The appearance of a joint campaign by Biden and Harris seeks to boost Pennsylvania Democrats


President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will make a rare joint appearance on the campaign trail in Philadelphia on Friday evening as they look to boost Pennsylvania Democrats in the run-up to the election.

Their visit comes at a crucial time, less than two weeks before Election Day, as Democrats struggle to hold on to a narrow 50-50 majority in the Senate. Pennsylvania is the party’s top choice for the Senate seat, with retiring state Sen. Pat Toomey.

Biden and Harris’ appearance at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Independence Dinner, a major state party fundraiser, will mark the first time the president has attended an event with Democratic Senate Lt. Governor John Fetterman since his controversial performance against Republicans. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz earlier this week.

Two other Democratic candidates will also participate, according to Democratic officials: Josh Shapiro and Republican Attorney General Matt Cartwright, who faces a tough race in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, which includes the president’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The president and vice president will deliver keynote statements “about a key choice before voters,” the Democratic official said, when they speak at a fundraiser expected to raise $1 million.

Biden will again lean toward his economic messages that have peppered speeches in recent weeks as he tries to contrast “the Republicans’ mega MAGA plan,” the official said, including disparities between prescription drug costs, Social Security, Medicare. and tax plans.

This will be the president’s 19th visit to Pennsylvania since taking office, as he has frequented the state for a mix of official and political events in the run-up to the election, a contrast to his approach to most competitive Senate races across the country.

Biden will return to the Keystone State in the final days of the campaign, with his former boss, President Barack Obama, expected to make appearances in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Biden’s 2020 rival, former President Donald Trump, will also campaign in Pennsylvania next weekend.

Although the president has avoided large campaign rallies this election cycle, he has been a frequent presence on the fundraising circuit, criss-crossing the country to raise money for Democrats, including at a Friday night dinner. Other Democratic officials scheduled to attend Friday night include Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison and Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman and state Sen. Sharif Street.

In the final week before the election, the president will campaign for Florida Democrats, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings, as well as travel to New Mexico for events with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. other local officials.