VP Biden votes at A.I. duPont HS

By Mark Fowser/The Associated Press 2:48pm, November 6, 2012
VP Biden waves as he exits a voting booth after casting his ballot at A.I. duPont HS in Greenville. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Vice President Joe Biden has cast his vote in the 2012 election saying, "It's always a kick."

"I hope everybody exercises their right to vote. It's a great honor, and people are standing in line a lot of places. I encourage them to stand in line as long as you have to in order to vote," says Biden.

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President Obama's running mate says it was the eighth time he's run for election statewide. Asked if he thought it was the last time he'd vote for himself, he told reporters, "No, I don't think so," as he nodded to 2016.

Biden arrived with his wife, Jill, at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Greenville, Del., shortly after the polls opened and waited about 13 minutes. Also accompanying the vice president were his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden; Beau's wife, Hallie; and their 8-year-old daughter, Natalie.

Biden shook hands with and hugged other voters as he waited.

After he voted, he boarded a plane for an unannounced stop in Cleveland. Then he's off to Chicago, where he's joining President Obama to await the election returns.

An hour after takeoff, the small group of reporters traveling with the vice president alerted the rest of the news media that Biden had landed in the Ohio city just before noon.

The stop was described as long-scheduled but unannounced.

Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan also had scheduled Election Day stops in Cleveland at about the same time.

Ohio has become a central battleground in the presidential race.

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