Joe Biden Shops at Brooks Brothers During Shutdown, Debt Talks
PHOTO: Melissa Romero tweeted, DAY MADE. Seeing Joe Biden walk out of Brooks Brothers on my way home. !!!! on Oct. 14, 2013.

(Melissa Romero)

Vice President Joe Biden was spotted taking a quick trip to a Brooks Brothers store in D.C. Monday afternoon.

Biden, along with his Secret Service detail and motorcade drew quite a bit of attention at the store, which is just blocks from the White House.

While Biden shopped, in other parts of Washington, lawmakers struggled to hammer out details of a deal that could end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit.

His absence in those negotiations is a departure from the last time a deal needed to be struck over the debt limit and Biden was a key player who eventually brokered the compromise.

Ran into Joe Biden shopping at the Brooks Brothers below the office when leaving work http://t.co/BS86wgDT4M

— David Zhou (@dz) October 14, 2013

This also isn't the first time Biden has slipped out for a mid-week shopping trip. During a 2010 jaunt, his visit shut down the store (and some traffic) during rush hour.

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