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. Rev Melvin Johnson

    Liz the younger voter... Where Joe Biden voted to there are no lines... my office is across the street from that location. Never any lines there in any election. Old money has its advantages.

    November 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Del-Mar-Velous

    I've been a long time supporter of Sen. Biden. I've seen what his policies have done for the great State of Delaware. I couldn't be prouder of a vice-presidential candidate.

    November 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. marcos nj 2 nc

    wooohooooooo, a landslide is coming america! god bless us the smart folks for voting for barry, and joe the 65 yr old kid from scranton.

    November 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Jack

    This is one of those days that won't be forgotten soon.

    November 4, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. John. Austin, TX

    The caption on the picture makes it seem like he married his mother. And he's holding her hand... redo it, CNN!!

    November 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. linda from South Dakota


    November 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. jason

    I hope he voted for McCain!!

    November 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. zman_miami

    Smart comment by Mama Biden!
    Go Obama/Biden – Change is just around the corner.

    November 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Jeff

    Has the governor of Delaware already tapped someone to be Joe's replacement in the Senate when he officially resigns to become Vice President (and President of the Senate)

    November 4, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. kelvin

    here is the biginning of the landslide which john king and co have refused to disclose to the republicrats.

    November 4, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. southern girl

    Its time for change. I have not gained nothing like did when clinton was in office. I really think as a whole the USA is ready for someone who cares about us who work hard early day GO OBAMA! He was sent for change to come!

    November 4, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. lance cesare

    macain for life

    November 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. kenny

    So what happens if Joe Biden wins the vice-presidency AND his senate seat?

    November 4, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. republican voting for obama

    thanks joe.
    you will be a good vp.

    as for mcbush, his biggest mistake was palin around with sarah.

    what was he thinking. he is going senile.

    go obama

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. kathy

    I watched the news coverage of his voting. I was touched by the attention and constant respect he has for hi mother.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Bearsfanintexas

    GOBAMA!!! I cannot wait to see the day that Texas becomes a BLUE state!! Until then – Democrats get out there and turn this state BLUE!

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Noah

    He probabaly wrote Hillary Clinton in. This guy is so dumb.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. stephen holton

    I have read some of these comments that come before mine and I wonder how these people have gotten this far on their vocabulary. My hat is off to both who run for this very prestigous office. I will say, that I too, am glad that most americans can put aside the color of skin for this election, as we all should in the future elections to come. I want to divulge, that my vote is with Mr. Obama. For Mr. McCain, it is not your time. We as a country need to stop these last 8 years from continuing, and let a new era start.

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. blerina

    i hope you win because you're the best!

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Jules

    Canada 4 Obama/Biden08....God bless the USA

    November 4, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Anonymous


    bob, where the hell do you get your information?

    the republicans started doing that in the bush election by using names of people in jails across the country.

    check your sources bob i fear you are severely misinformed.

    November 4, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Michael

    To 47yo male for McCain:

    Yet this used car salesman was deemed capable to be the chairman of both the judiciary committee and the foreign relations committee. Go figure.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Noah

    I am waiting for CNN to post on its front page the news that Sarah Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the Troopergate investigation. You liberals trashed her and made sure that Troopergate was on the front page of every liberal website when it looked like she may have done something wrong, and now that it has been proven she did NOTHING wrong, you cannot find the story anywhere. It has become such a sad state of affairs. Liberals are working overtime to ruin this country.

    November 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Michael in Houston

    Joe I will be pround to call you my Vice President.

    Go Obama

    November 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. ebmm


    November 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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