Editor's Note: The following report comes to us from a pool reporter on the campaign trail with Sen. Joseph Biden. We share his latest dispatch:
New York Times
Senator Biden stopped at a Kilwin's ice cream and candy shop in a shopping mall in The Villages, a huge residential complex near Lady Lake, Fla. Before he entered the shop, he stopped at gallery next door and signed the back of a painting of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson speaking with some of their aides. We couldn't hear any of his remarks.
Once inside the sweet shop, he ordered a single dip of chocolate chip on a sugar cone from Marilyn Fennell, who was working behind the counter. He then visited with a number of customers who crammed into the store.
It was difficult to make out much of the banter, but at one point he declared to someone, "I’m Joe – not the plumber – Joe the Biden." He asked one of the patrons, "Did ya vote already?" She replied that she had. "I love ya," he said and kissed her on the cheek.
He also met a woman who said she was from Scranton. "Oh, where?" Biden asked. She said the Green Ridge area, where he spent the first 10 years of his life.
He commented on how nice the shopping plaza and surrounding area were and said, "In Delaware, we have a law – you can adopt someone younger than you. You can adopt someone older than you. I'm available for adoption."
Many small cameras and cell phones came out.
Senator Bill Nelson, who along with his wife, Grace, joined Mr. Biden for the stop, noted that The Villages is very Republican territory.
"This is really going into the lion's den and bearding the lion," Mr. Nelson said.
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