First lady Jill Biden Wisconsin visit; Milwaukee, Waukesha trips

Inside the 4-H building at the Waukesha County Expo Center, first lady Jill Biden put women and Wisconsin center stage.

The Badger State was the final stop of the "Women for Biden" campaign tour on Sunday, March 3. It was as an effort to mobilize women ahead of the election.

"Women put Joe Biden in the White House, and women are going to do it again," Biden said. "We're going to meet this moment as if our rights are at risk, because they are. As if our democracy is on the line, because it is."

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Milwaukee County Board Chair Marcelia Nicholson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Krystal Judah also spoke at the event.


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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the former head of the state's Republican Party, sees it differently.

"Really, for me, what it comes down to is a fear factor," he said. "They're trying to scare women to realize, or to think that all we're trying to do is take away their reproductive rights, and that's hardly the case."

He said the focus should be public safety and pointed to the southern border as the top issue.


"I think what we need to do is get the president to realize what's really important, and that's the security and safety of this country," Farrow said.

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Before leaving town, the first lady stopped at Rooted MKE, a Black woman-owned bookstore in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood to get some books for her grandson.

She also thanked volunteers and supports at the Democrat’s campaign office in Bay View.

Wisconsin will get another visit from the White House on Wednesday, when Vice President Kamala Harris makes her sixth trip here for an event in Madison.

Biden was last in the Badger State just about two weeks ago; the first lady traveled to Green Bay on Friday, Feb. 16 to discuss education. The first lady joined a roundtable to spotlight efforts to expand career-connected learning in high school and college.