Jill-Biden From top right to bottom left: Dr. Jill Biden, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Voto Latino co-founder Maria Teresa Kumar, and Rep. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL).
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In a conversation with Latina congresswomen, former second lady Dr. Jill Biden said America is ready for an empathetic president. 

Last night, former second lady Dr. Jill Biden sat down to talk all about her husband Joe Biden while also showing off her Spanish-speaking skills. “Buenas tardes,” Biden said. “Pretty good, right?” In a Zoom webinar hosted by Voto Latino co-founder Maria Teresa Kumar, Biden joined “Las Comadres” congresswomen Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Verónica Escobar (D-TX), and Sylvía García (D-TX) to talk about vital issues pertinent to the Latino community. The potential first lady also kept it real.

“We all know that women are the ones with the cojones,” Biden said. “You like that last line, right?”

“Wow, I’m impressed,” Kumar replied. 

The women began their discussion with President Donald Trump’s unfavorable response to COVID-19 and his attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. As coronavirus cases surge in Florida, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell said it was a horrible time to play with people’s lives during a pandemic by taking away their health insurance. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen compassion [from Trump] or love for family,” Rep. Mucarsel-Powell said. 

Rep. García said in agreement, “This president doesn’t show that he believes in family first. And the only time we see him talking about the Bible or talking about that he’s a person of faith is when he has a photo-op in front of the church in Washington, and he’s holding up the Bible in the middle of a protest.” 

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“That’s not going to be Joe,” Biden said. “It’s been Joe’s faith that has gotten him through so many tough times. I mean, he lost his first wife in a car accident—his baby daughter, our son Beau. Joe knows loss. He knows tragedy. And you’re right. Our family comes first, and it is family first.”

She added, “Joe has such empathy for those who have lost loved ones because he knows what it feels like. I think that is one of Joe’s greatest strengths, that he has suffered loss and he’s been a victim of tragedy, but yet he’s resilient. He’s gotten up. He’s found purpose in his life, and he’s moved on with purpose. If people realize that, that Joe will be an empathetic president and understand what people are going through.” 

“Joe has such empathy for those who have lost loved ones because he knows what it feels like. I think that is one of Joe’s greatest strengths, that he has suffered loss and he’s been a victim of tragedy, but yet he’s resilient. He’s gotten up,” Jill Biden said.

The women discussed the Equal Pay Act, which would close the wage gap, and free community college for Americans, both issues that Biden said her husband supports wholeheartedly. 

Since the start of July, Biden and her husband have begun to make a more significant push on the presidential campaign trail, appearing together in masks at several events. Two weeks ago, Biden appeared on “The View” and called her husband a moderate, saying she believes Republicans will vote for him. 

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“From what I’ve seen, a lot of Republicans are going to vote for Joe, and they’ve been saying it. Maybe they’re not saying it publicly, but when I was out there on the trail, a lot of people came up to me and said, ‘Jill, I’m a Republican, but I’m going to vote for your husband because he’s a moderate, and he’s a steady leader and we believe in Joe,’ ” Biden said. 

Biden’s next virtual event will be in Nevada with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV).