Jill Biden in Colorado: "Nine days left -- I'm sure all of you are just as happy as I am"
It's the final countdown to Election Day and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is looking toward the finish line. At a campaign stop at an Obama field office in Lakewood last night, the Second Lady pushed the reelection of the Obama-Biden team as the right choice for women, veterans, students and more. She also reminded the volunteers that the end is in sight -- which, she said, she's a bit relieved about it.
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Speaking directly to campaign volunteers in the heart of Jefferson County, a key battleground within this important swing state, Biden praised the president's recovery agenda, saying, "They're specific and realistic plans that will help us rebuild our economy and...if you want to know more about it -- but you know what, I'm sure this crowd knows everything."
The comment prompted laughs from the audience. "Otherwise you wouldn't be here," she said.
Biden continued, "You know how he's going to create new jobs and train the best work force in the world and boost American-made energy and reduce our deficit and use some of the money from those wars to do some nation-building here at home.
Sam Levin Jill Biden in Lakewood.
"But 'forward' doesn't just happen on its own," she said. "You know, we have nine days left. I'm sure all of you are just as happy as I am...counting down, you know, every day you wake up and say how many more days!"
Despite the fatigue, she asked the crowd's members that they step it up and help Obama and Biden win Colorado.
"You have early vote here and it's going well," said Biden, a teacher by profession. "And this election is so crucial. It is so crucial, if you could just get out there. And I know you're tired. I know what it's like. I've been out there every single day that I'm not in that classroom, working to get reelected. So if you could just make a few more phone calls, knock on a few more doors, drive a few people to go vote, that's what's going to take us forward. It's not just me. It's not just Joe. It's not just Michelle. It's not just Barack. It's all of you. You are the ones who are going to take us to victory on November 6th."
The Second Lady's campaign stop last night -- and she has more events in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins today -- comes two weeks after the vice president rallied in Greeley for his first stop in Colorado this campaign season.
Obama, as is clear from the nearly weekly traffic jams he causes throughout the state, has held many rallies in Colorado over the last several months. His most recent event in City Park was his twelfth political event in the state this year.
The national spotlight was once again on Denver earlier this month for the first presidential debates -- and the state also got attention when freshly picked vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held one of his first big rallies in Colorado. Some have noted that Ryan has spent a lot more time in the media than Joe Biden -- but his wife, at least, will be getting some Colorado headlines on the campaign trail this week.
As for Ryan, he had rallies scheduled tomorrow in Greeley, Castle Rock and Cañon City, but they've been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall along the East Coast later today. Obama called off an event tomorrow for the same reason; he's tentatively scheduled to return to Colorado for a Boulder event on Thursday.
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