Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Thursday morning, before stopping at a North Las Vegas school to surprise students.
The vice president was introduced at Thursday's campaign event by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV.
Around 600 people showed up for the event, according to the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Many people in the crowd represented Culinary Union 226.
Biden told the crowd he felt at home speaking to union members.
"We need to expand the middle class. You unions built middle class," said Biden.
The vice president attacked GOP challenger Mitt Romney on a number of issues including immigration, job creation and tax plans. He also encouraged the crowd to vote early.
"Don't wait to have your voice heard," said Biden.
Early voting begins Saturday in Nevada.
After his campaign speech, Biden made a surprise visit to students at Matt Kelly Elementary School in North Las Vegas, according to a Vice President Press Pool report.
Students were gathered on a basketball court outside the school to meet Biden. After greeting the students, a boy asked Biden if he could deliver a message to the president.
"Sure," Biden said.
"Can you tell him to come here?" the boy said.
"Well he's back East now," Biden told the student, according to the press pool report.
Biden then indicated that he'd pass the boy's message along to President Obama.
Biden was approached by a teacher who told him he was great in his debate. Biden kissed the teacher saying, "My wife's a teacher."
Biden picked up a few students one-by-one before excusing himself to leave for McCarran International Airport.
The vice president was originally slated to address supporters in Vegas Tuesday. Plans were postponed after the vice president opted to attend the funeral for former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.
Biden's Nevada visit is his third time in Las Vegas in four months. The Obama campaign says Biden has been in the state eight times now since the start of his term as vice president.
Early voting starts Saturday in Nevada and ends Nov. 2, just days before the Nov. 6 presidential election.
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