Between stops at a New Hampshire farmstand and a local high school today, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Dartmouth College in Hanover. Students Kasey, Saidah, Taylor, and Funmi were among the faces in the crowd—they will all become first-time voters this fall.
“It’s not often that someone like Joe Biden comes to Dartmouth and we wanted to make the most of this opportunity. With the election so soon, these events are so important to get everyone fired up and to make sure that new people start to feel more engaged and excited about this campaign.”
“It's such a historical moment being here and being a part of this event. Looking around, you can tell that other people think this is a big deal, too. I'm here today and I have committed to vote for the President in November because he’s focused on women rights.”
“I feel empowered by what the President says and by his actions in supporting us and our education.”
“The President and Vice President support us as students—their policies benefit our generation. They have made so much progress over the last four years, progress I don't think we would have made if Obama weren't president. We need him to be re-elected so he can have another four years to continue to work on this progress.”
But the Hanover event wasn’t just about students and education—the crowd also got the message that Joe Biden and Barack Obama are working for every American. Just ask Miguel, who knows how much his vote counts in a battleground state like New Hampshire:
“Joe Biden has empathy for the struggles of real Americans. Joe Biden and the President are trying to keep the interests of all Americans in mind. It's great we are passionate, but we shouldn't be so divided—we all want a greater America.”
The Vice President reflected those values in his speech:
“This is not a country of victims. This is a country where when people get knocked down, they get back up.”
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