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. Doug

    A critical thinker you are not! 1.,600,000 early votes cast in Ohio. 29% Dems; 23% GOP...go figure the math. Typical Republican disinflormation!

    November 6, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. judy

    give them hell Joe! Forward 2012

    November 6, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. larrygrant

    Early voting has been and will be heavily for Obama. False Republican numbers.

    Early vote has given Obama victory in Ohio if the Repubs do not steal the election like they did in 2004. Software or other things will be found out if there are any games from devil-Secretary Husted

    November 6, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Lokka

    Well.... didnt that happen when Gore lost to Bush? There is one thing deciding today's elections. How entertaining you are as a candidate? Thats all. Its a big soap. Sad!! Where is the dscerning american? Where is the educated American? Where is the hard to fool American?

    November 6, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    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.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is my fourth request to YOU for a credible link to the lies you keep posting. Yet you've failed to provide even one. If it were true you would, so just like the challenger, you're lying.

    November 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. sf

    gee I wonder why romney and ryan stopped by? maybe to steal the election and try some sneaky crap at the polling stations? i wouldn't put it passed any republican!!!

    November 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Critical Thinking - Debunked: A Cincinnati.com front-page link to a chart with dummy data, created as a design template for election results, was inadvertently posted early Tuesday morning.

    It purported to show early voting totals in Ohio counties. However, no votes have been counted yet – by law counting doesn't start until the polls close.

    -Cincinnati.com

    November 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. TonyK

    In the midst of all of this crazed energy, let me offer this: whoever loses, and the followers of the loser, will be very angry and maybe very frightened. I hope whoever is on the losing side after this election finds the equanimity and courage to continue their own vision of the good fight–without anger, without rancor, with compassion and understanding.

    November 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. ThatsRight

    RUDY NYC -> Check out the front page of FOX news ... talk about some illegal steps.... Obama-push much????

    November 6, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. sf

    romeny/ryan are probably in their stupid plane acting as if this is some wonderful idea *rolls eyes*

    November 6, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. sf

    maybe romeny's there to to airlift some jeeps to china? lol

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Bingham

    Sounds like great news and Biden can only inspire more R's to vote.

    November 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. An Ohioan who voted for Obama

    It is very telling that Romney is not even contesting MA because his record there as governor is dismal. The following facts about his jobs record in MA are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    "Under Romney, MA fell to 47th out of 50 states in job creation and the median income declined."

    "When he left office, MA's unemployment rate was higher than the national average for the first time since 1995."

    "In Romney's first 2 years, wages fell by 5% – the steepest in the nation. While the median income was on the rise, it was dropping in MA."

    "Economic growth trailed the rest of the country every year he was governor, and job growth failed to keep up with population growth, even as the reverse was true in the rest of the country."

    "He was going to be our state governor, the state's top salesman who could talk businessman to businessman and bring home those good-paying jobs. It was all bunk, of course."- Steve Bailey, Boston Globe Columnist, 2-15-06

    The fundamental question is thus this: if those who know him best (MA) do not want Romney, why should anyone else?

    November 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    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.
    ------------------
    Taxpayers are out over $80 billion to Bank of America, which is under no obligation to pay any of it back. With GM, stocks are owned. As the price rises, taxpayers will see a return on their investment.

    As for Ford, Ford would not exist as we know it if either GM or Chrysler had went under. By the way, not even Bain Capital wanted to invest in the auto industry. They took Mitt's advice. Let Detroit go through bankruptcy, as in liquidation not sructured.

    November 6, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Lokka

    I voted for Paul/Romney (in that order), because I LOVE the way Paul drank water at the debate. His elbow was hitting the ceiling, back arched like of my cat in fear, and wise-eyes and that determined tight pursed lips cried out "I want to be the boss!!!". It could not have been water he drank..... the nirvanic satisfaction he expressed made me think it should have been some ambrocia he was served. The ghekko nod of gigantic approval of its taste confirmed that it was no ordinary water!

    November 6, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    If I didn't know any better, I would swear that the Romney campaign jet is the old Trump jet with a new paint job. It would explain a LOT.

    November 6, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. julie

    @ Lokka..............maybe YOU need to stay away from the water too..lol too funny

    OBAMA 2012 the ONLYway FORWARD

    November 6, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    ...Taxpayers are out over $80 billion to Bank of America, which is under no obligation to pay any of it back. With GM, stocks are owned. As the price rises, taxpayers will see a return on their investment.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    GM officials have been trying to convince the US Treasury to sell now, but Obama/ Biden 2012 would be in a tough situation explaining a $15 billion loss taxpayers on this deal. Just hold and let someone else deal with that lousy investment I guess, huh?

    November 6, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Critical Thinking

    Yeah, I guess the released data was wrong, that is why they sent the Vice President to Ohio at very last minute. I guess that data release fooled them too.

    November 6, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No matter who the next President may be, let's pray for PEACE and LOVE of our fellow citizens and let no harm come to no one. Many Obama supporters are doing just that, so everybody please join in.

    November 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. CBP

    An Ohioan has Romney's record in MA right. Romney's main interest was using the governorship as a platform to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. Of course, he was defeated by Sen. McCain. Instead of running for a second term Mr. Romney chose to leave MA for NH and Michigan. Of course, he returned to launch his campaign from guess where, Massachusetts.

    From soup to nuts MR. Romney has exaggerated his accomplishments in MA. He touts a scholarship program to the state schools however those who receive the scholarship for tuition still have the pay the rest of the bill which amounts over $20,000. Other schools in other states offer better scholarships.

    Our schools department struggled with budgets. Prop 2-1/2 was and is in existence. That would have worked has Mr. Romney continued to pay for programs that schools were obliged to maintain. Instead he turned the payment over to the cities and towns. The result was towns and cities putting forth overrides to 2-1/2 just to pay for the programs. Our property taxes just kept going up. Those who could not keep up had to sell their homes and move. Mr. Romney never cared because his children were enrolled in a Private School. He now tells everyone how MA schools were No.1. IF he was so proud why did he sent his children to a private school which is housed in his own hometown.

    No kudos from MA citizens that is for sure.

    November 6, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Nsikan

    Close marking till it's over, no timidity. This will define how to run successful campaigns for future generations.

    November 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Rosa, b'ham al

    Half the people in Ohio have already voted. Please people lets give it a rest.

    November 6, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Critical Thinking

    Yeah, I guess the released data was wrong, that is why they sent the Vice President to Ohio at very last minute. I guess that data release fooled them too.
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    I understand that you want your candidate to win. I want min to win. However, what I don't understand is why you would purposedly try and decieve others in an attempt to keep them from voting ... just to get what you want. If this is your idea of what you want for America, I'll be the first to admit that you have a very warped ideology.

    November 6, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. 4moreyears

    @ThatsRight

    Fox is no longer a creditable news source anymore. Please come with some creditable facts and not some mumbo jumbo crap that Fox is spilling out bc we know that they are for all Republicans even if they lie cheat or steal.

    November 6, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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