July 23, 2014

Biden fires up crowd at UW-Parkside

Wisconsin’s place in the national spotlight continued Friday, as Democratic Vice President Joe Biden became the latest name on the presidential ticket to make stops in the Badger State. Biden made campaign appearances in Oshkosh and Kenosha.

Speaking on the UW-Parkside campus Friday afternoon, Biden delivered a fiery speech that hammered away on the main themes of the Obama-Biden campaign. Biden accused the GOP ticket of not supporting women’s rights, warning they could take a hit under a Romney-appointed US Supreme Court.

Biden called GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney “out of touch,” and chided him for now saying he will get tough on China. The vice president says Romney out-sourced call services when he was governor of Massachusetts, but now says he will protect American jobs. Biden described those claims as “malarkey.”

Biden said he doesn’t recognize the American in decline the Republican ticket keeps talking about, saying “Romney and Ryan are in denial.” He says the best was for the nation to succeed is to have a prosperous middle class, which President Obama wants to do by increasing educational opportunities.

Biden’s stops in Wisconsin mark the start of another swing of presidential candidates through the state, as the Badger State maintains its position in recent polls as a race where either side could earn a close victory. On Monday, GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be in West Allis. Then President Obama will make a stop in Green Bay on Tuesday. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will be back in his native state on Wednesday for campaign events.

AUDIO: Janet Hoff, WRJN (1:20)