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Biden stops in PA as part of pre-election Clinton campaign surge

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Nov 7, 2016 4:51 AM

The Vice President made two stops in Pennsylvania as part of Team Clinton's final push pre-election. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- Sitting Vice President Joe Biden made a swing through Pennsylvania this weekend, stopping first in his childhood hometown of Scranton, and then in the capital city.

He spent a good portion of his Harrisburg speech plugging down-ballot state Democrats, like Attorney General Candidate Josh Shapiro, and US Senate contender Katie McGinty. But his biggest message was one the Clinton campaign's been pushing throughout the presidential race: America is on the right track.

Biden's visits were part of a last-minute campaign surge on the part of Team Clinton.

In the two days before the election, the campaign scheduled a whopping 26 events in battleground states featuring everyone from President Obama to the singer Cher.

Biden waxed philosophical about the state of American politics, and struck a hopeful tone.

"This is a country where anything is possible," he said. "America is where we don't--we don't scare easy in America. We never bend, we never bow, we always endure, we always overcome, we always move forward. We are America!"

He also drew distinctions between what he described as the Democrats' vision for America, and that of the GOP.

"I am so tired of hearing Trump and Pence and others talk about how America is not respected," he told the crowd. "Find me a single, solitary poll nationally or internationally that says anything other than the most respected nation in the world is the United States of America."

Shapiro, the Democrat AG candidate, appeared onstage with the Vice President. Speaking with reporters after the rally, he noted the implications behind Biden's enthusiastic endorsements of the commonwealth's statewide candidates.

"I think it speaks to the importance of Pennsylvania," he said. "And I think a lot of how Pennsylvania goes will determine the future of our country, and certainly the future of our commonwealth."

The Clinton campaign's final stop in Pennsylvania will come Monday night. The candidate is rallying in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter, along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Republican Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, made a stop in Fairview Township, York County.

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