November 6th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden makes surprise stop in Ohio

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign plane and Air Force Two, which carries the vice president, crossed paths at a Cleveland airport Tuesday morning after Joe Biden made a previously-unannounced but long scheduled stop in Ohio, according to pool reports.

Biden was en route from Delaware, where he voted Tuesday morning, to Chicago to join the president in an election night watch party.

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The vice president descended the plane's steps at 11:49 a.m. ET, with the Romney campaign plane a couple hundred yards away. The plane for Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, was also landing as Biden's motorcade began rolling on the tarmac.

Around 12:15 p.m. ET, Biden arrived at Landmark Restaurant for a campaign stop, where he greeted and took photos with supporters.

One woman asked if he had plans to run for president in 2016.

"Oh, I'm going to go back home and run for county council," he said, drawing laughs. Another women stood up and shouted that Biden had her vote. Earlier Tuesday, he hinted that he could appear on a future ballot.

The vice president was also asked if he saw the Romney and Ryan planes on the tarmac, but Biden's answer was unclear

"They told me they were going to–," Biden said, cutting himself off. "I mean, when we landed they said, said they were there," Biden continued, as he posed for a photo with a supporter.

The vice president has campaigned in Ohio, a crucial battleground, more than any other state this cycle. Romney and Ryan were also in the Buckeye State for last-minute campaign stops.

Meanwhile, back at the airport, Ryan's children, nephews, and wife Janna played football on the tarmac between the two campaign planes.

– CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Critical Thinking

    I guess VP Biden heard the news....

    Romney Won Ohio's Early Vote 697,143-605,546 [Plus 91,597!!!]

    Too little and much too late.

    November 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. lnd72

    Hope Ohio goes for Romney/Ryan. We just have to wait and see now.

    November 6, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. JohnPeel

    Here is the scary thing if you're a Republican. If you can't be an election against an incumbent with an inherited economy in the shape that it is; what does that say about the challenger? What would have happened if the economy had been strong or much better?
    If you can't win in 2012 then the outlook is very bleak for the GOP in 2016. The economy will pick up whoever is elected ( all economists agree). The Tea Party will have a lot to answer for come Tuesday night!!!!!!. Irrelevancy is the word that springs to mind.

    November 6, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. tony

    This morning i voted against the most dispicable person on earth, and it feels good (myth-robmey). Obama/Biden 2012 the only sane way forward, a murderer is more trustworthy than a lier.

    November 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. JohnPeel

    Had to re-post (Typo)

    Here is the scary thing if you're a Republican. If you can't win an election against an incumbent with an inherited economy in the shape that it is; what does that say about the challenger? What would have happened if the economy had been strong or much better?
    If you can't win in 2012 then the outlook is very bleak for the GOP in 2016. The economy will pick up whoever is elected ( all economists agree). The Tea Party will have a lot to answer for come Tuesday night!!!!!!. Irrelevancy is the word that springs to mind.

    November 6, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Gigi
    Obama is the one who saved your auto industry not Romeny. He is a liar and manipulator be wise with your decision.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Taxpayers are still out $25 billion on his "won't cost the taxpayers a dime" investment in GM. So are you giving him credit for Ford's success too? But it doesn't matter. Today's message is all about accountability. And moving the nation where it needs to be. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    November 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. 2020

    critical thinking. the only thing missing is THINKING. you have not read anything right. the number you quote is a phone number.

    November 6, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. 2020

    ROMNEY and Ryan have packed up, on the ponny ride to Cayman, do you want to join them?

    November 6, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Txguy

    Critical Thinking: they have not given out early voting numbers try again.

    November 6, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. 2020

    INDI 71 – YOU CAN WAIT, yes, YOU WILL COME TO A BIG SUPRISE TONIGHT.

    The President will win Ohio by a minimum of 2%.

    Romney & Ryan packed up and on ponny ride to Cayman, you are welcome to join them.

    November 6, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. NameBruce Ellzey

    GO Democrats.

    November 6, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    It looks like Romney is going to win. The Democrats are already starting to make excuses for there lost. .

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Borderless

    I think we can all agree that having paramilitary personnel standing guard in front of polling places is not only wrong and inappropriate, it is voter intimidation. It should never happen in this country. Yet it is going on right now in Philadelphia.

    November 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Critical Thinking

    According to the data, Mitt Romney already has 697,143 votes before the polls opened a couple of hours ago, while Barack Obama only has 605,546, a difference of almost 92,000 votes. The data is time-stamped at 2:03 ET this morning, and the link on the front page of the site reads, “Early voters: How Ohio has voted.”

    November 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. RobK

    Republican election observer in Detroit threatened with gun. Chicago election judge blatantly wears Obama cap and gives voters multiple ballots. Florida polling place has large Obama poster. Democrat dirty tricks escalating.

    November 6, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Alia

    Oh really !!!! Shows they r desperate

    November 6, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "Critical Thinking" rejoiced prematurely

    I guess VP Biden heard the news....

    Romney Won Ohio's Early Vote 697,143-605,546 [Plus 91,597!!!]
    -------------–
    If Ohio Republicans reported results prior to the polls closing, then they are in for some very stiff penalties. But, we know it was just an accidental display of false and misleading information.

    November 6, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Name Paul2020

    All week I've seen the nervous look on the left.. They know the vacation is over, time for everyone to get back to work.. The lefties will be crying for a different reason in chicago tonight! Romney/Ryan

    November 6, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. An Ohioan who voted for Obama

    Nate Silver gives Obama a 90.9% chance of winning based on recent polling results. This race is not close at all.

    November 6, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Obama served Obama..

    Obama came on the political scene stricktly for self-interest...not to serve the County and its People...

    November 6, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would have hoped that Biden would have done something to secure Florida since that has more votes. If CNN's map is correct, then it would be harder for Romney to win without Florida. This isn't saying that Ohio isn't important. I have to say that it is.

    November 6, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. beevee

    it seems like a last minute desperation by the lying duo Romney and Ryan. By now the GOP should know that americans with some sense are not stupid. They kept painting president Obama as a failed president when the actual facts don't support it. The economy is on the upswing, the job market and the housing market are steadily improving inspite of the constant GOP hurldles for any thing that the president has proposed to get the country back into prosperity. Now that they know the economy will improve the GOP wants to take credit for it and desperately trying to convince people that they would do a better job. These two Pinochios should know that americans are not that stupid.

    November 6, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Logic N LA

    It would be so much more cedible if those posting could use proper words and spelling. Typos happen but if you can't read and write, I question your abilty to reason out a vote.
    Remember – we are still ALL Americans, regardless of the outcome. Instead of blaming the President ( a man fro either party) hold Congress accountable. They write the laws and budgets.

    November 6, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. No Magic Underpants

    What happened to CNN's "Electoral College Map With Polls" that they had up about an hour ago? Why did they take it down? It clearly showed Obama as the likely winner. What's going on, CNN?

    November 6, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    In other news, therapists treating Republicans across the country have dialed the WH requesting assisatnce with what is expected to be record turnout tomorrow.

    November 6, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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