Former Vice President Joe Biden was on the U-W Madison campus Tuesday, campaigning for Democrats ahead of next Tuesday’s election.
Biden joined U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, candidate for Governor Tony Evers and attorney general candidate Josh Kaul at Gordon dining hall.
He had sharp words for the Trump Administration, calling this election a battle for America’s soul.
Over one thousand people crowded into the at-capacity event at UW Tuesday morning. The room was packed with students, even at 9 am on a college campus.
Biden called these midterm elections a fight for the country’s character, referencing bombs recently sent to media organizations and the homes of liberal leaders — as well as the fatal attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue and suspected racially motivated killing of two black people in Kentucky.
He related those incidents directly to President Donald Trump’s self-described nationalist rhetoric.
“I am sick and tired of this administration, I’m sick and I’m sick and tired of what’s going on,” Biden said.
He described the midterms as being a fight to reset the county’s quote “moral compass.”
Biden urged the crowded room to vote for Baldwin and Evers, calling them candidates with character.
Evers hit Walker on education and healthcare issues before Biden’s speech. He’s currently the head of the state’s department of public instruction.
“We’ve had a governor who’s failed to take on the issue of the student loan crisis,” Evers said. “He’s demonized our teachers, and he’s cut hundreds of million dollars from our public schools.”
Baldwin stuck mostly to health care, but also talked about big money super PACs campaigning against her.
I learned earlier this year that I was the top target of out-of-state super PACs,” Baldwin said. “Well, I decided I would wear it like a badge of honor.”
Biden addressed the young, mostly millennial audience specifically — calling turnout in the younger demographic the key to Democrats winning.
“There’s nothing beyond our capacity,” Biden said. “That’s how you were raised, that’s how I was raised.”
Biden was also campaigning in Milwaukee Tuesday.