|In Beloit, Biden fires up enthusiastic Democrats|
|Written by Dan Plutchak|
|Friday, 02 November 2012 10:23|
Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd of more than 1,100 Nov. 2, 2012 at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit. Photo by Dennis Hines/Stateline News. More PHOTOS
BELOIT -- Enthusiastic Democrats welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to Beloit this morning during a campaign stop that highlighted the Wisconsin's importance as one of a dwindling number of swing states.
Crowds began snaking around Aldrich Middle School well before the doors opened at 9 a.m. Supporters were joined by a variety of protesters, some holding large right-to-life signs.
Beloit police, who first were notified Monday of the vice presidents visit, blocked off side streets along Biden's route to the middle school.
Inside, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, in a tight race with Tommy Thompson for a U.S. Senate seat, fired up the crowd as they waited for Biden to take the stage.
More than 1,100 ticketholders packed the gymnasium that was transformed into a made-for-TV stage and backdrop. In the waning days of the campaign, President Obama, Biden and their surrogates are hopping from swing state to swing state in an effort to fire up their base and push a heavy turnout for their party.
Across the state in West Allis, Mitt Romney warned the crowd that re-electing Obama would threaten the nation with another government shutdown and national default.
In Wisconsin, where early voting ends today, turnout could be a key to victory for either party.
Biden urged his supporters to get out and vote, telling the audience that he is more optimistic now about America's future than when he was first elected.
He touted the employment numbers that came out today, which showed stronger-than-expected job growth of 171,000, even while the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent.
He went on to recite a laundry list of accomplishments during the past four years, including ending the war in Iraq and bailing out the auto industry.
"I know the guy next door doesn't recognize it," Biden said, referring to Janesville's Paul Ryan, "but we did save the auto industry."
Then he turned to the Romney and Ryan ticket, arguing that their tax cut plan doesn't add up.
"Five hundred billion dollars will go to 120,000 families," he said of the tax cuts. Biden argued that would go a long way to trimming down the deficit.
Biden closed by telling the crowd that, "If we win wisconsin, we win this election and the middle class comes back."
Biden was scheduled for another stop in Wisconsin Friday, and Obama was expected to be in Madison Monday for a rally featuring Bruce Springsteen.
Romney and his wife, Ann, travel to Ohio for an evening rally with Paul and Janna Ryan.
Stay tuned for updates.
A long line of supporters and demonstrators lines up earlier today outside Beloit's Aldrich Middles School for an appearance by Vice President Joe Biden.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 16:00|