Jill Biden says she ‘fully supports’ President Joe Biden’s re-election

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Jill Biden declared himself “completely in favor” of the president on Monday Joe Bidens an attempt to remain as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee despite calls from some Democrats to withdraw him after his damaging performance in the debate against Donald Trump their confidence in him was shaken.

The president himself has brushed aside those calls, reiterating on Monday that he will not quit the race.

“Despite all the talk about this race, Joe has made it clear that he is all in,” the first lady told a military crowd in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first of three crucial states she visited.

“That’s the decision he made, and just as he’s always been supportive of my career, I’m going to go all in,” said Jill Biden, who teaches English and writing as a professor at a community college.

Later Monday, in a speech at an American Legion meeting in Tampa, Florida, she said her husband views support for the military and veterans as a “sacred duty” that she said contrasts with Trump.

“As commander in chief, President Biden wakes up every morning with the intention of working for you,” Jill Biden said. “Donald Trump wakes up every morning thinking about one person and one person alone: ​​himself.”

Danny Fuqua, chairman of the Florida Democratic Veterans Caucus, said Biden’s ties to the military make him the logical choice for November.

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“The Bidens are a military family. They are one of us. They don’t just see the uniform, they see the person in it,” Fuqua said.

Jill Biden delivered a speech to another military audience later Monday in Columbus, Georgia, home to the Army’s sprawling Fort Moore.

Her daylong tour was part of the Biden campaign’s broader effort to recover from the president’s faltering performance against Trump in debate from last month.

The debate led some Democrats in Congress and others to call for another candidate to challenge Trump, as they no longer believe the 81-year-old president is mentally and physically capable of defeating the former Republican president in November.

Jill Biden also announced the creation of an organizing group during her stay in Tampa: Veterans and Military Families for Biden-Harris.

“We cannot take anything for granted. We must seize this moment because our freedoms are at stake,” she said.

The President has maintained since the June 27 debate that he stays in the raceHe did so again Monday in a letter to congressional Democrats and during a telephone interview with MSNBC.

Jill Biden used her appearance to draw contrasts between her husband’s and Trump’s attitudes toward American military personnel, veterans and their families.

The President’s Dead Son Nice served in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, and the first lady’s father was a Navy signalman during World War II.

“This affects us personally,” she said, describing the wait times to reach a service member stationed overseas by phone or having to laugh at the absence of a loved one during vacations.

“Let me ask you this… Does Donald Trump know what it’s like?” she said.

The first lady cited reports that Trump, during a trip to France in 2018, described service members who made the ultimate sacrifice as “suckers” and “losers.” Trump denies making the comments.

“It’s outrageous, but it’s not surprising,” she said. And, noting that the Supreme Court has said presidents are immune from prosecution for actions committed in office, the first lady said “our democracy cannot withstand a Trump president with virtually no restrictions.”

“Members of our military honor their oath to support and defend the Constitution. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do the same,” she said. “You deserve a commander in chief who serves with integrity, wisdom, and character, and that is my man, Joe Biden.”

A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

During the debate, Biden and Trump sparred over who cares more about veterans. Biden noted that he recently visited an American military cemetery in Francethe final resting place for American soldiers who fought in World War I, which Trump conspicuously skipped during his 2018 trip.

Trump claimed during the debate that the Democratic president is coddling migrants while ignoring the needs of veterans and service members, and criticized Biden for the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

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Superville reported from Washington.

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