VP Biden touches on familiar themes in Green Bay

Biden appears at National Railroad Museum
VP Biden touches on familiar themes in Green Bay

Calling it the most important election in history, Vice President Joe Biden laid out the differences between the Romney/Ryan ticket and the Democrats during a campaign stop Sunday in Green Bay.

The differences Biden cited were many and laid out several areas sure to be major themes at this week’s Democratic National Convention: Protecting the middle class, Medicare, and the military, to name just a few.

Talking up his Catholic school headmaster’s love for the Green Bay Packers, and his own love of trains, Biden fired up the cheering crowd at Ashwaubenon’s National Railroad Museum.

“Tell you what, whoever set this up hit a soft spot in my heart,” said Biden. “I’m the biggest railroad guy you’ve ever seen.”

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Biden then got to work separating the president from Republican Mitt Romney, and while supporters booed at the very mention of the Romney/Ryan ticket, Biden repeated the president’s line of late: That they didn’t need boos, they needed votes.

He said votes for him and Obama would be votes against the Republicans’ failed economic policies, which he says were responsible for the recession.

“They call their plan new, bold, and gutsy,” Biden said. “They tried it before. And it didn’t work! We’ve seen this movie before and we know how it ends!”

Biden’s message worked for first grade teacher Lynn Thompson.

“They’re working from the same set of values I am,” said Thompson. “There’s a lot of pressure from the other side and its a hard battle. And I’m really glad there are people out there willing to fight it for us.”

This November marks the first chance to vote for some, like Kailyn Rudd, who attended Biden’s stop.

“There’s a lot of false information, a lot of propaganda. But if you can follow the facts, it’s pretty clear where to go this time,” said Rudd.

Rudd said she had a hard time looking for a job this year, a reality that a lot of young people face.

As for who she’ll choose on election day?

“My mind’s made up, I think,” said Rudd. “But it’s good to reinforce that I made the right decision.”

About one thousand people packed into a small space at the National Railroad Museum. At first glance, the crowd looked similar to those seen at recent Republican rallies.

But both campaigns are out making the point that they are indeed quite different.

Sunday’s stop was part of the Obama-Biden campaign’s “Road to Charlotte” tour. The appearance precedes the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday in North Carolina.

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