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Dr. Jill Biden discusses return to schools, false Trump ad

Longtime educator, wife of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee speaks to WPTV in exclusive interview
Posted at 1:38 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 13:42:47-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — All roads to the White House go through Florida. Another (virtual) reminder came Wednesday.

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, joined a virtual town hall hosted by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James.

Then she sat down from her Delaware home for an exclusive interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5.

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Biden is a lifelong educator and spoke at length about the need to get children back to school safely. She emphasized "safely," saying clear guidelines must be in place, and arguing that high-quality online learning must be funded and available to all who choose that option.

She also spoke out forcefully about President Donald Trump's campaign television ads that depict an elderly woman facing a robber without help from police. Why? The ads say Joe Biden wants to defund the police.

"That ad is not true," Biden said.

She said its aim is simply "to scare people."

Jill and Joe Biden in March 2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Biden went on to say her husband wants more funding for police, contingent on that money including programs geared toward police reform.

Finally, Biden talked about her husband's plan to announce his vice-presidential running mate next week. He said long ago his pick will be a woman.

Every political analyst said it is all but certain his choice will be a woman of color.

"I am so excited that we will have a woman on the ticket, and I bet every woman in America feels that way," Biden said. "You know, this is 100 years since women got the right to vote. So, this is such a momentous year and, you know, there is such a number of amazing and qualified women of color."

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