LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Vice President Joe Biden, fresh off the one and only national running mate debate, hustled into a packed room at the student union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
There wasn't much wiggle room as Dr. Jill Biden took the stage in front of 2,000 supporters. "Last night I saw the Joe I know, someone who truly understands what's going on in people's lives, someone with the heart and experience to stick up for the middle class," she said.
Biden made his second visit to a University in Western Wisconsin in the past month, and he was repeating similar themes. "America is neither dependent nor is it in decline. And if they get out of the way with these policies out of the 50s we'd be racing back," he told the crowd.
He hit on the same points he debated the previous night: Afghanistan, taxes, Medicare, and the economy. "It's time for everyone to chip in including the wealthy, as I said last night, we shouldn't be surprised about their continued opposition to everyone chipping in," he campaigned.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney made his presence felt in La Crosse too, taking out a full page advertisement in the La Crosse Tribune. It stated: "In the Obama economy, over 20 million young Americans are living back home with their parents. It's your choice, move home with mom and dad or 12 million new jobs for American workers."
Biden left La Crosse by saying "We need your support, we need you to help us win Wisconsin because if we win Wisconsin, we win this election."
Longtime UW-La Crosse Political Science Professor Joe Heim said that's a point that both camps agree upon, noting this part of the state is half blue and half red. "It's more fertile ground. If this is a close election, Western Wisconsin could very well decide the election," he concluded.
So, you can expect more high profile visits before Election Day.
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