Joe Biden joins Jason Kander on the campaign trail
ST. LOUIS – Vice President Joe Biden joined Jason Kander, the Missouri Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, on the campaign trail Friday.
Kander is challenging incumbent Roy Blunt in a race that has gathered national attention due to the recent increase in voters’ support for Kander. He also gained national media attention after a TV ad showed Kander assembling an assault rifle blindfolded.
At the event Friday, Kander touched on a variety of topics, including the needs of veterans, the importance of making college affordable for everyone and addressing the needs of the middle class.
"It is the single most important responsibility we have as a nation," Biden said in reference to the middle class.
"There is a new generation stepping forward in this country right now," Kander said.
Kander and Biden highlighted similarities they see in each other's backgrounds and stances on issues.
"Vice President Biden is somebody who is proof that just because you go to Washington doesn't mean you become Washington," Kander said.
Biden also stressed a need for keeping taxes low and defended the Affordable Care Act.
The event originally started at 3:30 p.m. Friday at The Pageant. It kicked off with a speech from Reverend Starsky Wilson of Saint John's Church. Wilson told the crowd he supports Kander because he is able "to respond when the community has needs and concerns."
"If, no, when Jason is elected, he will be the first millennial in the United States Senate," Wilson finished, to cheers from the crowd.
The crowd also heard from a registered nurse and veteran, a retired teacher, the mayor of St. Louis and several other Kander supporters.