Biden makes campaign push in Arvada

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About 900 people heard Vice President Joe Biden show his support for military veterans and make a few final campaign pitches Saturday at Arvada West High School.

Vietnam veteran Steve Simmons, who called himself a proud American and proud President Barack Obama and Biden supporter, introduced the vice president.

“Barack Obama and Joe Biden will stand up for vets,” Simmons said. “I gave a lot to my country, almost everything, and all I and my fellow veterans ask in return is a president that will stand up for us.

"President Obama and Vice President Biden have been there for me, so over the past six months I have been knocking on doors and making phone calls to be there for them,” he said.

Biden took the stage as the crowd cheered.

“We're never going to do to veterans that fought for America what happened to Vietnam vets,” Biden said. “There are 68,000 warriors like (Simmons) in Afghanistan right now, that's 1 percent of the population. We're so proud to have ended the war in Iraq, and we will end the war in Afghanistan.”

Going to other topics, Biden promised millions of new manufacturing jobs, help to get three million working class teens into college to prepare for future careers and 100,000 new math and science teachers to help children prepare to compete in the global market.

He stressed the impact the next elected president will have in choosing Supreme Court justices.

“It far outlasts any administration; the president will have one to three appointees,” Biden said. “Imagine a Romney Supreme Court. No one should make a mistake like that ... it's not your father's Republican party. They're not bad guys, just different.”

Biden said he and Obama will continue to support a woman's right to choose and continue to support equal pay for equal work.

He said the Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice because Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don't have confidence in the average American.

“We have complete confidence in the American people,” Biden said. “We are determined to level the playing field ... there is one direction and one speed, and that is forward. It's never a good bet to bet against the American people.”

Patty Kopperl, of Denver, an Obama-Biden supporter from Massachusetts where Romney served as her governor, said she was almost in tears by the end of Biden's speech.

“He's a wonderful speaker,” Kopperl said. “He speaks from the heart. I'm glad he talked about veterans and the Supreme Court. We need to remember how important that issue is. It's not going to affect the next five years, but the next 20 years or longer.”

Others who spoke in favor of Obama's re-election included District 7 Congressman Ed Perlmutter, former Secretary of Transportation Federico Peña and Sen. Michael Bennett.