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Biden visits Eau Claire as Wisconsin takes on added importance

CREATED Sep 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 13, 2012

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EAU CLAIRE-  Playing to a younger audience, Vice President Joe Biden is stressing differences between the presidential campaigns on education, college debt and entitlement programs more in doubt for future generations.

Biden spoke Thursday to a crowd estimated by local fire officials at 3,000 people on the University of Wisconsin campus in Eau Claire.

He stressed the current administration's moves to defray college costs and said Republican Mitt Romney's campaign hardly mentions education "at all except in a negative context."

It was Biden's second Wisconsin stop this month, a sign of the state's new importance as an established presidential battleground.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan held a campaign event near Green Bay on Wednesday.

It was Ryan's third rally in Wisconsin since the home-state congressman joined Mitt Romney's presidential ticket.

President Barack Obama was last in Wisconsin in February. Romney last visited in August.