EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin is the focus of Vice-Presidential politics for the second day in a row.
On Wednesday, Republican VP Nominee Paul Ryan was in the Green Bay area, on Thursday Vice-President Joe Biden campaigned in Eau Claire
Younger voters were a big key to President Barack Obama's 2008 victory, and its clear Joe Biden's message was geared towards the college students at UW-Eau Claire.
After a few somber words about the tragic violence in Libya this week, Vice-President Biden dove right into the issues near and dear to the hearts of students.
Biden said President Obama's goal is for America to have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020.
"That's why we provided a $2,500 per year tax credit, to your parents and you to defray the cost of your college education," said Vice-President Biden. "That's why we've increased the money for the Pell Grant, which, in one fell swoop, increased the number of students in college from working-class families from six million to nine million."
The Vice-President also stressed that the students may have an even harder time finding a job when they get out of school if Mitt Romney becomes President.
Biden predicted policies geared towards more outsourcing, meaning fewer skilled positions here in America.
"In his acceptance speech he (Romney) said, one of the first things he'll do as President is he said, 'I will take a jobs tour,' well, with all the support for outsourcing and his tax policies, its gonna have to be a foreign trip," said Vice-President Biden.
Biden also warned that costs under Romney and Paul Ryan would go up, saying taxes on the average middle class family would increase by $2,000 under their budget plan.
"Folks, these guys, Romney may live in a different neighborhood. But the neighborhood I come from and I mean this sincerely, that's a lot of money," said Vice-President Biden.
EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Vice-President Joe Biden spoke to issues near and dear to the college students he addressed at UW-Eau Claire Thursday morning.
After talking briefly about the recent violence in the Middle East, Biden spoke about what President Obama has done to make education his main focus in the United States.
Biden promised the U.S. would have the highest rate of college graduates in the world by 2020, and that the current administration has already contributed to that by putting more money into Pell Grants, and by providing parents with a $2,500 per year tax credit for each child they have in college.
Biden went on to talk about why its important to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of income earners and why its even more important to maintain Social Security and Medicare as we know it.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have a full report on Vice-President Biden's speech on 27 News at 5 and 6.
EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- For a second straight day, Wisconsin voters hear from a key player in the race for the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Eau Claire. He's scheduled to lead a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Biden was in Wisconsin earlier this month. He spoke in Green Bay prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigned in De Pere on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama was last in Wisconsin this past February. Republican Mitt Romney was in Wisconsin last month.
WKOW will live stream Vice President Biden's speech today on www.wkow.com/live beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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