President Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin next week on his first official trip as president, taking part in a televised town hall from Milwaukee.
Biden would answer questions at an invite-only, socially distant event.
While the Biden administration has not shared more details of the trip, the president has focused heavily on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and passing the COVID-19 relief bill since he was sworn in last month.
Since entering office, Biden has chosen virtual events and television interviews to sell his plan, and initially his aides expressed their caution against traveling outside of Washington due to the pandemic. But Biden returned to Delaware at the end of last week, and White House press secretary Jane Sackey indicated that the president was flying on a special plane – Air Force One – helping to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Biden also received two doses of his vaccine and wore a mask constantly.
Biden made Wisconsin the focus of his campaign in 2020, visiting the state three times, including in late October, when he visited Milwaukee just days before the election. Ultimately, Biden turned the state from red to blue, defeating former President Donald Trump by nearly 20,000 votes there.
The day Biden visits Wisconsin is also state primary in the spring, with one statewide primary – for a nonpartisan school superintendent – on the ballot, along with more than 100 local primaries.
Biden City Council will also overlap with a video message that Democratic Governor Tony Evers is scheduled to send at the same time that night to hand over his two-year budget to the Republican-controlled legislature.