Jill Biden plans Duluth visitJill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will make a campaign swing through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a stop in Duluth on Saturday afternoon.
By: Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota may not be considered a swing state when it comes to the presidential race, but Duluth and Minneapolis will get a touch of national politics this weekend.
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will make a campaign swing through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a stop in Duluth on Saturday afternoon.
She will thank Obama campaign volunteers, said Kristin Sosanie, the state communications director for the Obama campaign.
“There a good organization up there,” Sosanie said.
The second lady is expected to arrive at the Duluth Labor Temple, 2002 London Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday to also encourage people to keep canvassing voters for the Nov. 6 election. She has a similar morning event in Minneapolis.
“We’re trying to make sure turnout is high,” Sosanie said.
Biden will begin her trip Friday in northern Iowa. She will go to a fundraiser in Minneapolis on Friday night and then a campaign office Saturday morning. Plans for Wisconsin stops Sunday and Monday are pending.
The Bidens made an appearance Wednesday in Las Vegas and the vice president slammed Obama opponent Mitt Romney on women’s issues. During stump speeches in North Carolina last weekend, Jill Biden also stressed women’s issues.
The last time a vice president’s wife visited Duluth was during the 2004 presidential campaign, when Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, made a stop at Cirrus Aviation headquarters.
The Bidens visited southern Minnesota in September.
Jill Biden teaches English at a community college in Virginia and has focused on post-secondary education and military family issues during her husband’s term as vice president.
The Twin Ports, with its numerous colleges, makes a good stop for Jill Biden’s talks on education, Sosanie said.
“She’s great talking to students,” she said.
More politics will play out Saturday in Superior as Republican Tommy Thompson makes a 9 a.m. stop at Aces on 29th at 2827 Oakes Ave. Thompson is involved in a close race with Democrat Tammy Baldwin.