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Cub scouts get impromptu tour of Biden’s plane

November 3, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden gave a group of Cub Scouts an impromptu tour of his campaign aircraft, showing them the cockpit and handing out Halloween candy.

The young scouts, some of them wearing red plastic fireman hats, had been visiting firefighters at the airport when Biden, on a campaign swing through northern Florida, arrived with his entourage.

“Have you ever seen a big plane before, up close?,” the senator asked the boys. “You guys wanna come and see my plane? I’m gonna get in trouble but come on.”

When he introduced himself as Joe Biden, one of the boy’s said he had heard of him on television. “Yeah, I’m Barack Obama’s running mate,” replied the Delaware senator.

One by one, he took the boys into the cockpit to meet the pilot and see the controls and then posed for pictures with them.

When one of the boys pointed to candy in a basket and asked whether they were Biden’s snacks, the senator whispered, ‘You can sneak one if you want,” and then handed out the candy to the boys before leading them out.

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