Jill Biden raises funds in New Canaan for husband’s campaign
NEW CANAAN — Valet parking greeted guests outside the tudor-style mansion where Jill Biden held a fundraiser for her husband’s presidential campaign Friday evening.
The event was held at the Oenoke Ridge home of Elsa and George Sykes and tickets started at $300. Before Biden’s remarks, the approximately 75 people in attendance mingled over hors d'oeuvres and drinks on the outdoor patio.
George Sykes, a senior managing director at the New York City-based hedge fund Guggenheim Partners, started the program by thanking Jill Biden, and outlining his support for her husband.
“He’s spot on on many issues, like gun control. We’re only 30 miles from Newtown,” Sykes said, adding he worries for the safety of his six young children and believes Biden can take on the National Rifle Association and pass gun control measures in Congress. “Compromise is not a dirty word,” Sykes said..
Sykes said Biden has the best foreign policy experience to restore America’s leadership in the world, and noted recent Democratic presidents have created more jobs than their Republican counterparts. “We need a change in leadership to get things back on track,” Sykes said..
Gov. Ned Lamont, who endorsed Biden in early July, spoke next.
“What I love about the man is we know him and he knows us,” Lamont said of Biden, who he said will fight for the middle class and progressive values, and make concrete change.
“He knows how to win, how to govern, and how to work across the aisle,” said Lamont.
Jill Biden opened her speech by saying she didn’t expect to be on another campaign for her husband.
“I don’t think we really imagined we’d be on the trail, but after the last president was elected so many people came up to me saying Joe has to run,” Biden said.
Biden gave a now routine speech about the country’s potential for unity under a Biden presidency.
“We’ve been told that our differences are irreconcilable and that there is a war between them and us ... We’ve seen how the progress made in the Obama-Biden administration just slipping away. So much is at stake and yet, I believe that those who are focusing on our division are wrong. Because when I meet people across this country ... I don’t see the them and the us.”
Biden asked the audience to imagine a summer’s day in 2021, when, picking up the morning paper there would not be a headline about a “late-night tweetstorm” but rather a story about universal prekindergarten, the renewal of the Paris Agreement on climate, or an improvement to the Affordable Care Act.
Biden said these stories are possible if the country elects a president who can bring people together and, “a president who believes that our best days are head. That’s Joe Biden, and that’s the future that I want, and I know that's the future you want, too.”
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