The wife of Vice President Joe Biden praised the Obama administration’s efforts to support women, and she called on female supporters and others to continue to work hard to back the campaign in the final weeks of the 2012 election.
Jill Biden spoke at a late afternoon rally Saturday outside an Obama campaign office off Sardis Road near Matthews, the latest in a long string of visits by the campaign and that of Republican Mitt Romney in recent months.
The nation’s second lady told the mostly female audience that much is at stake in the election, and she said the president and her husband have “stood up for the rights of women every single day. That’s who they are.”
For example, Biden pointed to President Barack Obama’s signing of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and his appointments of women to top cabinet and federal judicial positions. She said health care reform will help ensure, in part, that women won’t pay co-pays on preventive measures such as mammograms. “Thanks to their many efforts, we have insurance companies who will no longer be able to charge women more than they charge men,” she said.
Biden also spoke of the administration’s efforts to support community colleges and end the war in Iraq. She said re-electing the Obama-Biden ticket would help the country continue to move forward. “Moving forward means that no matter what, we will keep working so that everybody in this country can create a better life for themselves no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love,” Biden said.