From: Molly Beck
Sent: Friday, November 4, 2016 2:21 PM
To: Dubyak, Meghan M. EOP/OVP; Lance, Kirsten E. EOP/OVP
Subject: VP print pool report
Vice President Joe Biden on Friday surprised one of the busiest coffee shops on Wisconsin's state capital square following a rally nearby to encourage early voting for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold.
Biden, who devoted much of his rally speech to the U.S. Senate race, arrived at Madison's Colectivo Coffee on the capital square early Friday afternoon with Feingold, Feingold's wife Christine and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Madison.
"Hey, everybody," Biden announced to about a dozen coffee shop patrons. "My name is Joe Biden and I work for Russ Feingold."
Biden and the Feingolds ate ice cream while Baldwin sipped coffee. The vice president briefly went behind the counter to greet baristas and coffee shop staff.
"Dreams are coming true," said Tyne Oberlander, a 22-year-old barista who took Biden's orders.
Biden urged patrons to vote and chatted with reporters about health care issues and the U.S. Senate's refusal to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
He said the Senate is "taking the dysfunction of Congress and moving it to a different branch of government," which Biden described as "dangerous."
Biden, who at one time considered running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, was in Madison to stump for Clinton, who holds a comfortable lead in Wisconsin in recent polls over Republican nominee Donald Trump. Clinton has not visited the state since the April primary.
"We have to win Wisconsin, and we will with Wisconsin leading the way," he said.
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