Milford, Ohio - "You have been through an awful lot these past four years, but the incredible thing about you, is like Americans before us, you haven't lost faith. You fought back. You've never given up. You just got up," is the way Vice President Joe Biden roused the crowd at the conclusion of his speech.
A crowd of 735 mostly cheering fans, some arriving five and a half hours before the start of Biden's speech were at Milford High School on Sunday afternoon for his last stop of the day. About 2:30 PM Biden and former Gov. Ted Strickland made an unannounced stop at Cruisers Diner, a '50s style silver-plated diner in Seaman, Ohio, on State Rt. 32, before heading to Milford. He made an appearance earlier in the day in Portsmouth. On Saturday the Vice President made stops in Zanesville and Athens.
"Folks, you know as well as I do... there is no quit in America." Speaking about his opponents he said he doesn't recognize the America they live in. Voice rising, Biden said, "America is not in decline, America is not in decline. And folks I've got news, I've got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. Never, ever, ever think it's a good bet to bet against the American people."
Mid speech, Biden paid tribute to American troops by making a promise for the Obama administration, "We will fulfill the only truly sacred obligation a nation has, and that is to equip those we send to war and care for them when they come home." Biden carefully cited the exact number of war dead and wounded. He said, “Some... we will have to take care of for the rest of their lives."
Biden compared Medicare proposals of his administration against those proposed by his opponents, Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan. He accused his opponents of not participating in debt reduction talks and noncooperation. He talked about creating jobs and compared plans for the future of Social Security.
He said he and the President will, "Promote the private sector, not the privileged sector."
Milford High School government and psychology teacher Gabby Downey was introduced by Strickland. She said before introducing the Vice President, "As a government teacher, it really does not get much better than this." She spoke for about five minutes about why she is supporting the Democratic ticket.
When the Vice President took the stage the crowd cheered, ”Four more years, Four more years."
Biden said of Downey, "If I had Gabby teaching me in high school, I would have wanted to stay... four more years."
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is reporter, Ricky Mulvey's commentary from inside the high school, before, during, and after the campaign speeches.