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UPDATE: Vice President Joe Biden gives speech at UW-L

LA CROSSE, Wis - During a campaign speech at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Vice President Joe Biden says he and President Barack Obama will do more to help the middle class recover from the recession if re-elected.

Biden says Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan "have a different vision for America" compared to the Obama campaign.

"It's time for everyone to chip in, including the wealthy," Biden said.

The vice president says the Obama campaign wants to not only extend tax cuts to the middle class that are set to expire in January, but make them permanent.  

"It's time Romney-Ryan take a pledge that ‘We're going to level the playing field. We're going to get you back in the game again,'" Biden said.

Two other topics discussed Friday were Afghanistan and women's rights, two key issues made in Thursday night's debate.

Watch News 8 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for more details on Biden's speech.

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Several hundred people are expected to attend Vice President Joe Biden's speech at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L).

This is the vice president's first stop after Thursday night's debate.

According to a CBS News Poll, the race for Wisconsin is tightening, which is one of three "battleground states." What was a 6 point lead about one month ago for President Barack Obama is down to just 3 percentage points.

In front of a crowd that will include a lot of students, Vice President Biden is expected to to spend a lot of time talking about voter registration. Volunteers outside of the UW-L Cartwright Center encouraged students to register.

Biden is expected to speak at about 1:45 p.m. You can watch it live on News8000.com.

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On Friday morning, Campbell Road in La Crosse will be closed to traffic and parking due to Vice President Joe Biden's visit.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Campbell Road will be closed from State Street to North 24th Street. The La Crosse Police Department says it will tow vehicles that are parked in that area.

Doors open at the Cartwright Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) for Biden's visit starting at 11:30 a.m. Biden is expected to speak at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the event are now available. You can get them at UW-L's Cartwright Center Info Desk or at the La Crosse County Democratic Headquarters in downtown La Crosse.

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Vice President Joe Biden will make his way to La Crosse, one day after debating with Wisconsin native and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan.

The event is Friday at the Cartwright Center on the University of Wisconsin La Crosse campus.

Doors are scheduled to open at 11:30 a.m.

In a release from the Obama Campaign, Biden will "lay out what's at stake for middle-class families on Election Day. He will also discuss the choice in this election between moving forward with President Obama's vision to create an economy that's built to last from the middle out, or going back to the same failed top-down economic policies that crashed our economy and hurt the middle class. Dr. Biden will introduce the Vice President."

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance.

One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Obama for America Office located at 116 S. Fifth Avenue or at the Cartwright Center Information Desk starting Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.


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