ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, told a crowd of roughly 100 supporters in Rochester Thursday, Oct. 15, to "put our shoulders back and work" to get out each and every vote in what could be a tight race for Minnesota's 10 electoral votes.
"One vote can make the difference between winning and losing a precinct," the former second lady said at Rochester's Essex Park. "One precinct could win a state. And one state — this state — could decide our future for generations to come. So, will you be that one vote?"
The stop was the latest in Minnesota for the Biden-Harris presidential campaign.
Jill Biden highlighted an event featuring two DFL candidates for the Minnesota Senate: Aleta Borrud, who is running for the District 26 seat, and Sara Flick, who hopes to win the District 25 race. Next, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith spoke before introducing Jennifer Santos Norgren, a surgical core technician at Mayo Clinic, who talked about getting a new president with a plan for COVID-19, and a president who will show respect for immigrants like her husband, who came to the United States from Mexico.
"The lack of a national plan has really made it harder for front-line health care workers and their families," Santos Norgren said, complimenting the Biden-Harris plan for dealing with the pandemic.
"This election is critical, and we need to make our voices heard by voting, be it early by mail or on Election Day," she said.
Addressing the crowd, Biden talked about an encounter she had with a school counselor who expressed big concerns, such as COVID-19, school shootings and unemployment, and little concerns, such as not being able to hug a loved one.
"Still, we keep going, don't we?" Biden said. "What else can we do?"
The answer, she said, is no matter what negative messages voters might hear, they need to get out and vote. Calling on both Democrats and Republicans to support her husband, Biden said, "This election is just too important not to do everything we can. There are no do-overs. This is it."
Lori Shaw, who has volunteered to call voters in a get-out-the-vote effort, said she was hoping to hear the continued confidence from the campaign.
"Joe is the right candidate for the United States right now," she said. "He brings experience both domestically and internationally, serving under President Obama for eight years."
Shaw added she was "delighted" to see a campaign stop by surrogates of the top of the Democratic ticket, especially after the President Donald Trump campaign has made Minnesota such a focus of its campaign strategy.
Another supporter, Eileen Kennedy-Warrington, said while she's seen more enthusiasm this year compared to four years ago, when Trump won over Hillary Clinton, having the former vice president's wife come to Rochester should help keep voters and campaign volunteers energized.
"I think it's important for them to come and encourage the voters of Minnesota," she said, adding she does not believe Minnesota's electoral votes are in danger of going to Trump.
"We have to run to the finish line on this one," she said. "We can't stop. We can't be complacent like many people were four years ago."