Videos: Say, why is Joe Biden back in Ohio?

posted at 3:01 pm on November 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Does David Axelrod check in with his own campaign?  When told of news that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would campaign in Ohio today rather than retire to hotel rooms for Election Day, Axelrod told a Colorado news station that it showed a lack of confidence bordering on desperation to hold events as voters go to the polls in swing states (emphasis mine):

Well, he’s also sending satellite feeds, like this one into battleground states. Partly we didn’t want to detract assets from the get out the vote efforts. Anytime you bring the President to an area where there’s volunteer strength and staff strength that you need to devote to that. We’d rather have them working on the get out the vote efforts. I can’t speak for our opponents and why they don’t think that’s important, but I suspect they feel like they’re in some degree of trouble and therefore they want to get their candidate out there for some frantic last- minute appeal.

Shortly thereafter, this came across Twitter from CNN’s Jim Acosta:

Stephanie Cutter explained to Fox News that Sheriff Joe was arriving just to check on whether there was enough paper in the printer at campaign HQ, or something:

FOX NEWS’ JENNA LEE: “What’s the deal with Joe Biden going to Ohio? Why did you decide to send him?”

STEPHANIE CUTTER: “Well, just one last stop to make sure that everything is in order, everything is set. Ohio, obviously, is incredibly important for either candidate’s prospects, and we feel good about where we are. So the vice president wanted to make one last stop on his way to Chicago, so it should be a pretty good event.”

LEE: “And when did you decide to make that stop?”

CUTTER: “Uh, when did we decide to make that stop? Well, this is…”

LEE: “Is this in reaction to Mitt Romney going, or did you decide to go regardless of that?”

CUTTER: “We had decided a couple of days ago, but this type of stop is called an off-the-record stop so we don’t have to interrupt traffic, we don’t have to interrupt people trying to go vote. It’s just a quick unplanned, unannounced stop to reach a couple of voters. So I wish I could see that picture of the two planes on the tarmac because that sums up what is going on today. Everybody’s competing for these last votes.”

Lee also spoke to Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch, who suspects that Axelrod might be right — but that it’s Democrats who are worried:

LEE: “Joe Vardon is a political reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and he joins us now on the phone. Joe, let’s talk a little bit about these two last-minute visits, one by Romney’s team and one by Biden, obviously, the president’s team. What do you make of those last-minute visits?”

VARDON: “Well, you know, yesterday privately the Obama campaign was talking to me about how this is a sign of panic from the Romney campaign, ‘silly,’ those sorts of things, and low and behold the vice president stops in the Cleveland unannounced. You know, we’ve been talking all week about making moves from positions of strength, and you could say that the jeep ad that Romney ran in Ohio would not seem to have been run from a position of strength. This last-second move makes you wonder on the Obama campaign side if some of the polling and some of the early vote numbers they thought may have skewed the election their way early on.”

I’d say everyone’s worried about Ohio — and that no one wants to rest until the polls close.  That sounds like pretty good campaign strategy, too.

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He’s just there for fun don’t ya know they’ve got this whole thing locked down?

Northwoods on November 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

how do you spell des per a tion?

audiotom on November 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Oiho won’t matter in the end.

BOOM!

RedNewEnglander on November 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Because Pennsylvania’s tired of him?

Mr. D on November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

How about banning serial liar Libfreeordie (again).

rayra on November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I’d say everyone’s worried about Ohio — and that no one wants to rest until the polls close. That sounds like pretty good campaign strategy, too.

Isn’t Obama playing basketball right now? And it’s only mid-afternoon!

Waggoner on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

He forgot his pants there.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The funny thing is they told him they were sending him to Minnesota to insure he’d tell the audience he was in OIHO.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Axe: “I suspect they feel like they’re in some degree of trouble and therefore they want to get their candidate out there for some frantic last- minute appeal.”

Biden: “HELLO CLEVELAND!”

forest on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

HELLLLLLLLO Des Moines!

NoDonkey on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Joe gathered up the excess Al Franken votes and wants to “redistribute” them

audiotom on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Sure looking “forward” to less of Axel.

Marcola on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Romney and Ryan went to Ohio. Biden went to Ohio.

Obama will be going to Oiho, instead.

The Rogue Tomato on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

…checking out mental instituitions for self commitment purposes?

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

That’s really smart…trot out Joe Biden right after Mitt. Who is THAT supposed to impress?

MikeinPRCA on November 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Well president Romney asked me to come to Ohio to campaign for him?
L

letget on November 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Come on, let’s be fair. he could have been trying to visit illinois, indiana or pennsylvania. sometimes the veep has issues with geography.

earlgrey133 on November 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Lemme see if I get this. On election day, The Emperor Zero orders crazy uncle Joe to Ohio?

What could go wrong?

dogsoldier on November 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Isn’t Obama playing basketball right now? And it’s only mid-afternoon!

Waggoner on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

yes, while ny and nj suffer

audiotom on November 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Come on, let’s be fair. he could have been trying to visit illinois, indiana or pennsylvania. sometimes the veep has issues with geography.

earlgrey133 on November 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

and math, and manners.

dogsoldier on November 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

“A little cool here in Florida, y’all”

runner on November 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Couldn’t Bidenopoulous call his thugs on their Aaauuubbaaayymay faaaunss ?

burrata on November 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

He forgot his pants there.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

ROARING IN LAUGHTER!

First stop… biker chick!

dominigan on November 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

It is getting difficult to spin the spin.

STL_Vet on November 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Isn’t Obama playing basketball right now? And it’s only mid-afternoon!

As I texted to Mrs Crazy Legs – he thinks he’s Air Barack. I only hope that we give him as much time to play pickup hoops as he wants without the annoying interruptions of a job.

crazy_legs on November 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Steff Cutter and Joe Biden are always required to open “cans of whoop ass” with their enormous buck teeth.

nitzsche on November 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

They sent Joe Biden to Ohio because…they want Romney to win in Ohio?

CrustyB on November 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

oh, I know, he wants Romney’s autograph

runner on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

This is really an act of desperation from team Obama! The optics here are really bad, Why not send in Obama?

jjnco73 on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

dogsoldier ,the dogs of the worlddare so embarrassed by your inane comments they want you to quit using their name as part of your title …

U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I think I found some earlier tape of Axelrod…

… For your election day viewing.

Enjoy…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’m not sure Ohio would appreciate Biden given them the whole load. They have enough problems.

STL_Vet on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Biden: “HELLO CLEVELAND!”

Way too easy to imagine Biden lost underneath a stage.

crazy_legs on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’d say everyone’s worried about Ohio — and that no one wants to rest until the polls close

…except the lawyers, who are just getting started!

I live in Ohio and am hoping for a margin of victory so large that not even the lawyers can manufacture enough swing votes…

dominigan on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

He forgot his pants there.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

LOL.

The Hangover

The Election

Biden wakes up the morning after, and tries to find out where his pants are, why he has a tattoo, and why he is wearing a Hawaiian grass skirt.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Isn’t Obama playing basketball right now? And it’s only mid-afternoon!

Waggoner on November 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM
yes, while ny and nj suffer

audiotom on November 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

He’s not just sitting on his laurels. Code Pink got a private secret briefing from our Ambassador to Pakistan.

Haters.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Biden is going to go squeeze some thighs at Rudy’s Hot Dog.

nitzsche on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

OT:

UN poll-watchers ‘amazed’ US doesn’t require ID’s to vote…

via drudge

join the club….

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Joltin’ Joe has to remind his supporters to get out and vote TOMORROW! So they don’t get “buried” in Romney votes…

Steve Z on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sean Hannity about five minutes ago.

“This is the day we live for, that our soldiers died for”.

Go vote. Make it count.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If you thought you were in trouble in Ohio, would you send Biden?

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Obama was supposed to go, but that time honored tradition of blowing off the voters and playing some hoops was more important.

Honestly, if Obama is not willing to make the effort, why should the voters.

Jabberwock on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Code Pink got a private secret briefing from our Ambassador to Pakistan.

Haters.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

This, and the CBS “oops we just found our missing footage on the Benghazi interview!” These should be lead stories. The liberal media must be overthrown.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

In chess, if you move a pawn, your opponent moves his checkers. What?

jjnco73 on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

How about banning serial liar Libfreeordie (again).

rayra on November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

…he banned himself!…but… you know how liberals are!

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Axelrod makes Columbo look like a fashion plate.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Don’t blame Sheriff Joe, he thinks he’s in Florida.

NapaConservative on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Sing this for us…in your whiny, pathetic little loser troll voice.

I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes
And make it go away
How long…
How long did we sing this song
Mmmm mmmmm mmmmmm
How long, how long…
’cause tonight…Obama is done
Tonight…

Broken bottles under the moocher’s feet
Bodies strewn across the benghazi street
But Obama didn’t heed the battle call
And It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall

Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday
Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday
Tuesday, Bloody Tuesday

Oh and Bono called..said to stop using the bands name in your moniker..you’re embarrassing even by libtard standards.

HumpBot Salvation on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Say, why is Joe Biden back in Ohio?

Romney is there cuz he’s “desperate” /sarc

Joe is there cuz they told him to go to IOWA

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

UN poll-watchers ‘amazed’ US doesn’t require ID’s to vote…

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

They may as well vote, since they’re there.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Biden’s getting a head start on his 2016 campaign?

ziggyville on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Except in 2008… When 53% fell for it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I bet Biden told the pilot to honk his horn when Binen’s plane passed Romney’s.

“What,” said the Veep, “Planes don’t have horns?”

Grace_is_sufficient on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

You sons o’ guns- by the time I got to bottom of this thread -hold on, I gotta wipe some tears- every joke I could think of had been cracked better than I could deliver.

sniff, wipe tear…good times

M240H on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Sheriff Joehio!

hillsoftx on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The campaign is just keeping Slow Joe hidden on Election Day.
No one would expect them to send him to Ohio.

Droopy on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-lombardo/election-monitor-sandy-he_b_2081881.html

Maybe a little O/T, but the above link on the Huffington Post shows an analysis by Steve Lombardo, who noticed that most state polls are over-sampling Democrats and that Romney is winning Independent voters, and is predicting that Romney will win FL, NC, VA, OH, WI, and CO, and the Presidency with 285 Electoral Votes.

If they’re having doubts at the Huffington Post, this could be a GREAT sign for Romney/Ryan!

Steve Z on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

He shouldn’t have taken that left turn at Albuequerque.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’d say everyone’s worried about Ohio — and that no one wants to rest until the polls close. That sounds like pretty good campaign strategy, too.

I think at this point, people are pretty burned out by all the politicking, especially in Ohio, which has been a ground-zero battleground state.

A visit by some long winded a-hole like Biden can actually work against them at this point. And I hope it does.

UltimateBob on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

If you thought you were in trouble in Ohio, would you send Biden?

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Nope. I’m nervous.

mrscullen on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Biden wakes up the morning after, and tries to find out where his pants are, why he has a tattoo, and why he is wearing a Hawaiian grass skirt.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Ummm, actually, I suspect that Joe believes that is the normal way to wake up… o_O

SWalker on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

HumpBot Salvation on November 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

TROLLCOT!!

dogsoldier on November 6, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If you thought you were in trouble in Ohio, would you send Biden?

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Well no. But that’s why I’m not a Democrat.

Lily on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

heh

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

If you thought you were in trouble in Ohio, would you send Biden?

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Course not. I’d sent him to Oiho.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Except in 2008… When 53% fell for it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

6% got wise, ’cause now only 47% are stuck on stupid.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Cindy Mumford you expose your lack of intelligence with each post you offer … Vice President Biden is one of the best retail campaigners in American political history …there is a reason the first state of America sent him back to the Senate for over 30 years knocking off a Repub incumbent when he was barely out of his twenties ..

U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

lol

what a maroon

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

It’s just wrong, somehow, that a couple of states hold the future of this country in their figurative hands. The rest of us deserve better than to be held hostage by dimwits.

natasha333 on November 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If you thought you were in trouble in Ohio, would you send Biden?

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

They won’t get Obama of the b-ball court today. So it’s either Biden or Clinton.

HumpBot Salvation on November 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If brains were dynamite, Biden couldn’t blow his nose.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The liberal media must be overthrown.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

That fight starts tomorrow.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

There are some amazing pics on twitter of thousands of people packing in a parking garage in Pittsburgh where Romney’s plane landed. Simply incredible.

RepublicanInMA on November 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Sometimes I want to move to Ohio just to be able to vote there and help Republican nominees.

Then I realize I could just register myself, my dogs, my family and friends to a street corner in Cleveland and as long as I register Democrat, I won’t get checked and could vote absentee!

Jocelyn on November 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

If anyone knows, what was the deal with the early numbers reported from Oiho. Real or an accidental test page with made up numbers?

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Was just over at fivethirtyeight blog and the people over there seem to think this thing is in the bag for Obama. I find it crazy that there is such a large disparity between the two opposing sides. Silver is predicting Obama at 90%. I sure hope he gets to eat some crow tonight.

Meat Fighter on November 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Videos: Say, why is Joe Biden back in Ohio?

…he got some little blue pills he hadn’t used…and didn’t he like that biker chick?

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Test data.

wargamer6 on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Say, why is Joe Biden back in Ohio?

Comic relief.

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

there is a reason the first state of America sent him back to the Senate for over 30 years knocking off a Repub incumbent when he was barely out of his twenties ..

U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Yup, because they sold their souls for the State tit. They gave up their desire for liberty, and put their lips squarely on the State nipple.

Now, FO – and keep sucking.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

How about banning serial liar Libfreeordie (again).
rayra on November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

How about trollcott! Just do it. Ignore the trolls!

TROLLCOTT!!!

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

UN poll-watchers ‘amazed’ US doesn’t require ID’s to vote…

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

They may as well vote, since they’re there.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

They voted… and got some foodstamps… and in-state tuition… and some section 8 housing assistance…

M240H on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Obama was supposed to go, but that time honored tradition of blowing off the voters and playing some hoops was more important.

Honestly, if Obama is not willing to make the effort, why should the voters.

Jabberwock on November 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I am surprised he didn’t fit in a round of golf.

Animal60 on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I bet the people on Staten Island take great comfort in this…

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

M240H on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

:)

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

They gave up their desire for liberty, and put their lips squarely on the State nipple.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I am not sure it’s a nipple, chap.

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Vice President Biden is one of the best retail campaigners in American political history
U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Yeah, him AND the soon to be X POTUS. Biden is the comic relief.

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Poor guys!

This is hilarious!!!

When someone is willing to make a fool of themselves like Azle did, you know they are desperate.

avagreen on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

why, please tell me why, we have to see another mug shot of axelfraud. I can’t wait quit enough for their downfall

no pics of obami, mouchelle, crazy joe, dws, gibbs, carney,and that red headed creepy campaign guy

keep the pics coming of Holder, he looks good in orange

audiotom on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Steve Z on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I would pay to watch a mass suicide on camera over at MSNBC. I will DVR it.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Cindy Mumford you expose your lack of intelligence with each post you offer …

U2denver on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

You’re pathetic u2denver.

You’re just but hurt because the GOP kicked Obama’s but in Early Voting totals, which is the death toll of Colorado Going Red.

Go find a quiet place to cry.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I am not sure it’s a nipple, chap.

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Well, sometimes my posts just don’t make it past censorship. So, I took the high road – this time.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The idea that one more visit, just one mind you, from Joe Biden or anyone else for that matter will unleash those who feel they’ve been short-changed on the number of visits already made is just laughable.

“Joe, hop in AF2 and get out to Ohio. There are large numbers of Obama voters who won’t vote unless we give them one more campaign event…hurry!”

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

You don’t send in Biden, you send in Obama. You know, the one running for re-election! Bad Optics!

jjnco73 on November 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

6% got wise, ’cause now only 47% are stuck on stupid.

John the Libertarian on November 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Never forget this quote:

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Obama: Dammit! Joes got the plane again!

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Was just over at fivethirtyeight blog and the people over there seem to think this thing is in the bag for Obama. I find it crazy that there is such a large disparity between the two opposing sides. Silver is predicting Obama at 90%. I sure hope he gets to eat some crow tonight.

Meat Fighter on November 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

This the most fascinating part of the election to me. Both sides are 100% convinced that they are going to win. And I remember lurking here in 08 when pretty much everyone had conceded defeat before election. One side is going to be completely shocked tonight. Let’s hope we see the tears flowing on MSNBC in about 8 hours.

RepublicanInMA on November 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

There it is! Thread(joke)winner!
(you wascally wabbit!)

Jack Slade on November 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

THAT is scary

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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