LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Local democrats and republicans are speaking up about the vice president's visit to La Crosse Friday.
Both agree Joe Biden's trip comes in the heat of the upcoming election.
They said the western area is part of what makes Wisconsin a swing state.
In 2008, La Crosse voted for President Barack Obama.
Locals voted for republican Governor Scott Walker in 2010.
"I think (Obama and Biden are) coming to Wisconsin because the Midwest is very important to them, and that they understand that the middle class and that the Midwest is a very, very essential part of a strong economy for the United States. And, they want to make sure that the people who live here understand what their message is," said Vicki Burke, chair of the La Crosse County Democratic Party.
"I think that (Obama and Biden) came after the debates because they really need to get out and connect with voters right away because President Obama did not do well in his first debate," said
Andrew Matz, who's on the board of the La Crosse County Republican Party. "Joe Biden, he's an experienced debater and he's gonna want to get back with the people right away."
WXOW.com will host live coverage of the vice president's visit Friday.
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