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Jill Biden Promises More United Country

Former Second Lady makes campaign stops in Madison, Waukesha County.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Sep 29th, 2020 09:55 am
Former Second Lady Jill Biden made a stop in Eagle, Wisconsin, on Monday, Sept. 28 on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign for the 2020 November election. Corrinne Hess/WPR

Former Second Lady Jill Biden made a stop in Eagle, Wisconsin, on Monday, Sept. 28 on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign for the 2020 November election. Corrinne Hess/WPR

Former Second Lady Jill Biden painted a picture of a new America on Nov. 4, with her husband elected president and a country at ease.

Biden made two campaign stops Monday in Wisconsin to participate in a Get Out The Vote initiative.

“You start to worry about your day and then it hits you — Joe Biden won the election and pretty soon, there will be a nationwide strategy to end the pandemic,” the former Second Lady told a small group of supporters at a farm in Waukesha County on Monday afternoon. “You check the news and there is no pit in your stomach. Your shoulders don’t tense. For the first time in so long, you take a deep breath and feel hope.”

Evoking former President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan of “Hope,” Biden told the group that electing her husband would restore hope again.

Biden spoke to voters in the Town of Eagle about former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s plan to boost the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. She also discussed her husband’s other proposals to lower health care costs and protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The farm in Eagle belongs to Amy Kinosian, a former fifth-grade teacher and Democratic supporter. In 2011, Kinosian attended a town hall meeting held by former Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and questioned his voting record.

Kinosian was not in attendance Monday.

Before Biden’s 13-minute speech, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske spoke, saying she was endorsing a candidate for the first time in 40 years and it would be Joe Biden.

“I could not remain silent as this race went on,” Geske said. “It is important that we look at what what is happening at the (federal) Supreme Court today, tomorrow and the next few weeks because it will affect our lives and our children’s lives for years and years to come. If Donald Trump succeeds this appointment, we could see our country strip the country of affordable health care.”

The former second lady said if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the pre-existing conditions protections are no longer in place, the more than 7 million people who have had COVID-19 are now at greater risk.

“At almost every turn, this administration has failed to prevent and mitigate (coronavirus), they’ve made it worse,” Biden said. “As the pandemic rages, they’re attacking the health care coverage millions of Americans rely on.”

Before her stop in Eagle, she was at Daisy’s Café in Madison where she discussed several ways Wisconsinites can cast their ballot this year, including by mail, at a drop box location, early in-person, or in-person on Election Day, according to a statement released by the Biden campaign.

Eagle is in Waukesha County, part of the suburban WOW counties (Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington) that have historically turned out big for Republicans. Trump won the counties in 2016, but by smaller margins than Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. The WOW counties also saw higher levels of support for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in 2016.

The Joe Biden and President Donald Trump campaigns have focused heavily on Wisconsin. Last week, Biden was in Manitowoc, where he focused his speech on the coronavirus pandemic; and a few days before that, he campaigned just over the border in the Duluth area.

Also last week, Vice President Mike Pence was in Eau Claire, his third stop to western Wisconsin in three months.

The Trump campaign announced Monday the president will be in La Crosse and Green Bay on Saturday.

Listen to the WPR report here.

Jill Biden Paints Picture Of United Country Under Biden Administration was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

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