A vocal crowd of about 1,100 welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to Aldrich Middle School in Beloit, for the first of his two campaign stops in Wisconsin on Friday. He had a later event scheduled in Superior.
A small number in the crowd were students.
"He relates to us and makes us feel like we're just like them. we can all relate to each other," said Sherriah Anderson, a sophomore who came over with a group from the high school to the middle school to watch the vice president's speech.
Biden stuck to many recent Obama campaign talking points, like creating jobs and strengthening the middle class.
"We are absolutely determined to level the playing field to give the American middle class a fighting chance again," Biden said to applause from the friendly crowd.
"This election is about whether Wisconsin will have a Senator and a president who will be a voice for the people or a Senator and a President who will be a voice for the very powerful," said Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who helped warm up the crowd for Biden and do some campaigning of her own in her U.S. Senate race against Republican Tommy Thompson. Recent polls have that as a close race, with Wednesday's Marquette Law School poll showing Baldwin with a four-point lead.
Biden also reached out to women during today's speech, when he brought up presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Imagine where the 40 years of progress we've made for women in America, what will happen to that in a Romney-appointed Supreme Court after four years," he said, and claimed he and PResident Obama see eye-to-eye on the issue of equal rights for women.
"We both believe that my daughter, his daughters, my granddaughters deserve every single right my sons have, every single right my grandson has," the vice president said.
President Obama will continue the campaign's presence in Wisconsin in the days leading up to Tuesday's general election. He will campaign in Milwaukee on Saturday and Madison on Monday.
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