President Biden to visit Oregon next week

The trip will mark Biden’s second stop in Oregon this year, an unusually busy frequency for Oregon when it comes to presidential visits.

PORTLAND, Ore. – President Joe Biden will stop in Oregon next weekend as part of a tour of the West Coast. This will be his second time this year to visit Oregon, a state where presidential visits tend to be relatively rare.

Biden will travel to California from Wednesday, October 12 to Friday, October 14 and then to Oregon from October 14 to Saturday, October 15, according to a Friday morning news release from the White House.

The press release did not include any other details about the exact time, location or agenda of Biden’s visit. A spokesman declined to comment when asked if the visit was related to campaigning for the upcoming midterm elections.

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The trip will come a week after First Lady Dr Jill Biden made a private visit to the Pacific Northwest, stopping at Bates Technical College in Tacoma on Friday afternoon and attending an event finance to Senator Patty Murray in Seattle on Saturday.

President Biden last visited Oregon in April as part of a nationwide tour to promote the $1 trillion infrastructure bill Congress passed late last year. Oregon is estimated to receive about $1.2 billion in transportation projects over the next five years.

In a speech at a hangar near Portland International Airport, Biden highlighted a number of ongoing and planned upgrades to the airport as examples of the kind of infrastructure innovation that the bill would offer. new will bring.

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Biden’s visit next week comes just weeks before Americans prepare to vote in the November 8 midterm elections.

The typically dark blue Oregon has emerged as a surprisingly competitive state this year, in part due to a three-way race for governor, where recent polls show Republicans drew Christine Drazan with a tight lead over Democrat Tina Kotek.

Oregon also has several competitive races in the House this year, with Democrat Andrea Salinas and Republican Mike Erickson facing off in Oregon’s newly created 6th Congressional District and Democrat Jamie McLeod -Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer battle in the state’s 5th District after McLeod -Skinner ousted Democratic incumbent Representative Kurt Schrader in the May primaries.

KGW political analyst, Len Bergstein, speculates that those races could be part of the reason for Biden’s visit, which comes at a time in the election cycle when presidents typically show up in public places. conflict states such as Wisconsin or Pennsylvania.

“I can understand why he’s here is reasonable, it’s unusual for Oregonians to think ‘gee, are we a battleground here? …enough for us to get the President’s attention. The United States came in and he said, “So it’s a sign that Oregon politics is a bit unstable and unsettled right now.”

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The last time Oregon saw two presidential visits in one year was in 2015, when President Barack Obama visited Nike’s headquarters in May and then returned to Oregon in October of that year after the incident. shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

According to the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, Kerry Tymchuk, there have been several other times when a president has put Oregon on hold for a year.

In one striking example, President Bill Clinton visited twice in 1996, first as part of a tour of the area after that year’s historic flooding, reported by The New York Times, and then the following year during his re-election campaign, as reported by CNN and Spokane-Review Spokespersons. President Biden to visit Oregon next week

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