ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Monday started his final day on the campaign trail, a battleground blitz of four rallies in three states, counting down the hours until he and the man at the top of the Democratic ticket, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., could be elected to the Oval Office and bring the nation "a new brand of American leadership."
“37 more hours!” said the Democratic vice-presidential nominee when he took the stage in Missouri. “37 more hours!”
Before a loud, lively crowd of 1,200 here in Lee’s Summit, Biden gave Show-Me State supporters a glimpse into the future.
“I understand that this town’s name comes from the fact that it’s the highest point between Kansas City and St. Louis,” Biden said. “And from this vantage point, you get a pretty good view. And there’s one thing I can see clearly, see very clearly — it is change is on the way.”
“For too many families, people who played by the rules, the American dream is literally, they see it slipping from their grasp,” Biden said minutes later. “And ladies and gentlemen, that’s why I believe with a greater degree of confidence than I’ve ever had before that we are on the cusp of a new brand of American leadership because that’s what we need, a new brand of American leadership.”
“Because folks, if we want to answer all those questions being raised around that kitchen table, we need to get out and elect Barack Obama president of the United States tomorrow!” he urged supporters, who immediately launched into a chant of “Yes we can!”
If Missouri voters deliver for the Democrats on Election Day, Biden said, come tomorrow night, their Republican rivals’ attacks will be a thing of the past.
“They’re calling Barack Obama every name in the book,” noted the Delaware lawmaker. “But ladies and gentlemen, listen to me closely: tomorrow night they’ll have to call Barack Obama something else – the 44th president of the United States of America!”
Biden’s Freudian slips when referring to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have become a staple on the campaign trail and today, in his final day on the road, Biden made one more.
“In the most recent debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, John McCain felt the need to say to Barack, to the commentator and to all America that he was not John McCain,” Biden said. “Look, I know we’re not running against President… I mean he was not President Bush. Because the truth is, he’s not the John McCain I served with a long time. Freudian slip, you know.”
Biden was introduced today by his wife Jill and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, who noted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s rally today in Jefferson City, where Hank Williams Jr. will perform.
“There is a rally going on down the road in Jeff City,” McCaskill said to loud boos. “Remember what Barack says, ‘Don’t boo, just vote.’ And they got, they got a country western singer down there in Jeff City today. And on Monday night, sometimes he says, ‘Are you ready for some football?’ Here’s what I say to you – are you ready for some change?”
McCaskill then touted Obama’s running-mate selection of Biden, while blasting McCain’s Palin pick.
“Barack Obama chose the very best person in the country that could be president of the United States," she said. "And well, let’s just say John McCain didn’t.”
Biden now jets east to hit two other key battleground states today, Ohio and Pennsylvania, before spending the night at his Wilmington home. At his final rally tonight in the City of Brother Love, Biden will be joined by Jimmy Rollins, shortstop of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies.