Biden makes brief stop for ice cream in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Vice President Joe Biden surprised the staff at a Northeast Portland ice cream shop after he held a campaign rally for Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Biden’s motorcade made a brief stop at Salt and Straw on Wednesday.

The vice president asked owner Kim Malek what was the closest flavor to chocolate chip. He ended up ordering a scoop of “chocolate wood block” and a scoop of vanilla in a waffle cone from staff stunned to have the vice president in their shop.

Biden says he loves ice cream, and the shop was highly recommended by Merkley.

The vice president drew a crowd of onlookers on Alberta Street before his motorcade continued to the airport. Biden is scheduled to spend Wednesday night in Seattle before holding events there on Thursday.

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