Vice President Biden stokes 2016 speculation with Election Day remarks

November 6, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Mitt Romney made an Election Day campaign swing in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, Romney appeared moved by the hundreds of supporters who greeted him at the Pittsburgh airport. "That’s when you know you’re gonna win,” he said afterward. In Ohio, Romney made time to stop at Wendy's

* President Obama spent the day in Chicago, where he stopped at a campaign field office to thank workers. Obama also took time to congratulate Romney on the campaign. “I also want to say to Governor Romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today," he said. Stopping at one of his campaign offices in Philadelphia, Romney also wished Obama well: "The president has run a strong campaign, I believe he is a good man and wish him well."

* Obama also took part in his traditional Election Day basketball game with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former Duke University player and aide Reggie Love and Obama's friends Michael Ramos and Martin Nesbitt, among others. 

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he didn't snub Romney by not attending a rally in Pennsylvania and dismissed any suggestion otherwise. "All this other noise is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States,” Christie told reporters. He added: "I told Governor Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented. I said to him, 'Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it's going to, I'm off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.' And he said to me, 'Chris, of course. Do your job, don't worry about me.' "

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* As you follow the returns tonight, make sure to keep The Fix's Election Night Viewers Guide handy. And stay tuned to The Fix for news and analysis. 

* After voting Tuesday morning, Vice President Biden was asked by a reporter whether it was the last time he would be voting for himself. "No, I don’t think so,” Biden said with a grin. Later Tuesday, when a woman in Cleveland asked Biden whether he would run for president, Biden jokingly responded: “Oh, I’m going to go back home and run for county council or something.” 

* The Washington state Democratic Party reported a break-in at its campaign headquarters Tuesday morning. It's not yet known what was taken, but spokesman Mark Jamieson said there's no immediate indication of a political motivation.

* Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)  still isn't supporting Romney. "I don't think there's enough difference between the two candidates, and I assume the victor today will be the status quo," the former presidential candidate said in an interview. 

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