Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Ocala

Mitt Romney also hits campaign trail in Tampa, Coral Gables

OCALA, Fla. - Vice president Joe Biden hit the campaign trail in Florida on Wednesday to speak in Ocala and Sarasota.

Biden first attended a grassroots event in Sarasota before heading Tuscawilla Park to speak at a rally. He spoke to about 2,500 people about the economy and gave specifics about the president's second-term plans.

"Who do you trust to stand up for the middle class? Who do you trust to put America's interest before his own? Barack Obama is the man you should trust," Biden told the crowd.

Biden also talked heavily about education, saying it is more important to President Barack Obama than Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

"Ladies and gentlemen, to them, education is an afterthought," Biden said. "For us its the foundation upon which the middle class was built. "

After the event, a shuttle was available to take people to an election center in Ocala so they could vote early.

Both parties have made it clear that Florida is a necessary win to take office. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday he will return to Florida on Sunday to campaign in Fort Lauderdale. He was in New Jersey on Wednesday to survey storm damage.

Biden was on the campaign trail Monday, when Obama canceled his own events for the day and returned to Washington to monitor the storm and federal response. The vice president campaigned Monday with former President Bill Clinton.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney also campaigned on Wednesday  in Tampa and Coral Gables with Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush and  U.S. Rep Connie Mack.

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