STORY BY SARAH GROSSMAN
It was announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will speak tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University.
Students are encouraged to attend the event, however, the deadline for reserving a ticket ended yesterday at 5 p.m.
His speech will reflect upon administrative economic policies, and is sponsored by Student Senate, the department of political science and The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement.
Students, particularly Sarah Shambrook, senior Law, Politics and Society and rhetoric double major, sees this as a beneficial opportunity for Drake.
“Anytime you see a public figure, or politician or any who is out in the world doing what theyre doing, you benefit by seeing what they have to say,” Shambrook said. “We’re still learning and enriching our learning experiences. It’s a good learning experience, and then the fact that it’s a vice president.”
Joe Biden (Dem.) is the 47th vice president of the United States. After serving in office since 2009, some might wonder if he will use these visits to promote himself for the 2016 presidental campaign.
“He’s a politician, he does politics,” Shambrook said. “I think all politicians speak to crowds and audiences with a certain intent in mind, I don’t know what Biden’s intent is, but I think he is going to follow the script that is given to him or that he has researched and go off of that. He is going to treat us as a voting audience but I’m sure he is going to do his research into Drake student body and surrounding areas.”
Regardless of speculation, Student Body President Joey Gale identified the reason for Biden’s visit.
“This visit is identified as an official visit from the Vice President of the United States, and not a political/campaign visit,” Gale said.
Gale believes Student Senate sponsorship is an opportunity for discussion on campus.
“The Student Senate was asked to sponsor the event as we felt it would be an appropriate forum for students to engage in an open and productive exchange of ideas, and encourage students to take part in the discussion of political affairs,” Gale said.
Michelle Obama visited Oct. 10, and with Biden’s upcoming visit, some students are curious why two powerful democrats have appeared at Drake without a rebuttal from any republican candidates.
However, Gale assures that Drake is open to all political figures.
“As a tax-exempt educational institution, Drake does not endorse or oppose any political part or candidate for public office,” Gale said
“We’re all kind of millennials and especially with the election coming we are a voting public, Drake University is. Everyone is pretty much over 18,” Shambrook said. “I think it could encourage people to vote which is a good thing, I also think it could encourage people to think harder about economics when it comes to the country and how we have a hand.”