By Matthew Daly
LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t quite a guarantee, but Vice President Joe Biden predicted Sunday that he and President Barack Obama will win re-election — “and I don’t think it’s going to be close in the Electoral College.”
Biden, who campaigned throughout Ohio on Sunday, told host Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he and Obama would win Ohio, perhaps the most critical battleground in the closely fought election.
“I think the firewall here of Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa — I think it’s going to hold firm,” he said. “I think we’re going to win clearly.”
Biden also predicted Democratic wins in Nevada and New Hampshire, two other battleground states, and said Democrats have “an even chance” of winning Virginia and Florida.
Earlier, Biden said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are running a “con game” on voters, trying to fool them into thinking the Republican ticket is more moderate than it is.
Biden, campaigning in Lakewood cited Romney’s changing positions on tax cuts, Iraq and other issues. He told a crowd of 1,200 people at Lakewood High School that a GOP ad claiming that automaker Jeep will move jobs out of Ohio was “pernicious” and a sign Romney does not have the character to be president.
Biden said the ad was intended to scare auto workers in Ohio, where one out of eight jobs is related to the auto industry.
At University of Cincinnati’s packed basketball arena Sunday night, President Barack Obama spoke to about 13,500 people.”
“I need you, Ohio!” Obama said repeatedly to the roaring crowd. “And if you’re willing to work with me, and knock on some doors with me and you’re willing to early vote for me, make some phone calls for me, turn out for me, we’ll win Ohio, we’ll win this election!”
Musician Stevie Wonder got the crowd excited before Obama spoke and closed out his speech with “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Throughout the day, activist and faith-based groups canvassed door-to-door and held “souls to the polls” events to transport voters from churches to early-voting sites, where people in some of the most populous counties stood in long lines in the cold to cast their ballots.