Biden Greets Virginia Voters on Election Day

By Natalie Gewargis

Nov 4, 2008 11:32am

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: On Election Day, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., this morning greeted voters at a Richmond polling station in the critical battleground state of Virginia.

"Feeling good. Always feel good at the end of the race, but it ain’t over til it’s over, so we’re waiting til the polls close, right guys?" said the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

"Absolutely," one voter responded.

"You gonna deliver Virginia for us?" Biden then asked the crowd of about 50 people at Montrose Elementary School.

Chants of "Yes we can!" rang out as Biden, joined by his wife Jill and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, made the unannounced visit, shaking hands, signing autographs, and posing for pictures behind the ropeline.

"Did you all vote?" Biden asked one supporter.

"Yes, sir!" came the man’s reply.

"Take a picture, make me famous," Biden told another supporter, who was having a hard time snapping a photo of the Delaware lawmaker.

"This is not hard, take your time," he said.

"Nervous – we’re doing history here," the woman told him.

Moments later, Biden removed his Secret Service flag pin from his lapel to place it on a 6-year old boy.

"That’s a secret service flag," he pointed out.

"Thanks for voting," Biden later joked to two young boys no older than 12.

Another supporter asked the senator to cross the ropeline, but Biden, who voted this morning in Wilmington, said he could not do so.

"Apparently they told me not to do that because I’d be tempted to vote again, you know what I mean?" he responded.

Before leaving, Biden stopped in the parking lot to visit with first-time voter Wayne Phillips of Richmond, who suffers from sickle cell anemia. Philips, 19, was too ill to make it into the polling station, so election officials brought the voting machine out to the parking lot so he could cast his ballot.

After about 20 minutes outside the school, Biden boarded his motorcade to return to the Richmond airport and fly to Chicago, where he will spend the afternoon doing satellite interviews from the Hyatt Hotel before heading to Grant Park late tonight for his rally with the man at the top of the ticket, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill..

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