Biden hit the road when his flight to Des Moines was cancelled Saturday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrived almost an hour late Saturday night to the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum.
"It’s a seven hour ride from Chicago," the Delaware senator said after filling the one empty chair on stage. "I apologize."
He then took a subtle jab at his opponents with bigger campaign war chests, adding, "And I don’t have a plane."
According to a Biden spokeswoman, the Delaware senator's flight from Chicago to Des Moines earlier in the day was cancelled, so he then decided to drive the roughly 300 miles.
But, according to that same staffer, the conditions "were getting bad" after about 175 miles into the trip. The spokeswoman said they were then "able to get him on a small plane."
The ice storm that's taken over much of the state for the majority of the day also forced Sen. Hillary Clinton to speak to a Des Moines crowd of community organizations by telephone, and it caused former president Bill Clinton—who was scheduled to stump for the senator—to can cancel his trip completely.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also cancelled his events for the day.
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch