First Lady fights for Democrats during Rhode Island visit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made multiple stops across Rhode Island Wednesday to support Democrats on the ballot — with midterm elections less than two weeks away.

After flying into Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, she made stops at Rhode Island College, the Graduate Hotel in Providence, and Cranston. She was flanked throughout the day by multiple Democrat state leaders.

“Lives are on the line,” said Biden. “Together, we can vote in Dan McKee and Seth Magaziner.”

Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley said this is an example of the party’s unity.

“It’s so important that we have strong leadership in our federal delegation, in our state house, and at the local level,” said Smiley. “The message is that it takes a whole team. We need a united delegation in congress to make sure Rhode Island moves forward.”

However, Republican candidate for governor, Ashley Kalus, has continuously called the First Lady’s visit a desperate move.

She explained at her “People Over Party Rally” Tuesday, “I mean, desperate campaigns do desperate things. He needs to call people in from D.C. to bail him out. That’s unfortunate. I don’t need to have a D.C. party at a critical time. But I get it — he needs help.”

Democrat state Rep. Karen Alzate believes this visit has added significance to an already critical midterm election cycle.

“I feel empowered by [Jill Biden]. People in my community are realizing the importance of these elections,” she concluded.

General elections across the state are Nov. 8.

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