GIRL POWER Jill Biden, Anne Holton stump for Hillary Clinton in Phoenixville
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-
“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.
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.
Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, addresses a crowd in Phoenixville during a Hillary Clinton campaign stop Sunday afternoon.