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Jill Biden makes campaign stop in WC

Wife of Democratic presidential candidate visits as part of No Malarky Bus Tour

Dr. Jill Biden, right, speaks to prospective voters at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

“As a professor of writing, I always tell my students that words matter,” Dr. Jill Biden told a group of potential voters at Mornin’ Glory Coffee on Monday afternoon.

Biden, spouse of former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, stopped in Webster City to campaign for her husband, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

“Donald Trump has always known the power of words,” Jill Biden said. “And he spent a lifetime attempting to talk his way into success and prestige and, most of all, profit.”

But beneath President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, Biden said, “what you have to see is that he doesn’t want to run against my husband. … He knows that no one is better suited to bring this country together than my husband, Joe.”

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are “complete opposites,” Jill Biden said.

Prospective voters listen to Dr. Jill Biden, not pictured, speak at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

“Joe knows more than anyone how to bring people together, to stand up for what’s right and get things done,” she said. “He will be a steady – and I want to emphasize that, steady – and strong commander in chief, who will lead with vision and experience from the moment he walks into the Oval Office. And he has the character and the courage to lead us forward.”

With 63 days until the Iowa Caucuses, Iowans have a choice to make, Biden said, a choice of what the voters want for the country’s future.

“A commander in chief you can trust,” she said. “A leader who brings people together instead of tearing families apart like we’ve seen at the borders of our country. A president we can feel proud of, who believes that our best days are ahead of us. And there’s only one candidate in this race that has the experience to do that. There’s only one candidate who can bring people together who’s proven over and over again, and there’s only one candidate who can beat Donald Trump in places like Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania. And that candidate is Joe Biden.”

Many Iowa caucusgoers are not decided on which candidate they will support, Biden said, and with the caucuses just two months away, now is the time to commit to caucusing for Joe Biden, she said.

“I think that this election is a referendum on character and I think that they’re looking, I think Iowans and Americans are looking for a strong leader who has the resilience and the integrity and the experience,” Jill Biden said. “Joe’s ready on Day 1. And most importantly, the polls are showing that Joe is the one who can beat Donald Trump in states like Ohio and Wisconsin and Florida and Pennsylvania. … It’s proven that Joe is the one to beat Donald Trump. That’s our bottom line – we must beat Donald Trump.”

Joni Caufield holds her grandson Hudson, age 15 months, both of Webster City, during an event with Dr. Jill Biden, not pictured, at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Biden's husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

Diane Breen Burch drove all the way over from Fort Dodge to see Biden speak.

“I thought she was terrific, I really did,” she said. “My father was in politics years and years and years ago. Wives never went out, never.”

Breen Burch is already planning to support Joe Biden in the caucuses.

“I’ve been following him for a long time, when he was with Obama, and I just think he’s the guy,” she said. “He’s going to beat Trump because he’s honest, he knows everybody in the political field in Washington … he’s not ignorant.”

Jill Biden also fielded a few questions from some of the 40 or so people at the event.

Dr. Jill Biden speaks to prospective voters at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

LuAnn Garvey, of Webster City, asked Biden about her husband’s policies on immigration.

“Our Hispanic population is growing in Webster City. What is Joe’s policy on immigration, like the 11 million who are here illegally? What does he want to do with those people?” she asked.

Jill Biden explained her husband wants a “responsible pathway to citizenship” for immigrants.

“We need immigrants here,” Garvey said, to add to the local workforce.

Biden wanted her message to the voters – undecided or otherwise – to be clear.

Dr. Jill Biden, right, speaks to prospective voters at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

“No matter what, we must beat Donald Trump,” she said.

Dr. Jill Biden, center, speaks to prospective voters at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

Dr. Jill Biden speaks to prospective voters at Mornin' Glory Coffee as 15-month-old Hudson wanders away from his grandmother Joni Caufield, of Webster City, on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

- Photos by Brendan Hoffman Dr. Jill Biden, second from right, speaks to Joni Caufield and her grandson Hudson at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Her husband, former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

Diane Breen Burch of Fort Dodge sports a pin with a picture of former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. during an appearance by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at Mornin' Glory Coffee on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Webster City, Iowa. Joe Biden is running for president in the Democratic primary, and is currently on an eight-day No Malarky bus tour around the state.

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