Oh, That Joe! (No. 22 in a Series) — Biden and the “Real” Hockey Mom

Sep 28, 2008 3:03pm

This coming Thursday night in St. Louis, Mo., Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., will do battle with hockey mom and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in their first and only vice-presidential debate.

But in Hockeytown, USA, Sunday, Biden found a "real hockey mom" when he was introduced by Denise Ilitch, former president of Ilitch Holdings, which manages the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

"There’s been an awful lot of talk, at least in my territory, about hockey moms this election," Biden said at a rally in downtown Detroit. "Well, you just heard from the first lady of hockey, Denise. That’s a real hockey mom."

Following her introduction, Ilitch presented Red Wings jerseys to Biden and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and their wives, Jill and Michelle, respectively.

"Thanks for the jerseys," Biden said. "You know, I love being here in a city where you call your athletic arena, ‘The Joe’," said avid sports fan Biden of the Red Wings’ Joe Louis Arena. "I like that. I like that a lot."

The Motor City crowd — 28,000-strong — roared its approval, as the loquacious Blue Hen continued with the sports references, bragging that if Friday’s debate between Obama and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had been a boxing match in Detroit, the Democrat would have been the clear victor.

"If last Friday night’s debate had taken place in the Joe Louis Arena," Biden continued. "It would have been a unanimous decision."

Minutes later, the crowd started a loud, "Lets’ go Joe!" chant, prompting Biden to step away from the podium and pause momentarily and bask in the Motown lovin’.

– Matt Jaffe and Jake Tapper

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