Jill Biden says ‘the election is going to be won or lost by where the vote falls on your to-do list’

On Wednesday, First Lady Jill Biden joined Pennsylvania Democrats in Pittsburgh with the American Federation of Teachers, telling attendees at a vote rally that the election will end in small moments of action.

“This election is going to be won or lost by where the vote lands on your to-do list,” she said, addressing teachers and students.

Biden, a community college educator, joined Allegheny County lawmakers and teachers on a 20-day bus tour to mobilize voters ahead of the Nov. 8 general election and encourage people to vote for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania.

The rally focused on investing in education and warned against electing politicians who support banning school books, increasing corporate tax cuts and attacks on unions .

AFT chairman Randi Weingarten said the choices on the ballot represent people trying to solve problems and the “problems”.

“While every election is important, you all know that midterm it could really come down to a handful of votes,” Biden said.

In his remarks, Biden said the election presents voters with a choice between “two radically different visions of our future.”

In one, voters could build on what she called “historic progress” by electing state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny and Chris Deluzio to two open seats in Congress from the west. of Pennsylvania.

She warned that more Republicans in power could put unions at risk, saying the GOP was “putting Social Security and Medicaid on the chopping block” and trying to pass a nationwide ban on abortion.

“This election is going to be all about those little moments,” she said. “A ballot cast, a phone call to a neighbor who may have forgotten to vote, a trip offered to the polling station. Again and again, these small actions add up to something much bigger than anything we can do alone. It starts with you. It starts with each of us digging a little deeper, working a little harder, and believing that together, yes, we will win.

Rob Mitchell, a Spanish teacher at Westinghouse Academy, encouraged voters to elect Democrats Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis as governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. He also promoted Mandy Steele and Arvind Venkat, candidates for the state House of Representatives, and Senator Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny, who is seeking re-election.

“If they win, we win. Pennsylvania wins. America wins,” Mitchell said, adding that voters should elect candidates who “protect” democracy, the right to vote, public schools and health care. health.

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