Rolling in mere days before the top Republican presidential candidates will arrive to draw the nation’s political spotlight on Southern California, First Lady Jill Biden touched down in Los Angeles to raise funds for her husband’s reelection campaign.
The Democratic first lady arrived in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Sept. 23, to spotlight achievements of her husband’s administration at a private home.
The appearance was her next-to-last to last stop in her West Coast swing. Earlier in the week, she spoke at Biden Victory Fund events in Seattle, Washington. After her speech, she trekked to Hollywood Burbank airport and on to San Diego for the final event. The fundraiser was hosted days before top GOP candidates swoop into Southern California for the second Republican presidential debate and the state’s GOP convention.
“Over the years I’ve been continually inspired by his resilience and his optimism,” Jill Biden told about 45 people gathered for a fundraiser at the home of Daphna Ziman, co-founder and president of Cinémoi USA and the founder of Children Uniting Nations.
“He has an unshakable hope in the future of our country,” she added. “Anyone can tell you what they want to do, but Joe can tell you what he’s done.”
Jill Biden is no stranger to Southern California, having made multiple appearances here, including a visit to the Homeboy Industries nonprofit job-training complex last year and delivering the keynote address at Los Angeles City College’s commencement. She has also accompanied her husband to such events at the Summit of the Americas.
She said her husband’s leadership helped pass climate change legislation, appointed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and battled Big Pharma and won, decreeing lower prices for prescription drugs and a cap on the price of insulin.
“He did this all with integrity, humanity, and wisdom because that’s who he is, but there’s so much more we need to do,” Biden said.
She said that there was “no one I’d rather have in my corner” than President Joe Biden to support and fight for women’s rights, such as making their own healthcare decisions about pregnancy, allowing access to contraception and letting women make choices about their future.
“We will not let the MAGA Republican agenda be the legacy that we leave to our daughters and our granddaughters,” she said, “because we know what’s in store.”
Speaking of Republicans, as Jill Biden rolled in and out of Southern California, high-profile GOP candidates were poised to roll in.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Simi Valley’s Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is scheduled to host the second GOP presidential debate. The forum will be broadcast on Fox Business Network and Univision from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
It wasn’t clear as of Saturday who would comprise the six debaters at the Reagan Library. Republican National Committee leaders are expected to confirm attendees on Monday. Attendees could include such candidates as former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among others.
Former President Donald Trump, however, won’t be there. Trump, who also skipped the first debate last month, plans to meet with current and former union workers in Michigan instead of participating in the Simi Valley showdown. Trump has raised doubt whether he will participate in any of the debates and was also critical of the choice of the Reagan Library as a forum site.
Trump, as well as many other top GOP hopefuls, has confirmed he will be in Anaheim on Friday for the California Republican Party’s fall convention. The convention is scheduled at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
Source: Orange County Register