December 2nd, 2007
07:52 AM ET
15 years ago

Biden late to Brown and Black forum, weather to blame

Biden hit the road when his flight to Des Moines was cancelled Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrived almost an hour late Saturday night to the Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum.

"It’s a seven hour ride from Chicago," the Delaware senator said after filling the one empty chair on stage. "I apologize."

He then took a subtle jab at his opponents with bigger campaign war chests, adding, "And I don’t have a plane."

According to a Biden spokeswoman, the Delaware senator's flight from Chicago to Des Moines earlier in the day was cancelled, so he then decided to drive the roughly 300 miles.

But, according to that same staffer, the conditions "were getting bad" after about 175 miles into the trip. The spokeswoman said they were then "able to get him on a small plane."

The ice storm that's taken over much of the state for the majority of the day also forced Sen. Hillary Clinton to speak to a Des Moines crowd of community organizations by telephone, and it caused former president Bill Clinton—who was scheduled to stump for the senator—to can cancel his trip completely.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also cancelled his events for the day.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    Joe in Newark: You read? You must not have read enough, it was not a deliberate attempt to plagerise,and if you read very much, you would and I suspect you do know that. If you do not prefer Biden, fine, but don't
    try to stir 20 year old done with crapfor your reason.
    Oh, and do continue to benefit from Joe's representation of our great stateand country.

    December 3, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. DB, NY, NY

    As I read the first few posts I though, "Those of you critical of JB are clearly not very bright. Biden is by far our smartest voice. To the rest of the bloggers, I am originally from Maryland and would like to apologize for these uninformed comments. Maybe they prefer HC and all of her republican money." Then I read the more recent posts – Thank God there are still some thoughtful voters out there. BIDEN 08!!!! ps. someone get JB to go after J. Tester and J. Webb for endorsements.

    December 4, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    After Iowa, all the parasites like Joe Biden will be gone, back to that liberal rat nest called New England

    December 4, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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