Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden Visits Northland

By KBJR News 1

October 20, 2012 Updated Oct 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - With 17 days until voters cast their ballots, the Second Lady of the United States made a campaign stop in Duluth Saturday.

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden spoke to hundreds of voters at Duluth's Labor Temple.

"Our second lady, Dr. Jill Biden," A military veteran said.

With more than two weeks to go before election day, the Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, is campaigning in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The Second Lady says if re–elected, the Obama administration will continue to invest in quality education.

"Are there teachers here today?" Dr. Jill Biden said.

While her husband serves the nation as Vice President, Dr. Biden teaches English at a community college in Virginia.

She's one of the only second ladies to hold a salaried job in-term.

In the last four years, she says the Obama administration has doubled the funding for those college students eligible for the Pell Grant.

"I know how tough it is for families to have a loved one deployed," Biden said.

Dr. Biden also thanked war veterans and those currently servicing in the U.S. Military.

Biden's son Beau was deployed in Iraq.

"You never stop worrying every single day that your son or daughter is safe," Biden said.

When Barack Obama and Joe Biden were elected into office, Dr. Biden says she had one wish.

"President Obama was going to end the war in Iraq, and he kept his promise," Biden said.

Dr. Biden also discussed women's rights.

"We have to make sure that our daughters and granddaughters don't have to go back and re–fight those same battles that we had decades ago," Biden said.

She highlighted what the administration has done for the job market, saying there have been 31 months of consecutive job growth.

Thanks to the Obama administration, Dr. Biden says the auto industry has been resurrected and the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is history.

"We've got to keep moving forward," Biden said.

Before the event got underway, Dr. Biden and her team had lunch at Sammy's Pizza in Duluth.

Biden bought pizza volunteers who spent the morning door knocking.

Voters responded to Dr. Biden's visit.

"She covered al of her high points for sure. And the ones that really resonated for people here," Emily Larson, a Duluth resident said.

"Her coming basically let us know that she appreciates our efforts and jazzes us to get out. To get out and get out the vote," Deb Landon, an event attendee said.

Eighth District congressional candidate Rick Nolan and a military veteran also spoke at today's campaign event.

Justin Reis, NNC. jreis@northlandsnewscenter..com