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Friday, November 4, 2016

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Biden: Trump and Johnson cut from same 'ideological cloth'

Vice President Joe Biden, in Wisconsin to pump up Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, took a series of shots Friday at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, drawing comparison between the Oshkosh Republican and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump and Ron Johnson, they are cut from the same political ideological cloth,” Biden said before slamming the pair on things like denying climate change and taxes.

Biden made the stop in Madison two days after the latest Marquette University Law School Poll found Clinton with a 6-point lead on Trump, but the Senate race about even.

Biden encouraged supporters to get out the vote.

“I will not be offended if you leave and go vote right now,” Biden said at the beginning of his speech to a crowd of more than 1,200.

Throughout the rally, which featured U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison; U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison; and Feingold, the crowd booed at mentions of Trump and Johnson but cheered as the politicians plugged their platforms.

At more than one point, Biden urged the crowd to quiet down while he evoked past Trump controversies and slammed him on policy. 

“Please, I’m really not looking for you to boo or cheer, I just want you to focus, man,” Biden said to laughs.

State GOP Executive Director Mike Duffey slammed the stream of surrogates who have come to Wisconsin on Clinton's behalf, saying it's a sign national Dems are hitting the panic button about Wisconsin.

"While a vast majority of Wisconsinites do not trust Hillary Clinton, and as an FBI investigation into her email server resumes, Feingold looks the other way and wrongfully places his trust in her, and Wisconsin voters will once again reject him and his bad judgment on Tuesday," Duffey said.

Feingold introduced Biden, saying he was the “perfect” person to come to Wisconsin for Clinton in the closing days of the campaign.

As Biden drew parallels between Trump and Johnson, he also paired Clinton and Feingold together on policy goals, saying both knew what the American people needed when it came to financial issues.

"Hillary and Russ know we have a sacred obligation to preserve Social Security, which you and your parents paid for," Biden said, echoing an earlier statement on how the pair knew the country had an “absolute need” to deal with corporate irresponsibility.

The vice president is the latest in a series of Clinton surrogates to campaign in the state’s liberal center. Clinton has not campaigned in Wisconsin since before the state’s primary in April.

Biden closed out his speech by appealing to millennials, who he called the “most incredible generation in American history,” saying the election was “totally within their control” but not enough were engaged in the political process.

“You have an obligation to lead your generation,” Biden said.

-- By Madeline Sweitzer

Editor's note: This post has been updated with more details from the speech.


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