|With four days to go, Biden makes final pitch|
|Written by Dennis Hines/Stateline News|
|Friday, 02 November 2012 14:42|
Vice President Joe Biden arrives at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit Friday, Nov. 1, 2012. Photo by Dennis Hines/Stateline News. More photos at Facebook.com/StatelineNews.
BELOIT — Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit on Friday just four days before the presidential election.
About 10:30 a.m., a large group of people waited outside of the middle school to get inside to listen to the vice president’s campaign speech. Many police officers and security workers were inside and around the middle school to make sure everything was in order.
The middle school gymnasium was soon full with a crowd of people waiting to show their support for Biden. People held up signs with sayings such as “Forward,” “Bonkers 4 Biden,” “Obama/Biden,” “Badgers Love Obama and Biden” and “Beloit 4 Biden.”
About a half hour before Biden took the stage, Democratic Cogresswoman Tammy Baldwin addressed the crowd and encouraged them to vote for President Barack Obama and Biden on Nov. 6.
About 11:30 a.m., Biden stepped up on stage and up to the podium with a crowd of supporters cheering and screaming.
Biden started his speech by talking about Hurricane Sandy, and how representatives from both the Democrat and Republican party have worked together to assist the victims.
“It’s been completely remarkable with the cooperation that has gone on…,” Biden told the crowd. “When this election is over, we need to get back to that.”
Biden talked about how he and Obama have worked to create jobs, expand benefits for Medicare and end the war in Iraq.
“I am more optimistic about the prospects of America today than I was when I got elected. We’re making progress…,” Biden said. “There’s so many opportunities in this country, so we got to work together.”
Biden also talked about Republican vice presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan.
“He’s a decent guy. I like him, I just disagree with him,” Biden said.
Biden also said how he and President Obama would fight for the middle class if they are re-elected.
“The middle class is the backbone of this country,” Biden said. “There’s no quit in American. It’s never good to bet against the American people.
Biden said, during the past four years, he has enjoyed serving with President Obama and praised the president’s character.
“Character is the most important ingredient that a president must possess,” Biden said. “Barack Obama, he’s got character. He does not mislead. He says what he means and means what he says, and he stands by what he says.”
After his speech, Biden greeted his crowd of supporters with Reo Speedwagon’s “Keep on Rolling” blaring in the background.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 15:15|