If Vice President Joe Biden runs for the White House in 2016 he may have to work a little harder to win over crucial southeast Pennsylvania voters.
The Scranton-born Biden may have represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years, but his allegiance to Pennsylvania was so strong over his long political career that he was jokingly referred to as the Keystone's third senator.
But the gregarious Biden risked severing that tie Thursday when he challenged the inimitable status of Philadelphia's cheese steaks.
Biden's favorite Wilmington sandwich shop, Capriotti's, opened a location in downtown Washington and the vice president attended its opening. Throughout his visit, Biden repeatedly asserted that cities like Philly and New York have nothing on Wilmington for best sandwiches, according to the White House pool report.
An egregious statement, at best, but Biden took it even further.
"The only place where Philadelphia can compete with us is steak sandwiches. Just compete. Compete. Not win," he said.
Biden tried to redeem some of his Philly cred as he was leaving, taking note of the Washington Nationals baseball team mascots, the Racing Presidents, there to welcome him.
"Hey I love you guys. But you know, if you showed up outside of Capriotti's on Union Street [in Wilmington], you'd be in trouble," Biden said. "They're all Phillies fans, you know what I mean?"