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Vice President Joe Biden to visit Greeley on Wednesday

By Conor McCabe
On October 15, 2012


Almost a week after one of the most highly-anticipated vice presidential debates, incumbent Joe Biden will speak in Greeley Wednesday to conclude a two-state trip beginning Monday at campaign events in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The doors of the Island Grove Regional Park Exhibition Hall will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 501 N. 14th Ave . Tickets were made available as of Saturday morning at Organizing for America offices across the state including Fort Collins, Loveland, Firestone and Greeley.
Biden was originally scheduled to campaign in Boulder the day before, but he has postponed the visit due to prior commitments. However, the Greeley event is set to go on as planned and will be the incumbent's first visit to Colorado this year. His opponent, Paul Ryan, hosted a town hall meeting
Sept. 26 in Fort Collins and a rally in Colorado Springs.
According to a news release from the Obama-Biden Colorado campaign staff, the event will focus on the economic status of the country and "will highlight the clearest choice Americans have faced in a generation, the choice between moving our country forward with an economy built to last from the middle out or returning to top-down economics that failed Colorado families in the past." 
The release went on to say that "Vice President Biden will also lay out the real and achievable solutions he and the president have that will continue to move the country forward with an economy built to last."
During the presidential election in 2008, then-candidate Biden made the trip to Greeley and spoke to a standing room only crowd inside Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Given Colorado's still relatively unpredictable political outcome, both parities have their own designs on winning the state.
Biden comes from an extensive background in politics and has become somewhat of a congressional hero, having become vastly successful during his 36 years as a senator from Delaware. He took office, for his first term, at the age of 30 and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history. After his first year in Congress, he was named by "Time" magazine as one of 200 faces for the future.
He began his career in the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for nine years. He also was Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus for two years. 
Where Biden really becomes as asset to the president is in the area of foreign relations. In the Senate, he periodically was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, most notably from 2001-03 and 2007-09, until he left the Senate to join President Obama in the White House as Vice President.
Colorado offers nine electoral votes, which may not seem like a lot when compared to states like Ohio with 18 and Florida with 29, as both are also considered swing states. 
Recently, Colorado has adopted this political flip-flop nature. In the past 40 years, Colorado has only voted for a Democratic candidate twice - once in 1992 to help Bill Clinton beat then-President George H. W. Bush and again in 2008, helping elect Obama to office.
As far as Weld County goes, in 2008 Sen. John McCain won Weld County by securing 53.4 percent of the vote, with Obama winning 44.5 percent of the vote.

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