• Biden campaigns in Charlotte, Rock Hill for Hillary at early-vote rallies

    By: Elsa Gillis

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Vice President Joe Biden is campaigning in North Carolina a week before Election Day to work to ensure that Democrats succeed him and President Barack Obama come January.

    Biden arrived in Charlotte Tuesday night for an early-voting rally for Hillary Clinton that's organized by the North Carolina Democratic Party at a local recreation center. Obama is supposed to headline a similar pro-Clinton event Wednesday on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Biden took the stage with gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and Senate candidate Deborah Ross.

    Biden pivoted to the main reason he was in the area, to keep a Democrat in the White House.

    "If Trump were elected and we don't win back the Senate, we're in a position where everything we've done the last eight years, from the economy to social policy to environmental policy be turned around," Biden said.

    Biden said Clinton has been fighting for the middle class for years.

    "So folks, I'm sick and tired of hearing about America’s best days are behind us,” Biden said. “Ladies and gentlemen, the most important thing that Hillary understands, she knows what you and I know, that given a fair chance, the American people have never let their country down, never once. She understands what built the middle class"

    Voters said they appreciated the vice president's perspective in this crucial election.

    He talked about his work, meeting with world leaders, about his perspective on the progress that's been done and the importance of keeping commitments with our friends around the world and I think that is a really important message that he can talk about," supporter David Lynn said.

    Before arriving in Charlotte, Biden visited the AME Zion Transformation Center in Rock Hill

    “The guy that is heading up the ticket started his inauspicious career as a real estate man being sued by black folks, for not being allowed to rent his apartments,” Biden said in Rock Hill. “These guys don't get it. They don’t get it.”

    Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke at rallies Monday in Jacksonville and Sanford.

    North Carolina is a presidential battleground state considered critical for Trump to win for a path to the White House.

    Kaine visit marks more big names for Clinton in North Carolina

    Democrat Hillary Clinton's bid for president brings big names to North Carolina in the final full work week of campaigning before Election Day, starting with running mate Tim Kaine.

    The U.S. senator from Virginia scheduled rallies Monday in Jacksonville and Sanford. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at a North Carolina Democratic Party early-vote rally at a Charlotte recreation center. Then President Barack Obama is heading to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday for a similar rally.

    Celebrities also continue to visit the presidential battleground state for Clinton. "Girls" actress Lena Dunham was expected to wrap up two days of campaigning with a Monday morning event at UNC-Chapel Hill. And musician Ne-Yo is performing Tuesday evening at a Raleigh venue.

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