Jill Biden, Diane Black campaign for Obama, Romney, respectively, in Berks

Published: Oct 09 2012 11:45:52 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 06:46:08 PM EDT
Diane Black and Jill Biden

We haven't seen much of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania this campaign season, but their surrogates have been making the rounds.

The second half of a two-day campaign swing through Pennsylvania took Vice President Joe Biden's wife to downtown Reading Tuesday afternoon.

"It is an honor to be with you today and an honor to introduce my mother," said Ashley Biden.

Jill Biden addressed the Democratic ticket's supporters at the Obama campaign headquarters on South 5th Street.

"As a teacher, I want to make sure we continue to invest in quality education," said Biden, a full-time community college professor who highlighted the administration's achievements from education to health care.

"The president and vice president know how important it is for woman to make our own decisions about our own healthcare," said Biden, who had a last-minute challenge for her audience. "The voter registration deadline is only hours away. We need you to knock on doors and canvas and call people and get people registered to vote."

Because Tuesday was the voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania, Democrats weren't alone trying to get people signed up.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Berks Co./Lehigh Valley and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, stopped by the Romney-Ryan campaign office in West Reading to outline what the Republicans call the clear choice for America’s fiscal and economic future.

"Thank you for the work that you're doing because you are a battleground state," said Black, who serves on the House Budget Committee.

After last week's presidential debate, the Republicans said they feel better about their chances in next month's election.

"Momentum is on our side," said Dent.

They're looking forward to Thursday's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

"I think he's [Ryan's] going to shine on that stage," said Black.

But it's all about the votes and meeting the deadline to register before midnight.

"We want to make sure everybody gets out there and registers," said Black. "And of course, we want people to register for our team."

Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer said whatever team works the hardest will win. 

"It's going to take a strong effort because that other side is not sitting by idly," said Spencer.