November 6th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
5 years 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 (181 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    TS - Unbelievable that this is even close. After the total incompetence and failure on EVERY SINGLE front by Obama for the past 3 1/2 years, nearly 1/2 of the country still want more of him. Utter insanity.
    Half of America is more interested in voting for a person that puts on a good presidential reality show and gives them free stuff than in somebody that is a true leader with plans to address the country's problems. It is entirely possible the country votes to commit national suicide in this election and put Obama back in the Whitehouse for another 4 years of failure. The dumbing down of America by the failed union run schools will have achieved its mission.

    November 6, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Paul H

    I can't believe the desperation from the Romney campaign... sending Biden to Ohio to try swing some last minute voters to Romeny/Ryan. Unbelievable! 🙂

    November 6, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. thomas

    Thought it was going to be Big Bird pleading for his life. Thanksgiving is coming you know.

    November 6, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. ERIC

    For the first time ever, I had a problem voting in California. I live in Vista, CA where Darrell Issa is up for re-election, and people in my hispanic area are not receiving voter information or mail-in ballots ahead of the election. So, I re-registered with a party affiliation about a month before the election, and didn't receive anything. I had to go to a high school nearby to vote and cast a provisional ballot. They said other people in my neighborhood are complaining about the same issue, and why they didn't receive any voter information, voter guides, absentee voter ballots, or even a voting location on voting. I met several strangers, all democrats with the same issue. Seems like there is some kind of effort to suppress the vote either by party affililiation or more likely geographics, which in this town could be just as effective, by suppressing the vote in areas where the demographics don't favor Issa, such as hispanics and poor Americans.

    November 6, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    A shout out to Lynda/Minnesota and Dominican Mama. Let's hope this is the LAST we hear of the R/R ticket.

    Obama ALL the way.

    November 6, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Mark

    Minnesota Voter wrote:

    "This is my fourth election in Minnesota and If found it an odd coincidence that Republican candidates have always been first on the ballot. Should not there be some randomness in there or a non-partisan order (like alphabetical) ?"


    In most states, including MN, the party that lost the previous election is listed first in the current election. Check with your Secretary of State (in MN, see

    November 6, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Yeah Malory.... I didn't have to go too far to prove you don't know much. And all the profits get sent to the UK OWNED COMPANY so if you support this model then you support everything that Romney did as a private businessman. Welcome to a global economy. Something you, the Democrats and Obama just don't understand.
    I assume the part about US JOBS went over your head.

    You're too focused on the bottom line and who's collecting the company's profits. Middle class Americans want middle class jobs, not having them outsourced. The Bain model is outsourcing jobs to the lowest cost labor market, which is usually not within US borders.

    November 6, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Anne

    and Mr. Obama plays basketball.. why doesn't he go to NY and NJ to see if those affected by the storm have a place to sleep? Isn't he paid by us to do that?

    November 6, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    ERIC - For the first time ever, I had a problem voting in California. I live in Vista, CA
    Like i said.... a completely DEMOCRAT owned and run state that is nearly bankrupt. Maybe you just need to raise your state tax rates to 20% to pay for the level of government you all want? Maybe you need to complain to all the DEMOCRATS running the state?

    November 6, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Nick

    Just voted for OBAMA-BIDEN. They worked hard last four years against all odds and put the country back on track. They need to address the deficit in coming days though and I am sure they will.

    November 6, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Oregon Calling

    Sniffit LMAO!!!!!!!!! Thanks, I needed that ....

    Peace ~
    Obama / Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    truth hurts
    TS – Unbelievable that this is even close. After the total incompetence and failure on EVERY SINGLE front by Obama for the past 3 1/2 years, nearly 1/2 of the country still want more of him. Utter insanity.
    Obama/ Biden 2012 must be operating on the assumption that American voters have the attention span of a gnat.
    He dd nothing he promised and the things he did do didn't even come close to working the way they were sold. So even by his own metrics he is completely ineffective, but he goes on an attack campaign against a man who has an excellent record of success and impeccable values and some people just suck this stuff up. Obama offers no plan forward and completely avoids the record of the last 4 years. The problems he said he had solutions to in 2008 are the same or worse now. But some people ignore all of this and suck up the personal attack garbage which really amounts to nothing. It make very little sense.

    November 6, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Joe

    @Borderless where do you get your facts about Romneys job creation, from his campaign? Here are some facts from politifacts
    "We found that from December 2002 to December 2006, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states (not including the District of Columbia) in job growth. (We calculated that by using the number of jobs at the beginning and end of the period for each state to determine the percentage change and then ranking the states.) Only Ohio, Louisiana and Michigan fared worse."
    This is during the boom years and they were 47th. Maybe you should look for facts instead of being a sheep.

    November 6, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Wilson

    Should Obama be re-elected, I wonder who he is going to blame the mess he inherits on?

    November 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Ann

    voter suppression in California?!,,, wow!!... please contact your democratic officials who run the state, county and everything in California and lodge a complain. They must have thoughts Latinos have wised up to the truth and voting republican. Let them know you are still dumb sheep and I am sure you will be able to vote

    November 6, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. CBR

    Just as the government announces that housing prices rose again. OF course, there will be all sorts of good news now. Of course, the Republicans will tell us they knew things were getting better all along. IT was all campaign rhetoric!

    November 6, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. RweThereYet

    Hijack by Super Pac TV commercials, I know I will be Glad to have STOP seeing them. Can we get the Republicans to STOP trying to BRAINWASH us with Karl ROVE and his American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS ads. Hope that you lost. My candidate Ron Paul lost already , but since I am independent and I don't believe in candidates that can't reveal their taxes for the past 10 years. You know I had to vote my conscience. My conscience says Romney is HIDING something besides tax avoidance !!! If he revealed 14% then there must be something worse like paying close to zero tax in some years. All by being Born into money and then ding Chinese Reverse Mergers on our stock market and sending our jobs to China.. Of all the gall... then say you want to represent only 53% of us and you don't care about the other 47%.... we heard you. It came out of your mouth. Hope you have another 4 years to think about it too...

    November 6, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    Just voted for OBAMA-BIDEN. They worked hard last four years against all odds and put the country back on track. They need to address the deficit in coming days though and I am sure they will.
    Well if it is Obama he will address it by making the deficit even larger. If it is Romney he will make it smaller. Based on your vote it looks like you wanted it larger.

    November 6, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Joe Nails

    The Republican back room boys thought they could stonewall the American people for four years and slip back into the good ol' pocket-filling Bush era mode. Now what??

    November 6, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. mark

    For some of you, this is a vote in ethnicity, race or "See I told You So". For others, this is about doing something before we have no other options. Too many people do not believe the situation we are in now is dire, but it is. Socialism and those closest principles, has never a matter of fact, it only works until you run out of everyone else's money. Thats serious stuff. Voting should not be compromised on any front or by any party. No matter what the ramifications will be. I sure hope EVERY vote that is legal, will count and I also hope there is at least a shred of decency and honor in making sure that is accomplished.

    November 6, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Eric

    @Truth hurts:

    Time to turn off Fox 'News' and educate yourself. President Obama has accomplished a lot of positive things in 4 years despite being obstructed the entire way by Republicans. You're right that it's unbelievable that this is a close race. It's hard to believe that when conservative media outlets keep repeating nonsense about President Obama being a muslim, socialist, marxist, failure, etc. that the dumbest and most politically illiterate segment of the population will believe it, and potentially vote against their own best interests.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Gregory M. Newbold

    Imagine a Democrat who can run for President in 2016 who can say I will continue President Obama's policies of:

    A.) deficit reduction by way of higher taxes on the rich & corporations with tax relief for the middle class

    B.) America being War-less for the next 4 years while having a strong and responsive military

    C.) Americans jobs continuing to gross through increased exports to the world including China

    November 6, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. This black democrat hates Obama

    Hey John, how do you know that every single democrat in Montgomery County is voting for Obama? You're only in one city. All the rest, which are cole city's, are voting for Romney.

    November 6, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. This black democrat hates Obama

    For Disgusted. It's not!

    November 6, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. PatSJ

    Does anyone else here think that "TruthHurts" is paid by the word? Or maybe just paid by the number of lies? What an unhappy troll.

    November 6, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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