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Joe Biden Plane Forced To Delay Landings By Bad Weather

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. at The Fillmore. Biden returned to Charlotte for his sixth visit to North Carolina this year. The visit comes a month before Election Day and a day after a new poll showed the presidential race deadlocked in North Carolina. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner) | AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bad weather forced the plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden to delay landings twice on Tuesday.

Air Force Two was approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport when the pilot abruptly pulled up and circled for about 35 minutes because of thunderstorms.

The White House called the tactic a "missed approach" and said the pilot of the Boeing 757 landed on the second attempt.

Biden arrived an hour late for a campaign event and joked that the bumpy ride had left some with "queasy stomachs."

Biden's return trip also was delayed by weather.

Rain and fog forced his plane to land at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia instead of Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base. The plane circled the air base for 45 minutes before diverting to Dulles.

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