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President Biden to visit Scranton, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in week before April 23 primary

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Kim Lyons, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 12, 2024

The White House on Friday announced that President Joe Biden will visit Pennsylvania next week, part of what the campaign confirmed will be a major campaign push to talk about economic issues in the most important swing state. The visit comes the week before Pennsylvanians go to the polls for the April 23 primary election.

The campaign reported Biden will visit Scranton on Tuesday, the day after Tax Day, for “a major address” that will “drive home a simple question: Do you think the tax code should work for rich people or for the middle class?”

Biden will  travel to the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday, and then return to Washington D.C., according to a release from the White House. He’ll be back to the Keystone State on Thursday to visit Philadelphia, an area he’s been to several times already in 2024. These would be the first campaign stops in the western and northeastern parts of the state.

Biden’s presumptive GOP opponent, former President Donald Trump will be in Pennsylvania tomorrow, for  a campaign rally in Lehigh County, the same day he will appear at a Bucks County fundraiser. He’ll speak at the Schnecksville Fire Hall in North Whitehall Township, the campaign said, with an event set to get underway at 7 p.m.

This will be Trump’s third visit of 2024 to Pennsylvania, after an appearance at a National Rifle Association gathering in Harrisburg in February, followed by a surprise appearance at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia.

Biden has visited Pennsylvania four times in 2024, most recently in a campaign stop in Delaware County the day after his State of the Union address. Trump has not visited the western half of the Keystone State in 2024, either.

Biden flipped the state blue in 2020, winning by just over 80,000 votes. Late last month, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party opened coordinated campaign offices across the commonwealth, including three in Bucks County, as well as in traditionally “red” counties like Lancaster and York. The offices will focus on reelection efforts for Biden and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa) who is also facing reelection, as well as other Democrats “up and down the ballot.” It is not clear how many offices the Trump campaign has in Pennsylvania.

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