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Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden visits SW Florida

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden embraces a supporter while makinga stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff

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Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden embraces a supporter while makinga stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff

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  • FGCU sophomore Ethan Glinski, 19, right, and Billy Riccardi, 22, left, wait outside Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden speaks at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • 86-year-old Ken McPhee said he has been a long-time Joe Biden supporter and is thrilled to see him speak before a crowd of thousands at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Betsy Ross, of Naples, a Senator John McCain supporter, is forced to move her protest away from Alico Arena to a designated protest area before Senator Joe Biden speaks at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008. 'I'd be happy at this point if Hillary is elected,' Ross said.
  • Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden arrives at the Naples Bay Resort on October 8th 2008 in Naples Fl. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Fl. US Senator Bill Nelson,  steps off a campaign bus at the Naples Bay Resort Wednesday, Oct 8th 2008 in Naples Fl. Nelson Joined the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden at the Naples Bay Resort for a fundraiser hosted by local real-eastate developer Jack Antaramian. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden steps off a campaign bus at the Naples Bay Resort Wednesday, Oct 8th 2008 in Naples Fl.   at the Naples Bay Resort for a fundraiser hosted by local real-eastate developer Jack Antaramian. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Security was tight at the Naples Bay Resort in Naples Fl October 8th 2008 in Naples Fl. for the fundraiser hosted by Jack Antaramian for the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Eirk Kellar/Staff
  • From left: Joe Damasco, Jinny Powell, and Bridie Kelly find a spot in the shade to sit as they waited in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008. Powell a registered independent, said she has voted for more republicans in the past, but that this time she was behind Senator Barack Obama. 'This is the most important vote of my life,' Powell said.
  • Amanda Cornell, left, holds her three-month-old son Gregory Alspaugh as they wait in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008. 'He begged me to wear the shirt even though I said it would cause some problems,' Cornell joked.
  • Democratic supporters wait in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Democratic supporters wait in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Geri Dolin of Fort Myers uses her ticket as a fan herself as she finds a spot in the shade outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • FGCU junior Taunesha Dix carries a Barack Obama action figure as she waits in line with friends outside Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden says hello to a police officer on his way out of a fundraiser  at the Naples Bay Resort Wednesday, Oct. 8th 2008  hosted by local real-estate developer Jack Antaramian in Naples Fl.. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Trish Mauro of Fort Myers, right, and Mary Coe Corroo, left, bask in the mist as thousand waited in line in the sun outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Dep. Richard Williamson, left, and Cpl. Mark Nelson, right, of the Lee County Sheriff Office use a bomb sniffing dog to check a staircase outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Thousands wait in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Joe Anthony shows his support as he waits in line outside of Alico Arena before Senator Joe Biden spoke at Florida Gulf Coast University on Oct. 8, 2008.
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden is greeted by supporters while making a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden embraces a supporter while makinga stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • A supporter gives the thumbs up during Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden's stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at Florida Gulf Coast University and Alico Arena where he spoke to a filled stadium of supporters. Michel Fortier/Staff

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden will be speaking at a political rally at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at Alico Arena. Biden will also attend a Naples fundraiser hosted by developer Jack Antaramian.

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