November 4th, 2008
09:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden makes big entrance at poll


Sen. Joe Biden voted Tuesday morning with his wife and mother.

WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – With his wife, daughter and 91-year-old mother in tow, Joe Biden headed to the polls to vote Tuesday shortly before 9 a.m., about the same time Barack Obama cast his own ballot in Chicago.

The foursome walked into a local school minutes away from the Bidens’ home to cast their ballots at the spacious polling station void of the long lines seen elsewhere Tuesday.

Biden’s mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, showed an election official her ID. After her granddaughter Ashley asked “Ready, girlfriend?”, walked into one of the three booths.

Watch: Biden votes with his wife and mother

The senator and Mrs. Biden took the other two booths, and the Democratic vice presidential nominee emerged seconds later with a wide smile, flashing a thumbs-up for the cameras.

Mrs. Biden came over and gave her husband a big hug. As his mother emerged from behind the blue curtain he told her, to loud laughs, “Don’t tell them who you voted for.”

Moments earlier, Biden told an election official, “Mom said ‘It's the most important election of your life, but not because of you, Joe.’"

Asked by a reporter how he’s feeling, Biden responded, “Feel good, feel good.”

The Delaware senator was on the ballot twice Tuesday, as he runs for his seventh term in the U.S. Senate against Republican challenger Christine O’Donnell. With a significant lead in the polls, however, his re-election bid is essentially a foregone conclusion.

Election Day is shaping up as a family affair in the Biden household: 36 relatives will travel with the senator to Chicago Tuesday, ahead of the Democratic ticket’s evening rally in the city’ Grant Park . On his way, Biden will stop at a polling station in Richmond, Virginia. The Democratic ticket heads into Election Day with a small lead in that traditionally-Republican state.

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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. New Day

    Unfortunately, he accidentally voted for Nader... 😀 heheheh kidding! Love ya, Joe!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Independent but Leaning

    Biden was quoted as saying, "I have a lot of respect for John McCain.... he is probably even a better choice for president than Barack..."

    Then he was locked in a closet for another month.

    November 4, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. JJ

    God bless you and your family Mr. Biden! We love you and we can't wait until you and Obama are in the White House! 🙂

    November 4, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Glenn in California

    This is the start of the change that our country needs. I think Biden's going to make an excellent VP, light years ahead of Darth Cheney.

    November 4, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Texas for Obama

    Cha-Cha-Change is coming!

    God Bless The U.S.A.!

    Obama / Biden 08!

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Emma from Texas

    I love Joe Biden. I am a registered republican leaving my house right now going to the polls to vote for Obama!

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Our Next VP – Go Joe !!!

    I voted early – staying warm and dry today, watching it all on TV

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. PA/Blue

    Where is Palin's FULL MEDICAL RECORDS.....

    John McCain, Barack Obama and Joseph Biden have all provided details about their medical history and she releases a letter from family physician...THIS IS NOT FAIR....if it was the other way around...dear god, this would be BREAKING NEWS on all the networks.

    WHAT IS SHE HIDING? We are running out of time?????

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. mb

    The United States and the World is praying for change.
    May God Bless America!

    It was nice to see history in the making.

    November 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Democrat in ARIZONA


    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. J*

    John McCain is weak on economics. Sarah is a pea brain with an IQ deficit, almost as scary as Bush with his Achilles brain. Obama is cerebral and calm. a model of how a leader should be. His running mate, Joe Biden, while exhibiting signs of verbal diarrhea, at least seems capable of performng his duties as a VP.
    Whoever you Americans chose to rule your nation will make very little difference to your country's declining status in the world, however. The rise of China and India is inevitable. The days of Ameican hegemony are numbered.
    My advice: lose some weight, re-educate yourselves and learn to work with the rest of the world with a little humility and grace!

    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    The start of an historic day for our next Vice President!
    YES WE CAN!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Chuck, Tennessee

    The Democrat party has rejected Biden as its presidential candidate on a number of occasions. Now, he could be one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. How stupid is that?

    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Commonwealth of Virginia



    November 4, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. CanIcallyouJoe

    From day one until Today, I still fail to see how there can be any comparison between Biden and Palin....

    You Repubs just live in your own little backwards world there, eh? You betcha.

    November 4, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Say it ain't so Joe

    I didn't think there could be any worse pick for VP than Quayle. But I was proven wrong by the Dems this time.

    Gonna try to bring the credit cards to DC now Joe? How many more people can you screw?

    November 4, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. CB

    Independent but leaning... YOU ARE NOT AN INDEPENDENT

    November 4, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. No thanks Joe

    Bumbling fool.. I didn't think anyone could be worse than Quayle..

    Wow.. the trouble begins..

    November 4, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. It's like Christmas!

    Joe the Biden, he' s gonna be Joe the Vice President! Yae!

    November 4, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. carol

    We love Joe....a decent honest man who will make a wonderful Vice President....together, he and Barack will make a great team and this country will be once again on the right track and we will get the respect from around the world again.
    Wonderful day for America when tonight, God willing we will elect Sen Obama as our new President and how fabulous to be part of history at the same time.


    November 4, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA





    November 4, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. 47yo male for McCain

    Joe, the used car selsman, Biden of that little piece of land called Deleware. He wasn't capable of handling anything larger.

    November 4, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Clarissa

    Joe, the polls in DE are more crowded then ever before. Good Luck!!

    November 4, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Another O and Joe supporter

    Mom's are always right,
    it is an important election of all our lives,
    but not because of you, Joe.

    This day makes me proud to be an American.

    November 4, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Kit

    GODs speed, Joe!

    November 4, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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