Biden smells “victory” in the air for Obama
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Just two days before the U.S. presidential election, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden smells victory for Barack Obama.
Speaking at Florida State University in Tallahassee, his first in a three-stop swing through the battleground state of Florida on Sunday, Biden pointed to a dramatic bronze statue entitled “Unconquered” outside the university’s stadium.
“This is a great place to have this rally in front of the ‘Seminole Unconquered’. I tell you, I don’t think you ever approach this stadium without smelling victory in the air,” Biden said.
The statue depicts a spear-brandishing Seminole Indian astride a rearing horse and was designed to “capture the indomitable spirit” of the Seminole people, says the university’s website.
With polls showing Obama ahead of Republican John McCain, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson was also in an upbeat mood when he introduced Biden.
“Do you smell victory in the air?,” Nelson said. “I suspect on Tuesday night we are going to be singing ‘happy days are here again’,” he told about 2,000 enthusiastic supporters.
A small group of protesters shouted anti-Obama slogans on the outskirts of the rally and Biden had a message for them and other McCain supporters who were criticizing Obama.
“Not only will we, but they in the parking lot (the protesters), they will be calling Barack Obama something else. They will call him President Obama — President Barack Obama, commander-in-chief of the United States of America.”
Biden, who became a senator in 1972, poked fun at a skit on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend when McCain tried to sell a talking doll in the image of the Delaware senator.
“I was told by one of my staff guys that I gotta get a Biden pull doll,” he said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Biden and Obama campaign in Florida)