Biden touted the president's plan to expand access to Pell Grants and ensure student loans are easier to pay back. He said education is the only way America will stay competitive.
"It's in the national interest of the USA that we move from 14th in the world in the number of people we graduate from college, back to No. 1," said Biden.
Biden also told the crowd that his party would support the middle class that has been crushed. He also promised an end to the war in Afghanistan and to reduce the national debt.
"We're going to continue to insist that the wealthy pay more to help us with the problem," Biden said.
However, not everyone on the college campus agreed with the vice president's message. Theo Rothstein, and his fellow UNC Asheville Republicans, held a demonstration during Biden's speech.
"I think he is selling college students short," said Rothstein. "I think he thinks they don't believe in reality that three in 10 college students will end up living with their parents. I know plenty of my friends (who) work in sushi restaurants (and) McDonald's, and they graduated with honors."
Rothstein said he supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, because they have the best plan to improve the economy and create more jobs for graduates.
The general election will be held Nov. 6.
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