Biden smells “victory” in the air for Obama

November 2, 2008

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)


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I truly hope that victory will be achieved for Obama. America needs a way forward, a leader with intelligence, compassion, new ideas for a new world. I am a Brit from across the pond, and I am waiting with bated breath for this to come about. Gutter politics from the republican party have been shocking, Senator Palin has been very amusing, and scary at the same time. The people of America will surely see that Obama is the correct choice for their new President-a president that will give them dignity on the world stage.

Posted by Linda Barker | Report as abusive

What are the protestors protesting?
Surely they cannot want more of the last 8 years!
I used to have respect for Mc Cain until he took Palin onto the ticket-a woman who wants to take womens rights back 30 years-she is alternatly frightening and cringe making in what she doesnt know- I mean those 2 canadian DJs punked her(!)-can you imagine Biden falling for that??
We need a cool steady hand now to lead us out of this mess and Obama/Biden are the ones to do it-
Go out and vote!-particularly Ohio and Pennsylvania-how many more jobs do you have to lose due to Republican policy before you see the only hope left is Obama…

Posted by Catherine | Report as abusive

I think Joe is dreaming again.
Here is the poll that really counts. IBD/TIPP Daily Tracking Poll – Day 21 – The race tightened again Sunday as independents who’d been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates. Link: px?src=POLLTOPN – Even more importantly, is the fact that Obama has consistently been under 48% in this poll. This was the most accurate Presidential Poll in 2004.

Posted by Manny L | Report as abusive

Hmmm…based on Joe Biden’s September 23 remarks at a campaign rally now on You Tube (“American will never build another coal plant), and Obama’s more recent remarks on clean coal–acknowldging that his policies will bankrupt the coal industry–I “smell” a McCain victory in key swing states.

Posted by Stephen Gianelli | Report as abusive