Local Politics

Surrogates make campaign stops in Triangle

Posted October 13, 2012 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2012 11:18 p.m. EDT

— With three weeks left until Election Day, big-name political figures hit the campaign trail hard Saturday in the Triangle to stump for President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. 

John Boehner, the speaker of the house, visited Republican Party Headquarters in Raleigh while Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill made a stop in Cary. 

Boehner surprised volunteers who were busy working the phones, telling them that Obama doesn't understand how to fix America's economy. 

"Let me tell you, he just doesn't get it," Boehner said. "He's never had a real job. He's never done anything, and as a result, he doesn't understand how our economy works or how America works."

Virginia Schaible brought her daughter Shannon to hear Boehner speak although she's too young to vote in the November election. 

"I'm very proud of her, because you know what, she is the next generation," Virginia Schaible said "I'm very upset about the debt and it's going to fall on her children, so she has to take the steps to decide what she wants to do."

A few miles away, Jill Biden told supporters at the Organizing for America office that Obama and her husband will continue to work to improve the economy if they serve a second term in the White House. 

"No matter what, we will keep working so that everyone in the country can create a better life no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love," Biden said.

Following their stops in the Triangle, both Biden and Boehner moved on to other campaign stops across the state. The speaker was scheduled to be in Wilmington Saturday afternoon while Biden was on her way to Greensboro and then Charlotte.

First lady Michelle Obama will make another stop in the Triangle Tuesday at Carmichael Arena on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina-based band Delta Rae will perform at the event, which is free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space and were available on a first-come, first-served basis at Obama campaign offices in Raleigh, at 130 E. Morgan St., Durham, at 401 East Lakewood, and Chapel Hill, 505B W. Franklin St., and at The Pit on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Last month, the first lady visited North Carolina Central University in Durham to build support among college students. In August, she made a campaign stop in Greensboro.