Biden Stops in Cleveland, Jokes About Next Run

Vice President Joe Biden hugs a patron during a visit to the Landmark Restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio. Biden's daughter Ashley is at left.

Vice President Joe Biden hugs a patron during a visit to the Landmark Restaurant on Election Day 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Biden's daughter Ashley is at left.

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By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden was joking about his next run for office even before Tuesday's election results were in.

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At a surprise campaign stop in Cleveland, Biden joked that he might run for a local office.

"I'm going to go back home and run for county council or something," Biden told a customer at the Landmark Restaurant. Home for Biden is Delaware.

Biden, who turns 70, in two weeks, recently has been making jokes about his 2016 plans. He told a Florida man last week that he should vote for Biden once his health insurance rates go down because of the health care law known as "Obamacare."

Biden's stop in Cleveland came as Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made Election Day stops in the city at about the same time.

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Ohio has become a central battleground in the presidential race.

Biden voted in Delaware on Tuesday morning and told reporters it might not be the last time he votes for himself in an election.

He said voting is a great honor and urged Americans to "stand in line as long as you have to" in order to vote.

"It's always a kick" to vote, Biden said.

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Biden served six terms in the U.S. Senate before winning election to the White House in 2008.

Biden also said he would visit New York's hurricane-damaged borough of Staten Island on Friday. Many Staten Island residents are still without power, more than a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.

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