First lady Jill Biden campaigned for Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly on Saturday afternoon in south Phoenix. Biden and Kelly held a launch for canvassing in advance of Election Day on Tuesday, with the goal of increasing Democrat voter turnout as well as encouraging voters who aren't sure to vote to support the incumbent.
While numerous issues were discussed, the economy was an important topic.
The First Lady stated that Democrats “have achieved lots. They saved our nation from chaos caused by the pandemic. They have created millions of jobs and they're working hard to reduce the cost to families.”
“We have to use these last three days to get out the vote,” Biden declared.
Kelly spoke before Biden, during which Kelly praised his record as a senator.
“I will be fighting for middle class taxpayers and working class people,” Kelly stated. “And unions.”
The senator is locked in a tense race with Republican presidential candidate Blake Masters. Kelly maintained a lead in the polls for months however, the gap has dwindled.
“We cannot keep the momentum going without Mark Kelly,” Jill Biden stated.
RealClearPolitics reports that Kelly is ahead with a margin of 1 percent as per their polling data.
Republicans have criticized the decision of the Democrat to run with Biden and National Education Association teachers union President Becky Pringle on Saturday.
“For his closing argument, Mark Kelly decided to remind Arizonans he votes with Joe Biden 94 percent of the time and backs the teachers unions that locked kids out of school over COVID,” Republican National Committee spokesman Ben Petersen said in a statement.
Although the president has been campaigning in states such as Florida, which is likely to maintain its Republican trend, The First Lady has also been working to advocate for Democrats. The president, however, has a disapproval rating of 58 percent in Arizona according to Morning Consult.A White House source reportedly told The New York Times in October that Jill Biden is the most frequently sought-after endorsement in Biden's administration.