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. John Abdul Shakir

    Iam a disable veteran Of the Armed forces of the United States of America. The Policies that the democrats are cayyring out is an extension of the Roosevelt Era and may God bless them to acheive their Goals for the American People. I know veterans of vietnam era that had been trying to get their benifits from VA for forty years without any results until President Obama took Office the President is for all the Poor people, the veterans and the Middle class as well. However, he is not for Romney and his wealthy buddies.

    November 6, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    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?
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    Good Grief. You're criticizing the administration for NOT selling their stock at a loss. Heck, we spent more on Blackwater.

    Meanwhile, you don't care that Bank of America walked with $80 billion [BofA alone, other banks were paid off, too] and is under no written obligation to pay it any of it back. None of the TARP money was required to be paid back.

    November 6, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    More information for you dems to ignore...."The early voting in the Obama counties is down more than 298,000 versus 2008."

    November 6, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. CBP

    Once again we will have an election where voters will be turned away from the polls or will not have their ballots counted. The problems in Ohio and Florida are man-made. Unfortunately, both problems are attributed to Republicans, the party that tells us how bad other countries are at handling elections. It is now time to have outside observers in these states. Surely, those involved need to go through the courts to get the situation changed. Regardless who wins, we as a nation need to stop this nonsense and need to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to vote. We need to make our voices heard. No one politician has the right to make decisions that deny people the right to vote.

    November 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Joanne PhD

    America 16 Trillion plus in debt – 23 Million Unemployed – and people actually think this is OK? No matter what you say...Romney HAS proved himself to be able to turn America around with his business background and his ability to work with both sides in his Legislature – and Ryan has an excellent record with Finance – that is why Dems and Rep in Congress voted for him to be Chairman of the Finance Committee....Remember it came right out of Obama's mouth in his last "Hollywood Tour" on Letterman..."My Worst Subject in School Was Math"...AND Obama NEVER had ANY business or Finance background – he was A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (Acorn Affiliate) before he was put into office...this election is NOT about being Democratic or Republican or Independent..it is about the future of America – and what we leave our children and grandchildren....freedoms....or Trillions of Trillions of dollars in debt – that will eventually crush and weaken America.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    November 6, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Nico

    Maybe he'll retract that blatant lie about Chrysler...er, maybe not. So much for "OBAMA" picking winners and losers. Seems Mitt's not so big on Chrysler. He needs something bigger to throw his dog on top of. Flip Flomney 2012

    November 6, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. 2016 Prediction

    Biden has ambitions to run in 2016 ~ you don't have to be psychic to know that little detail. But let me fill in a little more in for you at this early juncture ~ it will be a slam dunk ~ but not for Biden. Romney will get a second term.

    November 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Paul DLsup

    Voting machine changed my vote from Romney to Obama this morning.... very suspect.... Check your votes!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Yanni

    Joe is a beloved son of this nation because he is full of good, decency and integrity. Everywhere he showed up it is a blessing to have a leader like him.

    November 6, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. tman

    Time for grown ups to stop all this false information and lies from both sides.
    Do you even read the hatred you print?
    Look at your comments and you see why we are in so much trouble today.
    Both the left and right are controlled by extremes. If we follow Obama we become Spain, if we follow Mitt we become spain but slower. Lesser of evils may be how to vote(not saying either man is evil-I think both are good men but over their heads, but rather that both are bad choices since they believe government can fix the problems it created)

    November 6, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    The final day! Nate Silver's has the President's chances at 90.9% for winning the electoral vote, and 50.8% for winning the popular - but irrelevant - vote. Intrade has the President ranging between 69-73% with very heavy trading. Foward!

    November 6, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    2016 Prediction

    it will be a slam dunk ~ but not for Biden. Romney will get a second term.

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

    Time to change the batteries in your crystal ball. mittens isn't even going to get a FIRST term!

    November 6, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. SC from Canada

    What I find incredibly scary is that the race is close at all.

    I was watching the last rebate and kept thinking – that's not what Romney said before.... and then the whole women thing, he has changed his position so many times on so many things to do with women, I'm not sure what he believes.

    He seems to say what he needs to say to the audience in front of him at the time.

    With Obama – you know exactly where he stands, he doesn't waiver. The problem is the right wing nuts in the house who decided that they were going to oppose everything.

    It is so shameful. I feel sorry for moderate Republicans who get painted with this brush.

    Let's hope Obama gets in because if Romney gets in, we are a little worried here in Canada as we already have a right wing federal government who will be rubbing his hands in glee....partners in crime....

    November 6, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    The Pinellas County Florida supervisor of elections is guilty of voter fraud. She robo called citizens this morning and advised them they have until WEDNESDAY to vote. If the sherrif wasn't a rick scott-appointed useful idiot, he'd arrest her.

    November 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. abmri60

    Voting machines in PA will not let me vote for Obama ..... What is going on ??

    November 6, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Romney is NOT My Hero

    @2020 – ROMNEY and Ryan have packed up, on the pony ride to Cayman, do you want to join them?

    ----------------------–

    Well that $70K horse is finally good for something after all. I can see horse-Mitt and Lying Ryan riding off together with Raggedy Ann trying to run behind them. ROFLMAO.

    OBAMA 2012!!!!

    November 6, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Stop the presses!...is that a JEEP parked by U2's plane?

    November 6, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Observer

    I thought that liberals and democrats were the ones who got high, but from what I read here its those on the republican side and by what their saying they must be smoking some of the best weed ever, hey republicans help a fellow Canadian down on his luck will ya.

    All I can is don't stop smokin that sh*t till tomorrow though, you want to come down to reality for at least 24 hours after the election, or was it don't swim for an hour after you eat. What ever it is enjoy your dreams, tomorrow is a new day and the first one in President Barak Obama's next four years, na na na na na, another day in paradise.

    Trust in the Force Mr. Obama

    November 6, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Expat American

    SC from Canada
    What I find incredibly scary is that the race is close at all.
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    Many others abroad (not in the military) are utterly gobsmacked at how close this race is.

    If the American election was held globally, Romney's campaign would have been destroyed 6 months ago.

    November 6, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Ready

    Maybe Joe is gonna cry too! Boo hoo hoo, please vote for me!!

    November 6, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. clarke

    I agree with sc from Canada

    November 6, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. The whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military

    November 6, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Jane Smith

    Use common sense, Romney Ryan economic plan is mathematically flawed. It just does not add-up. The only real sense is to vote for Obama. Anyone with any decency or responsibility towards America will vote for Obama.

    November 6, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Lionel

    Why is Ryan's children playing between the planes isn't that dangerous? Oh, send in the Chrysler Jeep to the rescue.

    On ward, Forward... Obama / Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Mike

    Joe Biden is a great Vice-President, and it's amazing to see him serve with such poise as a public servant. Get out and vote folks - let your voice be heard - and vote to move the country forward!

    Obama 2012

    November 6, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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