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Vice President Joe Biden campaigns to secure Wisconsin votes

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Vice President Joe Biden rallied for President Obama and the Democratic Party at a pair of campaign stops in Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin on Friday.

With the presidential election just 11 days away, both campaigns are battling for crucial electoral votes in this very tight race.

Craig Wall was in Kenosha where Biden was courting voters in Paul Ryan's very own district.

About 1,000 people lined up at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside activities center to hear the vice president speak. The crowds waited patiently outside for the 2 p.m. start time.

"Hello University of Wisconsin-Parkside," Biden said.

The polls show that Wisconsin is very much in play this election and Vice President Joe Biden's campaign stop here is a clear indication that even though the Badger State has gone to the Democrats since the 1980's, the Obama campaign is not taking any chances.

For the fifth time this year, Biden hit the campaign trail in Wisconsin, rallying the faithful at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, after an earlier stop at UW-Oshkosh. He made a direct appeal to students who four years ago turned out in large numbers for Barack Obama.

"How many on Pell Grants in here? Well get ready. If they win, it cuts your Pell Grant and it also cuts out work study programs," Biden said.

"I've supported the president all throughout this election and this is the first time I can actually vote, cause I was 17 the last election, so I'm excited just to be here," said Lindsey Bernhardt, a Carthage College student.

Biden took a swipe at Romney for his comments about 47 percent of Americans being victims, and Biden told the crowd he doesn't recognize the country Romney and Ryan are talking about.

"More Americans by a recent survey are optimistic about the future than are pessimistic for the first time in five years and they say America is in decline," Biden said. "Folks, America is not in decline, I'll tell you what, Romney and Ryan are in denial."

"We heard a lot of truth today that really separates the parties and shows there's no other option," said Joe Liles.

Biden urged supporters to take advantage of early voting and his appeal underscored the concern Democrats have about native son Paul Ryan's potential to help win Wisconsin for Romney.

"Folks, we need you. Together we can win Wisconsin and when we win Wisconsin we will win this election," Biden said.

Supporters remained hopeful for the election and the next four years.

"And I feel that Biden and Obama, they can do it. "If we just give them a chance they can do it," said Toni Wolfe, a supporter.

As the campaign goes down to the wire, Wisconsin's importance will be evident again next week when Obama, Romney, and Ryan will all campaign in Wisconsin trying to win over any remaining undecided voters.

The latest polls show that the Obama-Biden ticket only has a slight lead over the Romney-Ryan ticket, and with 10 electoral votes in play, both are making visits to this battleground state.

Kenosha was Biden's second stop in Wisconsin. He was in Oshkosh earlier Friday morning, where he told a supporter in that the campaign is going to move America forward – and the Republicans are the party that is stuck in the past.

"A social policy," Biden said, "I guess they got caught up in ‘Madmen' or something, I don't know, because it's right out of the '50s. Their economic policy, I hadn't heard of before. But the president characterized it as being out of the '20s. I tell you what, it is different. It's fundamentally different than ours. It's based on a fundamentally different premise and a profoundly different set of values."

What has been happening in Wisconsin in the past year has stirred things up in the state politically - with the Republican governor overturning the pension reform, creating a whole storm of protests and problems, and energizing the Democratic side.

Both camps want to make sure that they are wooing Wisconsin voters.

President Obama returned to Washington Friday morning, after visiting eight states in just two days.

The president made a brief, but important, stop in Chicago on Thursday. He became the first sitting president to cast his ballot early, and in person at the Martin Luther King Community Center at 43rd and Cottage Grove.

That South Side location is an official polling place, where residents can still vote early.

The Obama campaign has been urging supporters to vote early. While the president was in town, he said it's a convenient way to be sure your vote is in.

He was only in Chicago for about three hours, before taking to the campaign trail once again for a rally in Cleveland.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be at rallies in Iowa and Ohio on Friday.

His running-mate Paul Ryan will be in South Carolina and Alabama before joining Romney in Canton, Ohio. The Midwest state has become ground zero in this election, as a key battleground get for the candidates.

Romney had breakfast at Cincinnati diner Thursday, before he spoke at a huge steel plant. He told the crowd President Obama's economic policies won't work for them.

The Massachusetts governor had a rally featuring performances by country music stars John Rich and Randy Owen Thursday night.

No republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio.

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