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Former Vice President Joe Biden Campaigns for Brendan Kelly

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Just days after President Donald Trump campaigned for Republican Congressman Mike Bost, Bost’s Democratic opponent brought in his own big name. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Brendan Kelly and a slew of other Illinois Democrats at a "Get out the vote" rally in East St. Louis Wednesday afternoon. 

"The only thing strong enough to rip America apart is America itself," Biden said, "We’ve seen it start, and we’ve got to make sure it stops now."

At the rally, Biden called on those in attendance to ensure they, and everyone they know, vote saying this year’s election is about more than just politics, but instead the nation’s values. 

"We're in a situation where the character of the country is on the ballot in a way that it hasn’t been in my lifetime," Biden said.

He said that in the past few years, political discussion in the country has turned into something he doesn’t recognize. What used to be relationships built on disagreement over policy but mutual respect has turned into overt contempt for those across the aisle.

"It’s on our leaders to begin to change the tone, dial down the temperature, to restore some dignity to our national dialogue," Biden said. 

Kelly, who is engaged in one of the nation’s most closely-watched congressional races with Bost, says its great to have heavy-hitting Democrats like Biden supporting him, but in the end its not their support that matters.

"It’s great to have all of the support we can from all over the place, including people like the former Vice President, but in the end, this will be up to the people of southern Illinois," Kelly said. 

Other Democratic hopefuls, including Governor candidate JB Pritzker and Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul spoke at the rally, calling for a unified Democratic Party on Election Day.

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