First Lady Jill Biden kicked off a day filled with campaign events in Keystone State Wednesday, that will conclude with her attending Game Four of the World Series to cheer on her beloved Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies were top-of-mind, even as she made her first appearance in Pittsburgh – the home of the Pirates.
‘It’s wonderful to be here, actually, in my home state. I grew up in Pennsylvania. Even though it’s Pirates country,’ she said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the home of Cindy and David Shapira, the former head of the Giant Eagle grocery store chain.
‘We are all Pennsylvanians at heart, right?’ she said, garnering applause.
‘There are all values that we share, like seeing the Astros lose,’ she added.
‘Yes we can clap to that,’ she said, as the 30 or so audience members clapped more vigorously.
The first lady then headed to a get out the vote event for the American Federation of Teachers on Pittsburgh’s South Side – stumping for two Democratic House candidates, Chris Deluzio and Summer Lee.
‘Like a lot of educators to stay organized, I use to-do lists,’ Biden said. ‘So this election is going to be won or lost by where voting falls on your to-do list.’
‘This year races up and down the ballot are going to be so close. And the only way we’re going to win is by showing up,’ she continued.
‘So put voting at the top of your to-do list,’ the first lady added. ‘We all have that teacher voice. That makes people stop what they’re doing and pay attention. Well now is the time to use it.’
Dr. Biden was introduced by president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten who called her a ‘sea change’ from the last first lady, for ‘decency, competence, for science, for inclusion, for our kids.’
First Lady Jill Biden is captured arriving in Pittsburgh for a fundraiser and get out the vote event on Wednesday
Lee’s race to respresent Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is solidly Democratic, but Deluzio’s 17th Congressional District competition is rated a ‘toss up,’ with FiveThirtyEight giving Deluzio a slightly better chance of winning than Republican Jeremy Shaffer.
After her Western Pennsylvania stops, Dr. Biden will zip over to Allentown and host an event for Democratic Reps. Susan Wild and Madeleine Dean.
Wild’s race for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District is a true nail-biter. She’s fending off a bid from Republican Lisa Scheller. Wild beat Scheller by around 14,000 votes when the two women ran against each other for the seat in 2020.
Now with new distict lines drawn after the 2020 census, the district is more favorable to Scheller, as the red Carbon county was added in.
Dean, on the other hand, has a ‘very likely’ chance of retaking her seat, FiveThirtyEight predicts.
Her 4th Congressional District covers a suburban area north of Philadelphia.
She’s being challenged by Republican Christian Nascimento, who ‘accepted with reservation‘ the results of the 2020 election.
First Lady Jill Biden walks into an early voting site Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware to cast her ballot in the 2022 midterm elections. Dr. Biden will travel to both sides of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, boosting endangered Democrats and then attending a Phillies World Series game
First Lady Jill Biden grew up in suburban Philadelphia and has been a Philadelphia Phillies fan since girlhood. She’ll attend Game Four of the World Series Wednesday night as part of the Biden administration’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’ initiative
Biden’s final stop will be to Game Four of the World Series that pits the Philadelphia Phillies against the Houston Astros.
Philadelphia is 2-1 in the series, after dominating at home in Game Three, 7 to nothing.
The White House announced Monday that the first lady would make the trip as part of the administration’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’ initiative.
The trip was delayed one day, as Game Three, originally scheduled for Monday night, took place Tuesday due to rain.
It’s a tradition to dedicate a portion of Game Four to those affected by cancer, as part of the MLB’s partnership with Stand Up To Cancer.
The president and first lady haven’t been shy about showing off their Philly fandom during the baseball post-season.
Dr. Biden was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a town just north of Philadelphia.
The president was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, with his closest major league sports teams located in Philadelphia.
The first lady returned to the White House wearing a Phillies jersey on October 23, the night the team beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League title.
President Joe Biden on Friday showed a Philadelphia crowd that he was sporting Phillies’ socks
That win put them in the World Series against Houston.
At a recent fundraiser Dr. Biden spoke about how growing up her family spent more time talking about the Philadelphia Phillies than politics.
The president showed his Philly love on Friday by lifting up his leg at a fundraiser for Democrats John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro and showing the Philadelphia crowd he was wearing Phillies socks.
‘Oh, God, I love Philly,’ Biden said. ‘I love Philly so much I married a Philly girl.’
He then pulled up his pantleg to show off his red socks with the trademark cursive ‘P.’
‘We got a good year going – the Phillies and the Eagles,’ he continued. ‘Look, folks, I better get this on the way because the Phillies are playing tonight. And I love you all, but I’d like to see the game too,’ the president added.
Earlier this month, the first lady also attended a Philadelphia Eagles game, which was also part of her cancer advocacy.
That appearance created headlines when a video went around the internet that appeared to show the crowd vigorously booing the first lady.
That video was later found to have been manipulated.
Philadelphia sports fans have a reputation for being hostile, thanks to a 1968 incident in which Eagles fans were so angry at the team’s poor season they booed Santa Claus.