LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Vice President Joe Biden attempted to draw a clear contrast Friday between the policies him and President Barack Obama support, and those backed by Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
"The differences we have about the future of this country are quite frankly profound," Biden said.
"It's important for Obama and Biden, but also for Romney and Ryan to draw that contrast, to show what is the difference between what you're going to do as President and what they're going to do," said Dr. Tim Dale, a professor of political science at the UW-La Crosse.
"I think we heard Biden say many things that created a difference between those two campaigns," Dale said.
There was not much in the form of new material from the Vice President, but he did draw on several themes he hammered home during Thursday night's Vice Presidential debate – among them a woman's right to abortion.
The Obama Biden ticket is pro-choice, while Romney and Ryan have said they are pro-life.
"It's critical that Democrats win the women's vote," Dale said. "I think we're going to hear Obama and Biden talk more about women's rights, about healthcare as it links to choices," Dale said.
Then there's the issue of the economy, which is struggling or recovering depending on which ticket you ask.
"Were going in the wrong direction," Ryan said during Thursday's debate.
"The economy is barely limping along. There are 23-million Americans struggling for work today, and 15 percent of Americans are in poverty. That is not what a real recovery looks like."
"I've never seen two Presidential candidates more negative about the prospects of this country than the people we're running against," Biden said Friday in La Crosse.
"All you hear from them is about a culture of dependency, about America in decline. I don't see Americans who think they are dependant. I see Americans who are looking for nothing more than a shot."
"They're not looking for handouts," Biden said, "They're looking for a shot – a level playing field."
Dale said both campaigns are likely to hit on the same issues again and again as the election draws closer.
"We have real, substantive debates and disagreements in this race," Dale said. "We have a lot of facts being thrown out there. People are impressed, after watching the debates, with the statistics being thrown out that each candidate is using."
"It's not like we have a lack of issues," he said. "So we'll be debating and analyzing these for the next three weeks."
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