Vice President Joe Biden's wife will visit Allentown next week when she returns home to Pennsylvania for a seven-city tour as an advocate for her husband and the Obama campaign.
Dr. Jill Biden, the English school teacher raised in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, will hold events in Harrisburg, Scranton (her husband's hometown), Hazleton and Allentown on Monday. The next day she'll be in Reading, Lancaster and Philadelphia.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a surrogate for the Obama campaign, said a location for her visit to the Lehigh Valley has yet to be decided.
Dr. Biden, who hasn't campaigned as frequently as her husband, or the President and the First Lady, is beginning to pop up more often on the trail. In an article about her 2012 role published in Politico on Monday, Obama's senior campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said that he wanted to use her more.
“She is as grounded and as normal a person as you can find,” Axelrod told Politico for the article about Dr. Biden. “I think the fact that she’s not someone who feels that comfortable at the front of a room speaking — unless they’re students — speaks to who she is. She is really genuine.”
Dr. Biden was most recently in Pennsylvania just last month for a women's event in Pittsburgh with Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The visit from the vice president's wife, however, underscores Pennsylvania's role this campaign cycle: second tier. Likewise, over the weekend, Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, campaigned in and around Philadelphia. Later this month, his wife, Ann Romney, is expected in the state.
While the GOP presidential nominee added a campaign stop in Valley Forge after a fundraiser in Philadelphia last week, Romney, Obama and their respective running mates haven't spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania this cycle compared to the well-trodden battlegrounds like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun