CHARLOTTE – Vice President Joe Biden was back on the campaign trail Tuesday in North Carolina.
With 35 days to go until Election Day and North Carolina again looking like a pivotal battleground state, the vice president spoke at the Fillmore at Charlotte's N.C. Music Factory before moving on to a speech at UNC Asheville.
North Carolina has been a popular stop for the Obama/Biden campaign over the last several months, but this was Biden's first visit since officially accepting the nomination in Charlotte last month at the Democratic National Convention.
"It's great for North Carolina and it's great for Charlotte and it's great for the Concord area,” said Valerie Arroyo, a Concord resident and Obama supporter. “It's just getting them to know that this is the state that four years ago pushed them over and he wants to know why and he comes here and sees what we have to offer."
Some said seeing the vice president Tuesday made up for missing out on the DNC event at Bank of America Stadium, which was moved at the last minute due to weather.
Focusing on the differences between the visions of the Obama and Romney campaigns, Biden's speech in Charlotte highlighted things such as healthcare, job creation, growing the economy and restoring the middle class.
"[I agree with] his position and the president's position for middle-class America in that you can't forget those people and leave them behind. You can't just give the tax cuts to the rich, it's just not going to work. It's been tried before and it's not effective," said Obama supporter Janice Lewis.
During his speech, the vice president emphasized the importance of North Carolina voters in this election.
“We need you. Together we will win North Carolina and we'll win this election because we'll win North Carolina,” he told the crowd.
Minutes after the speech, Republicans nationwide began to pounce on Biden's statement on the middle class.
“This president's policies have really devastated the middle class here in North Carolina. They understand they can't afford four more years of him,” Robert Reid, the North Carolina Communications Director of Mitt Romney for President, said.
The most recent polls show Mitt Romney and President Obama running neck-and-neck in North Carolina.