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Jill Biden touts Joe on women’s issues

Jill Biden has done her best to continue to live a private life while serving as second lady. When her husband became vice president, she continued teaching English at a community college in Northern Virginia.

She reminded viewers that her husband authored the “Violence Against Women Act” and that he was a supporter of her desire to keep working full-time after he became vice president.

“He was there standing by my side saying ‘Of course you should. It’s who you are Jill. … Joe often tells people that I didn’t agree to marry him until the fifth time he asked me. But I loved him from the beginning.” (That line was worth coming to the convention for, Joe Biden said a few minutes later.)

In introducing his husband, Jill Biden, who her husband calls "Jilly" said: “I’ve seen Joe’s character in his heart. When I met Joe, he had already seen just how fragile life could be," she said referring to the tragic accident that killed his first wife and baby daughter. "Joe’s life was shattered but through his strong Catholic faith and his fierce love for our boys, Joe found the strength to get back up. That’s Joe.” 

Biden, who has been a teacher for more than 30 years, and a partner to Michelle Obama in their efforts to help military families, said she was there for her students and military families.  

“The war in Iraq is over,” said Jill Biden, whose son Beau served Iraq.

VIDEO: Beau Biden's convention speech

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Krissah Thompson began writing for The Washington Post in 2001. She has been a business reporter, covered presidential campaigns and written about civil rights and race. More recently, she has covered the first lady's office, politics and culture.



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