Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans
Added 05-04-21 06:58:02am EST - “The White House is deploying first lady Jill Biden across the country as a key asset to build support for President Biden's proposed investments in infrastructure, child care and education.” - Thehill.com
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The White House is deploying first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Biden offers well wishes on Orthodox Easter, notes progress in coronavirus fight MORE across the country as a key asset to build support for President BidenJoe Biden1.6 million US air passengers fly in a day for first time since last March Biden administration eyeing long-term increase in food stamps: report Conspiracy against the poor MORE’s proposed investments in infrastructure, child care and education.
The first lady joined the president on a trip to a Virginia elementary school and community college on Monday, and she is scheduled to travel out West later this week to Utah, Nevada and Colorado as the administration coordinates a publicity blitz in support of the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The trip to Utah, a red state, is noteworthy, as administration officials have generally visited Democratic-run states or swing states to push its agenda thus far.
While first ladies have often hit the road to boost the president’s agenda, experts say Biden is well positioned to build support for the White House agenda because of her experience as a political spouse and her decades spent as a teacher.
“When we have seen first ladies who have professional backgrounds, who have areas of expertise that can be tapped into, then I think the White House is very smart to deploy them as a surrogate,” said Lara Brown, director of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and an opinion contributor for The Hill.
“Not just because they are an expert in that area, but also because they are seen as the person who knows the president the best and knows sort of the president’s priorities and can actively convey the commitment and the passion that a president has for certain issues,” she added.
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