GIRL POWER Jill Bi­den, Anne Holton stump for Hil­lary Clin­ton in Phoenixville

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Two Demo­cratic Party lu­mi­nar­ies — Jill Bi­den and Anne Holton, wife of vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Tim Kaine — cam­paigned for Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton in the bor­ough Sun­day fo­cus­ing on ed­u­ca­tion and the econ­omy.

The two women re­minded the 63 cam­paign vol­un­teers at the Phoenixville Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee head­quar­ters about Clin­ton’s plat­form and urged them to con­tinue sup­port­ing her ef­forts.

“One of the hon­ors and priv­i­leges of this cam­paign is to travel around to the other 49 states and in­tro­duce our­selves and get to know you,” said Holton of the cam­paign.

Clin­ton as­signed Holton, a for­mer judge and for­mer Vir­ginia sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion, to travel across the coun­try to talk to ed­u­ca­tors, stu­dents and par­ents to find out “how can we work to­gether to make sure ev­ery stu­dent from ev­ery zip code has a suc­cess­ful path­way to the fu­ture.”

She then touted Clin­ton’s work with chil­dren and fam­i­lies dur­ing her ca­reer as a pub-

lic ser­vant.

“She has a real vi­sion for what we need to do to build an econ­omy for every­body, not just those at the top,” Holton said. “And in par­tic­u­lar an econ­omy that works for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.”

Clin­ton’s poli­cies would fo­cus on things like paid sick leave, rais­ing the min­i­mum wage and sup­port­ing com­mu­nity col­leges and other in­sti­tu­tions that cre­ate new job op­por­tu­ni­ties for work­ers, she said.

Kaine, Holton said, was ex­cited to be a “strong man sup­port­ing a strong woman at the top of the ticket.”

Bi­den focused her brief re­marks by thank­ing sup­port­ers for their help over the past eight years and ask­ing them to keep work­ing hard for Clin­ton.

“I know from our cam­paign when Barack and Joe and Michelle and I were run­ning that it’s peo­ple like you who are making the dif­fer­ence, and who made the dif­fer­ence for us,” said Bi­den, a Wil­low Grove na­tive, Up­per More­land High School grad­u­ate and col­lege pro­fes­sor. “It’s the work­ers. We couldn’t get to the fin­ish line with­out all of your hard work.”

The two women then

“I know from our cam­paign when Barack and Joe and Michelle and I were run­ning that it’s peo­ple like you who are making the dif­fer­ence, and who made the dif­fer­ence for us.” — Jill Bi­den

spent the rest of their time talk­ing to the crowd, sign­ing au­to­graphs and tak­ing pic­tures.

Mike Par­rish, the Demo­cratic can­di­date for the 6th House District who is run­ning against Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, called this year’s elec­tion “very dan­ger­ous.”

“It’s not just vot­ing for Amer­ica, it’s the idea of Amer­ica,” he said. “We want to keep our coun­try strong. We’re al­ready a great coun­try. We want to make it greater.”

Af­ter the event, sup­port­ers said they were ex­cited to see Bi­den and Holton stop by.

“They spoke about strong women and that kind of rings,” said Margo McMa­hon.

BARRY TAGLIEBER — FOR DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jill Bi­den, wife of Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, stopped by to speak to Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign sup­port­ers at the Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee head­quar­ters in Phoenixville on Sun­day.

BARRY TAGLIEBER — FOR DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

Anne Holton, wife of vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Tim Kaine, ad­dresses a crowd in Phoenixville dur­ing a Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign stop Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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