Biden Visits Presidential Battleground But Delivers No Speeches

The vice president makes low-key trip to Cleveland for the funeral of an African American political trailblazer.

CHATTANOOGA, TN - AUGUST 15: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks at a memorial service to honor those killed In Chattanooga shooting at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena on August 15, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The military is putting on the ceremony to honor the sailor and four Marines killed and to say thank you to the men and women who helped responded when Mohammad Abdulazeez shot up a military recruitment center and a Navy operations support center before being killed by law enforcement,

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While the political rumor mill was working overtime with speculation about his political future, Vice President Joe Biden quietly flew to Cleveland today to attend the funeral of former Representative Louis Stokes, the first African American to represent Ohio in Congress. The brother of former Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes, the first black executive of a major city, he died Aug. 18 at age 90.

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