Vice President Biden Visits Beloit

BELOIT (WIFR) -- This may be the first time any presidential or vice presidential candidate has visited the Stateline so close to the election. While Illinois is not considered a battleground state our neighbor to the north is a completely different story.

It was a spirited Joe Biden at Beloit’s Aldrich Middle School today. The Vice President often whipped the supportive crowd of 1,100 into a frenzy, praising the President and attacking the Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper who lacked character.

"My guy, Barack Obama, he's got character. He's got the character of his convictions. He does not engage in deception. He does not mislead. He says what he means and he means what he says. And he stands by what he says. And that cannot be said for the governor,” said Biden.

"I know Paul Ryan, like I met him at he's a dinner and he's a nice guy, so I was leaning towards Romney, but this really made me have confidence in Obama,” said Brynden Davies.

In four more days, voters will decide if the current administration deserves four more year and Wisconsin is expected to play a major role in the outcome. That’s why just a few days before the election, a sitting vice president visits Beloit for the first time in history.

It was clear that Wisconsin's women and Wisconsin's working class were the main targets of Biden’s speech, but in the process Biden may have swayed someone from an unexpected demographic.

As the parent of a special needs child, Heidi Gonzales is willing to switch parties this election due to the democrats stance on health care.

“Everyone has the right to affordable health care. It's not a privilege, it should be a right, and that's what president Obama and Vice President Biden stand for, and I support that," said Gonzalez.

It took until Dorothy Furlan was in her 80's for the Rockford resident to attend her first major ticket political event. Furlan came away impressed with the message and the delivery of a person often referred to as “Uncle Joe”.

"How can you be grounded when you walk into an auditorium like this, with them saying Joe, Joe, Joe? That's got to go to your head. He seems to have it all under control. I respect that," said Furlan.

There didn’t appear to be much opposition to today’s speech, just a few protestors holding signs that tied a vote for Biden as a vote for abortion.

The Badger state will be getting a lot more national attention over the next five days.
Mitt Romney made a stop near Milwaukee this afternoon. Tomorrow, the President will rally there with pop singer Katy Perry, and on Monday he'll be in Madison to campaign with Bruce Springsteen. Polls show Wisconsin is very much living up to its name as a Battleground state.


BELOIT (WIFR) -- It's a big day for the Stateline. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to students and community members at Aldrich Middle School in Beloit.

The gymnasium at the school was jam-packed with attendees, all anticipating Vice President Biden’s arrival.

After Biden's speech, Biden left the stage to the sounds of REO Speedwagon's "Roll With the Changes,"

Mike Garrigan will have more on this story tonight on the 23 News at 5.


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