MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s two weeks until Election Day and Dr. Jill Biden visited Lackawanna County Monday to mobilize voters and talk about her husband Joe Biden’s plans if he’s elected.
The former second lady took the stage in front of more than 200 cars for her drive-in rally in the parking lot at PNC Field.
Hours from the Pennsylvania voter registration deadline, Dr. Jill Biden urged the people of Lackawanna County to get out and vote, and emphasized the importance of early voting. The former educator spoke directly to teachers.
“While this has been such a difficult time for my colleagues, I have never been more proud to be an educator than right now,” Biden said.
The former second lady talked about Joe Biden’s plans to reopen schools safely.
She said her husband would guarantee quality public education for all children,
an important cause for Scranton School District teachers like Jennifer Talesco Loftus. She addressed the crowd before Biden.
“As a mom I worry about my own children attending the underfunded and unsafe schools that so many of us teach in,” Loftus said.
Biden hit on other key policies like protecting unions, creating well paying jobs, and affordable healthcare.
“It means protecting preexisting conditions and making prescription drugs affordable for everyone,” Biden said.
Another local teacher, Courtenay Degnon, says she and her daughter have pre-existing kidney conditions and she’s concerned about their healthcare. She believes Dr. Biden is in her corner.
“Dr. Biden is just backing us up, she’s backing our unions up, she’s backing our children and families up,” Degnon said.
“Joe cares about other people. The president we have cares about himself,” former Scranton mayor and Biden delegate Jim Connors said.
Luzerne County Republican Chairman Justin Behrens says the event is probably a Hail Mary for the Biden campaign.
“They know they’re losing northeastern Pennsylvania, they’re all going Republican. They waited until the last minute,” Behrens said.