State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Jill Biden campaigns in Harrisburg

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 8, 2012 1:31 PM
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Jill Biden is taking a two-day tour of central and eastern Pennsylvania on behalf of her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Obama.

First stop, Harrisburg, where about 150 people gathered as Mrs. Biden spoke at an Obama-Biden campaign headquarters in Harrisburg.

“Even if my husband Joe’s name weren’t on the ballot, I would be out working in this election,” she said. A handful of volunteers clutched clipboards filled with voter registration forms as she noted the October ninth registration deadline.

“It’s going to take all of us, every single one of you in here,” said Mrs. Biden. “The voter registration is just hours away here in Pennsylvania.”

The largest cheer came when she noted people still need to be reminded the state’s voter ID law won’t be enforced this November.

“We’ve got to get the news out to people that they do not need a photo ID,” said Mrs. Biden.

Polls from September, before the first presidential debate, show just a small sliver of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided about their preferred candidate. Fred Waters, a retired Teamster and capital city resident, isn’t among them. The staunch Obama supporter waited in the crowd to hear Mrs. Biden speak – not that he was hanging on her every word.

“She can say, ‘Hi, have a great day,’ and walk out -- I’m still voting for him [Obama],” said Waters. “It don’t matter because I know what they been trying to do. I’ve seen the struggles they’ve been trying to go through. He already got my vote.”

A spokesman for the Obama campaign says Mrs. Biden was most recently in Pennsylvania in mid-September, when she held a campaign event in Pittsburgh.  Her Keystone State campaigning continues Tuesday with stops in Reading, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.

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