Biden Motorcades to His Favorite Sandwich Chain's DC Opening

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vice President Biden loaded up his motorcade today to make the grand opening of his favorite sandwich chain in the nation's capitol. Home to what he called "the best sandwich in America," Biden traveled to nearby Capriotti's Sandwich Shop a few blocks from the White House.

The original Capriotti's traces to his home of Wilmington, Del., an establishment he's talked about frequenting in the past.

"This should end the debate about where the best sandwich in America comes from, Wilmington Delaware," a jovial Biden said to patrons and his accompanying press, adding it would "end any debate about Chicago or New York or Philadelphia."

Biden claimed he's been eating at Capriotti's for 40 years before making his selection from the menu. He walked away with a takeout of two medium "Italians," a large Italian, and a "Bobbie" for his lunch with the president. The Bobbie consists of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayonnaise. But he was a bit short on change at the cashier, and had to borrow $10 from a staffer to meet his bill of $56.25.

He also emphasized he was ordering "sub" sandwiches today, as they're called in Delaware, not "hoagies."

On the street he implored patrons and onlookers of the eatery to try the place, as the colorful mascots of the Washington Nationals baseball team goofed off in the background. Large platters of sandwiches were also seen going to the Secret Service.

In between his praise of meat betwixt bread, traveling press asked the vice president whether he supported Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's pursuit of a change to rules in congress today, the so-called "nuclear option" to remove the voting threshold to approve some of President Obama's blocked nominees from 60 to 51 votes, a simple majority. It would effectively neuter the minority party's power to filibuster appointees.

"Yes, I do," he said.