August 21st, 2012
02:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden to be in Tampa during Republican National Convention

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden has plans to be in Tampa during the Republican National Convention next week, the Obama campaign said Tuesday.

Biden has events in Tampa and in other cities next Monday and Tuesday, the campaign said.

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In addition, "a strong bench" of surrogates will be in the Tampa area as well.

While visiting a Minneapolis high school Tuesday afternoon, Biden seemed to embrace his role in Tampa turning to reporters traveling with him, "Who's going to Florida with me? Any of you going to be in Florida?

"Well I'm the speaker at the convention," he continued to laughs. "I'm going to be down there."

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney have engaged in aggressive "bracketing" strategies this year, such as surrogates holding events which coincide with their opponents' events.

Obama and Biden will accept the Democratic nomination the following week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

– CNN's Jim Acosta and Shannon Travis contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Joe Biden • Republican National Convention
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. THE truth

    ...Dressed in a clown suit.

    August 21, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    @The truth – Because the Circus (RNC) is in town!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    August 21, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Please think before you speak. Seriously, try this.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. kayla

    better to be in a clown suit, than a joker

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. demwit

    Joe is a great president in waiting, much better than Hillary..

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    The only problem is that he was told to go to Walla Walla, Wahington.

    August 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. bb

    Oblunders throwing him to the wolfs i really look forward to the debates, ill bet 3 to 1 biden wont show, hes the best safety net Oblameo could come up with. I heard him talk 6 to 7 months ago and told the crowd if they didnt pass this bill people were going to get raped, literally, i dont know why this didnt make it on the news. and he is a vp what a lameo excuse for an admin . OBlunder/Biden = FAIL lets talk JOBS u 2 bozos

    August 21, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Chumlee

    Go Joe! Get down. Get dirty. Tell the truth as you always have. The GOP liars, frauds, tax cheats, anti-women, anti-people need their asses kicked. You can do it Joe. Do it!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Indie in VA

    The hilarious thing is that every time Biden speaks, the Republicans completely lose their train of thought as they go hurky-jerky to attack whatever he says. He may not make a lot of sense, but that's not what he's there for.

    August 21, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. UNCHAIN Joe Biden and Let Him OUT of the Closet!!!

    Biden has made a gaffe in every state in the Union, except Florida. Before leaving office in January, he needs to complete the sweep.

    August 21, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. WiredweirdinSF

    Unbelievably bad taste, but what else can you expect. Perhaps Romney or Ryan can show up in Charlotte, or make some major announcement during the Democrat Liberal National Convention. This White House really lowers the dignity and taste of the presidency.

    August 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. PJ

    The Repugnants will eat, drink and be merry, but for goodness sake, keep your clothes on and stay away from
    big puddles of water!

    August 21, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Can't wait to see the big Trump Reveal, his really big surprise.
    and Ron Paul is coming with delegates in tow.
    And when the bus pulls up to drop of the Sheriff of Nothingham and his sidekick Eddie Munster. The bus logo says Robmey stands for the middle class, no mention at all of the poor people. immigrants, women, LGBT, and Veterans.
    It's a very short list that Robmey supports. He is the Sheriff of Nothingham because he plans to steal from the poor and give it to himself and his fat cat friends.

    August 21, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Dave Harris

    Joe might find somewhere else to be than Tampa next Monday. There's a big nasty storm coming, aside from the Republican convention, that is.

    August 21, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. sam

    What a buffoon!!!

    We don't want Joe in Tampa!!!!!

    August 21, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Solus5

    GREAT!! I hope he speaks again before the convention... New gafs are always welcome..

    August 21, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Steve- Illinois

    The GOP convention planners just cancelled the scheduled entertainment for Monday, and Tuesday, no act can follow Biden for entertainment value! I wonder if he'll know he's in Florida?

    August 21, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. gord

    republicans will create 12 millions jobs–what it means is corp.will rehire all the people they laidoff the day obama was elected

    August 21, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. George Cook

    I GUESS that tells you ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW about Mr Biden? Is He SPYING ON THE GOP

    August 21, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. George Cook

    OR Maybe he is just "MIXED UP" in terms of WHICH Political Party Affiliation he really has? LaLaLa Land Joe?

    August 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. George Cook

    Gee I hope former Democratic Rep WEINER-Gate doesnt show up at the wrong Convention....looking for a new MATE?

    August 21, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |