Red White & Blue 2012

Associated Press

Red White & Blue 2012

By Associated Press. CREATED Sep 13, 2012

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- Playing to a younger audience, Vice President Joe Biden is stressing differences between the presidential campaigns on education, college debt and entitlement programs more in doubt for future generations.

Biden spoke Thursday to a crowd estimated by local fire officials at 3,000 people on the University of Wisconsin campus in Eau Claire. He stressed the current administration's moves to defray college costs and said Republican Mitt Romney's campaign hardly mentions education "except in a negative context."

It was Biden's second Wisconsin stop this month, a sign of the state's new importance as an established presidential battleground.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigned near Green Bay on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama was last in Wisconsin in February. Romney's most recent visit was in August.