Why Democrats Keep Visiting Philly to Stump for Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden; Barack Obama; Michelle Obama

Photos: Barack Obama by HughE Dillon; Joe Biden and Michelle Obama by Dan McQuade

Tim Kaine debates Mike Pence tonight in the campaign’s lone vice presidential debate. Even though it won’t reach viewership levels of the first presidential debate, this will be the night where Kaine and Pence receive the most attention they’ll get during the campaign.

On Wednesday, Kaine will come to Philadelphia to campaign. He joins a long list of Hillary Clinton surrogates who have stumped for the Democratic presidential candidate in Philadelphia. President Obama was at Eakins Oval on September 13th, shouting out Carson Wentz. Joe Biden appeared at Drexel the day after the first presidential debate. A day later, Michelle Obama spoke at La Salle. Even Elizabeth Banks stumped for Hillary Clinton at Penn. And, of course, Clinton herself explicitly stumped for millennial votes at Temple last month. She’s appearing in Haverford today, too. Read more »

Biden on Trump: “What in the Hell Is He Talking About?”

Joe Biden speaks in Drexel's grand court

Photo | Dan McQuade

“What in the hell is he talking about?”

That was Joe Biden’s summary of Donald Trump’s performance at last night’s presidential debate. Biden spoke at Drexel University’s Grand Court this morning to stump for Hillary Clinton and encourage students to register to vote.

While Clinton attacked Trump for cheering on the housing crisis, Trump interjected by saying: “That’s called business, by the way.”

Biden had harsh words for Trump’s debate performance. “It was good business for him to see the housing market fail,” Biden said. “What in the hell is he talking about? No, no, no, no: I’ve been here for eight presidents … every president I have served with, including the Republicans, has had a moral center, about what it means to be an American. I mean it! Think about it. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan saying, ‘It’s good business to take advantage of people’s misery’? And rooting for that misery! I’m not kidding. What does it say about this man? And he wants to be president of the United States of America! He does not have the basic fundamental sensibilities and values that almost every American politician, left right and center, has.” Read more »

Michelle Obama, Joe Biden Making Stops in Philly This Week

Joe Biden; Michelle Obama

Two big names will be in Philadelphia this week to stump for Hillary Clinton.

Tomorrow, Vice President Joe Biden will appear at Pennsylvania Democrats’ voter registration drive in the main court of Drexel’s main building at 3131 Chestnut Street. He’ll speak at 10:45 a.m. People interested in attending can RSVP here. Doors open at 9.

Biden’s appearance comes on National Voter Registration Day, and is part of a spate of registrations events on the day. In Pennsylvania, the last day to register to vote in November’s election is October 11th. Read more »

Joe Biden to Visit Amtrak’s Wilmington Station Today

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the Wilmington, Delaware train station that bears his name today at 3 p.m. to announce new funding for Amtrak. Biden is expected to reveal a $2.5 billion deal to improve efficiency and infrastructure through a partnership between Amtrak and an unidentified firm specializing in high-speed trains, according to NBC 10. Read more »

Hillary Clinton Will Speak at West Philadelphia High School Today

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will headline a voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School today.

The former Secretary of State is expected to speak sometime after the Pennsylvania Democratic Party event kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at the school, located at 4901 Chestnut Street. Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: VP Joe Biden Makes the First Wedding He Officiates a Gay One

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

The vice president officiated at a gay wedding outside his residence on Monday.

Joe Biden presided over the same-sex union of White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, on Monday. As this was the first time Biden had ever performed such a ceremony, he had to get a special temporary certification in D.C. to make it legal. Biden, a longtime proponent of same-sex marriage, is said to have been instrumental in President Obama’s decision to back gay marriage during their 2012 re-election campaign. Read more »

2016 DNC, Day 4: Wrapping Up, Looking Back

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

The end is near, Philly. This is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

(Wild applause.)

Here’s what you missed yesterday:

President Barack Obama delivered a smooth and powerful speech that reflected on the nation’s progress, denounced Donald Trump, and pledged trust and confidence in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The audience went wild, especially when Clinton appeared at the end. Read more »

2016 DNC, Day 3: We’re Halfway Through!

2016 DNC

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Congrats, Philly! We’re halfway through the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Here’s what happened yesterday: 

In the biggest news of the night, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman nominated for president by a major party, much to the frustration of a group of delegates who held a protest in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center shortly after. Bill Clinton called his wife “the best darn change-maker I have ever known” and bashed the Republican National Convention in his speech. Read more »

Med School Deans Criticize Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot”

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn's Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a "moonshot" initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn’s Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a “moonshot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

A coalition of medical school leaders have joined to criticize Vice President Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative — a plan he launched in January at Penn.

In an open letter to Biden, the med school leaders say that resources would be spent on finding ways to prevent cancer rather than cure the disease.

“Since the beginning of the “War on Cancer,” the most notable cancer successes have been due to the power and efficacy of prevention,” the letter says.  “The massive reductions in lung, cervical, colorectal and gastric cancer mortality rates are almost entirely due to a focus on public health and prevention approaches.” Read more »

Joe Biden, Lady Gaga Teaming Up at the Oscars


VP Joe Biden is taking to the Oscars to promote his message against campus sexual assault. Biden will be introducing Lady Gaga before her performance of Oscar-nominated “Til it Happens to You.” The song, which was released last year and is featured in the film The Hunting Ground, focuses on the act of sexual assault, the response of victims and friends, and the prominence of sexual assaults at colleges.  Read more »

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