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Biden predicts big victory in Electoral College

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) — 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, Ohio, cited Romney's changing positions on tax cuts, Iraq and other issues. He told a crowd of 1,200 people at Lakewood High School outside Cleveland 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.

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