ABC News’ Arlette Saenz:
At a rally sponsored by the Penn State College Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden called on a crowd of college students to give the Democratic Party a boost as they did in 2008 and head to the polls this November.
“All I heard when I got here in Happy Valley was the roar of a lion. I didn’t hear anything else. I didn’t hear any whining. All I heard is a roar. And folks, it’s time for us to roar,” the vice president said.
As part of the administration’s effort to energize young voters heading into the midterm elections, Biden urged them to take a more active role in the fall election, asking them to commit to voting for Democrats and to recruit their friends and family to participate in the election. The vice president appealed to the college students by talking about the consequences the country would face should Republicans regain control of the House and Senate this November, touching on issues directly affecting college students, such as student loan programs and job creation.
Biden warned of the message of Republicans, such as Delaware candidate Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin, calling their views different from the Republican Party of the past.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he said. “Take them seriously because if we don’t take them seriously, they mean what they say. They mean what they say, and the only thing we can allow them to win is our apathy or our anger.”
The vice president was introduced by the president of the Penn State College Democrats, Rob Ghormoz, and Penn State quarterback coach Jay Paterno, the son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Biden later quoted the seasoned football coach while energizing the crowd.
“He has an expression. As a coach, he said, ‘Believe deep down in your heart, you can do great things,’” Biden said. “Let’s get those people back their dignity and let’s then begin, not a march, but a sprint to bringing America back.”