La Crosse, WI (WXOW)-About 3,000 people, mostly college students packed into Valhalla Hall on the UWL Campus to hear Vice President Biden on the day after his debate with Republican Candidate Paul Ryan.
It was a speech that focused mostly on the substance of the debate, presenting the election as a choice as to which candidate can best protect the middle class.
The Vice President was introduced by his wife Jill, and quickly turned his attention to the debate, and the different visions He and Paul Ryan laid out for the future of the country.
He referred again to Governor Romney's comment about the 47 percent of Americans who are dependent on government, a comment Romney has since called a mistake. But Biden says that 47 percent includes his own family and neighbors, and its proof Romney doesn't respect those who helped build the country.
"the 47 percent are the ones we depend on to build this country. Its about time Governor Romney takes some responsibility. Takes some responsibility to help the American people and the Middle Class."
Today's speech was less a list of accomplishments of the Obama Administration, but more a question of which candidate voters trust to protect the middle class.
Biden warned that the budget plan presented by Paul Ryan would require cuts to programs that benefit the middle class such as home mortgage tax deductions,and student loans. He ridiculed Ryan's contention that the reductions are not cuts, but rather reductions in future funding increases.
Biden said; "saying these cuts are not cuts is like mitt Romney standing on the unemployment line saying to a guy...I'm not outsourcing your job, I'm offshoring it"
Polls show young people overwhelmingly vote Democratic. And the Vice President knows getting his audience today to the polls on election day is a challenge that may make all the difference.
Exit polls from the 2008 presidential election showed that 66 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for Barack Obama. Just 32 percent supported John McCain.
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