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Vice President Biden spoke to students at the University of Toledo Tuesday morning. Vice President Biden spoke to students at the University of Toledo Tuesday morning.
Biden made a quick stop at Schmucker's Restaurant on Reynolds Road shortly before 1 p.m. and enjoyed a slice of classic custard pie. Biden made a quick stop at Schmucker's Restaurant on Reynolds Road shortly before 1 p.m. and enjoyed a slice of classic custard pie.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - With two weeks left until Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden is traveling to Ohio for a three-day swing across the state Monday through Wednesday. On Tuesday, Biden spoke at the University of Toledo's Student Union Auditorium.

Biden started speaking shortly before 11:30 a.m.
During his speech, which lasted slightly more than a half-hour, he said that Ohio is critical to winning the election and encouraged everyone to get out and vote, and vote early.

"Folks, we need you! We need you! Together we can win Ohio. We win Ohio, we win the election. So Ohio: We need you!" said Biden.

Biden rallied the crowd of 1,500 UT students and community members. He began by praising President Obama for his performance in Monday night's debate.

"Boy, did we see a president worth voting for last night!" said Biden. "I was stunned, and pleased that Gov. Romney had disavowed so many things he said in the past and acknowledged the president was right on so many things."

The vice president touched on a number of issues, including education and women's rights. His daughter, Ashley, introduced him to the crowd.

Biden was in attack mode for much of his speech, blasting his opponents on domestic issues, such as Gov. Mitt Romney's tax plan.

"They should be signing a pledge to you, the middle class, saying, 'We're going to level the playing field;' saying 'We're going to give folks an even chance. We're going to get the middle class back in the game.' That's the pledge they should sign. That's the pledge we made," said Biden.

Afterwards, Biden spent more than 15 minutes talking with supporters one on one, encouraging them to get out and vote.

Students on campus from both sides of the spectrum, said they are using the visit as a way to do their research before heading to the polls Nov. 6.

"It'll be an opportunity for me to take the time and to know a little bit more about what he does believe," said UT student Tamlyn Cooper.

Student Christopher Morrow is also glad Biden is visiting.

"I think it's a good thing he's coming to UT because it shows us, as college students, that like, they care to here what we have to say, as far as their political views, so we know who to vote for this year," said Christopher Morrow, also a student at UT.

Biden heads to Dayton next.

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