide burst into tears and he hugged her.

As he left, Biden thanked the press for shopping “with” him.

"I know you won't tell anybody what I bought for Christmas," he joked.

The vice president also took a moment to talk politics, stating that Congress needs to extend the Bush-era tax cuts in order to aid the middle class.

"Consumer confidence is growing. The last thing we need to do is dash that,” he said.

"It's important Congress acts now, right now."

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