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Jill Biden headed to Wisconsin, Minnesota, as president’s administration launches bingo nights and pickleball outreach strategies



FILE - First lady Jill Biden speaks to families of sailors serving aboard the USS Delaware in Groton, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Biden is planning to meet with families of victims and others who were at a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee where where several people were killed and dozens were injured after an SUV plowed through the crowd. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Jill Biden is kicking off her husband’s outreach to older voters, an effort that will blend rallies and phone banks with social events like bingo nights and pickleball games.

While President Joe Biden is in Italy attending the Group of Seven summit, the first lady will travel to four swing states, including Wisconsin, to launch the Seniors for Biden-Harris effort.

Jill Biden’s travels will take her to Green Bay and Duluth, Minn., plus Reno and Phoenix, the campaign said.

While her events will feel like traditional rallies, the campaign also plans to use pickleball events and bingo nights to motivate older voters and keep them activated to help the campaign heading into November.

Older adults are more likely than the average American to vote, and they make up larger shares of the population in some key swing states. Biden, who outperformed previous Democrats with the demographic in 2020, is looking to expand on the gains as his campaign seeks to maximize its chances of defeating former President Donald Trump, the Republican presumptive nominee.

“Seniors are such a critical part of our coalition, and it is vitally important that we engage them this election cycle because they know President Biden is the only candidate in this race fighting for lower prescription drug and health care costs and to protect and safeguard Medicare and Social Security,” Biden campaign manager Julia Chavez Rodriguez said. “Dr. Biden is both a trusted voice for seniors speaking to the issues that matter most to them and a galvanizing force to activate our supporters ahead of the election.”

Jill Biden had spent much of the last 10 days at a federal courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware, supporting her son Hunter Biden, who on Tuesday was convicted on federal firearms charges. The swing marks her return to the campaign trail after the trying experience for her family.

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  1. walden

    June 13, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    Reaching out to senior voters via bingo and pickleball. How insulting.

    Apparently the 70+ years “dr” and her creepy 80+ husband are setting new boundaries for lacking self awareness by the hour.

    • Walden

      June 13, 2024 at 2:30 pm

      …and her teeth are very yellow; does she chew tobacco?

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