Biden touts husband as a president citizens can respect

Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks to the audience during a meet-and-greet at the home of Andy McKean in Anamosa Oct. 4. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Iowa Rep. Andy McKean (right) introduces Jill Biden during Friday’s event.
Pete Temple
Express Associate Editor

Offering the recurring themes of experience, respect, and the goal of defeating President Donald Trump, Dr. Jill Biden spoke during a meet-and-greet at the home of Andy McKean Oct. 4 in Anamosa. 

Dr. Biden told an audience of about 40 that her husband, Joe Biden, is the best choice among the many candidates competing for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. 

It was the second of five stops she made in Eastern Iowa Friday. 

“Whoever you’re leaning toward, can that person beat Donald Trump?” she asked. “We’re Democrats, or Independents, or you can be Republicans here. It doesn’t matter. We have to beat Donald Trump, and that’s the bottom line.” 

Biden asked the audience to imagine a scene in the summer of 2021, sitting down over coffee and picking up the morning newspaper. 

“You open up the front page, and it’s not about some late-night tweets,” she said. “It’s about how we’re building on the Affordable Care Act. It’s about how we’re offering universal Pre-K to our children in the schools. It’s about how someone is finally standing up to the NRA, and we’re not having shootings in our schools. And it gives you a little bit of hope about how things are going to change.” 

She then had the audience imagine turning on the television to watch the news. 

“If you’re like me, every morning, you just think, ‘I can’t start my day like this,’ and you start screaming back at the TV. 

“But (in the future scenario), you tell your kids from the other room, “Come here, we want you to see the President of the United States. Because it’s a president that you feel proud of, that you want the kids to hear. 

“And in my mind, that president is Joe Biden. Because he’s the only one who’s running who I think can work on both sides of the aisle. Who has a very strong character. Who is a man of integrity, who is someone you can respect. Someone who knows every leader on the world stage. 

“And you might see the first lady there, and you might say, thank God somebody’s working on education,” added Biden, who has been a teacher for 35 years. 

Biden said her husband’s experience as vice president also sets him above the others. 

“As you look around at who you want to support for president, you have to look at what’s important to you, how the next democratic president is going to change things,” she said. “Because God knows, this administration has torn down everything the Obama/ Biden administration has stood for. So we’ve got to be able to put it back together quickly. 

“Joe walks in on day one, and he gets to work. It’s not like he has to read the manual.” 

Regarding the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, Dr. Biden said, “Joe wants to build on the ACA. It wasn’t perfect, but let’s build on it. Whether it’s the ACA or private, all Americans deserve to be covered.” 

She encouraged those in attendance to sign up to caucus for her husband in February, wanting to “pull you into our team. 

“People say, ‘Well, I don’t know, we have to think about it.’ What are you waiting for?” 

McKean spoke both at the beginning and end of Biden’s event, echoing some of her themes. 

“We have an extremely critical election ahead of us,” McKean said. “I think the future of our country depends on it. It’s the most important decision of our lifetime.” 


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