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Vice President Joe Biden called out “forces of hate” in America and characterized the November midterm elections as “a battle for America’s soul” as he rallied UW-Madison students to vote this morning.

Biden from the outset called the upcoming midterm elections a battle over character and praised Dem gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin as key in the effort to restore the moral compass of the country.

“This is really bigger than politics, this election,” Biden said. “There’s something different. I think we‘re in a battle for America’s soul, where we are as a country.”

Biden, who is reportedly considering a 2020 presidential bid, began his remarks quietly by illustrating in grave terms the mood of the country, leading to chaos in Washington that he argued is frightening American allies. 

But by the end of his talk, Biden’s tone had changed, as he urged students to take their country back.

“We’re going to cure cancer, mark my words, we’re going to cure cancer. Get out and vote. Take back this incredible country. We are special, the world needs us,” he said to a roaring crowd at UW-Madison’s Gordon Commons.

Biden then continued his praise of Evers and Baldwin for their work on the issues of education and health care, and warned of major cuts to Medicare and Social Security if Democrats aren’t elected.

“If we don’t win … mark my words, there will be a massive deficit and your parents and your grandparents will find what they counted on and paid for their whole lives is not there,” Biden said.

Biden’s rally with Evers and Baldwin comes amid a blitz of appearances from top officials from both parties as they try to court the state’s voters ahead of next week’s election. 

President Donald Trump held a rally in Mosinee last week to stump for Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, while President Barack Obama campaigned for Evers, Baldwin and other Dems at a rally in Milwaukee Friday. Eric Trump is also in Wisconsin today to campaign for Vukmir and others. 

And U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, is scheduled to arrive in the state on Thursday for a fundraiser with Baldwin.

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