First Lady Jill Biden is deviating from the norm to hit the midterm election campaign trail heavier than any of her predecessors as she traverses the country, making more campaign appearances and active fundraising efforts.
The First Lady made solo visits to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin as President Joe Biden has been traveling through the west of the country.
First Lady Biden has been focusing on top concerns of her portfolio, like education, COVID-19, and the military. Biden has also been fundraising for Democrats.
At a private Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser on Wednesday (October 12) in Nashville’s Hillsboro-West End neighborhood, Biden said “we have to act now.”
She also asked attendees to “imagine” what Biden “could do with a few more partners in Congress.”
Former First Lady Melania Trump was primarily out of sight during the 2018 midterm elections, opting to stay home in the last days before the elections, while then-President Donald Trump held campaign rallies throughout the country.
During the 2014 midterms, former First Lady Michelle Obama — who had a distaste for campaigning — was on the receiving end of criticism for her absence beyond events like the get-out-the-vote initiatives.
According to reporting by The Hill, a senior advisor to the First Lady explained Biden plans to “be an active campaigner for Democrats this fall and will carry a message of optimism and hope, focusing on the accomplishments of her husband’s administration.”
Her purpose on the campaign is to remind voters that the President “is delivering results” and share her “personal experience and perspective as a woman who lived in the pre-Roe era.”