Biden, Harris in Philly days before the State of the Union address
The nation’s chief executives will meet the Democratic National Committee in a Center City hotel ahead of delivering the State of the Union.
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Philly and Center City are preparing for the arrival of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, Feb. 3, for meetings with the DNC, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Days before the president is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address, he’ll come to the city for a series of tours and a meeting with the DNC to discuss the 2024 primary calendar, set to lay the groundwork for the presidential primary.
They touch down in Philly at 2 p.m., according to the Inquirer, and will head to an infrastructure event held at the Belmont Water Treatment Plant at 3:15 p.m.
Then, the pair will make their way to the Sheraton Hotel, where the DNC Winter Meeting — scheduled yearly — will convene.
“They will discuss the progress we have made, and their work implementing the Biden-Harris economic agenda that continues to deliver results for the American people,” a White House advisory said, quoted in the Inquirer.
Biden and the administration have made efforts throughout 2022 to market some of the legislative accomplishments on Capitol Hill, including the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, both commended as once-in-a-lifetime investments into the economy and green energy.
Harris played a central role in touring the country shortly after Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, sending it to the White House for Biden’s signature. Buffalo, New York, and Durham, North Carolina, were two of the stops Harris made almost immediately after Biden ratified the bill.
But the tenet of this weekend’s visit is the Winter Meeting, which poses a calendar approval for the 2024 Democratic Presidential Primary. A new proposal would overhaul the previous calendar by switching the order of early-voting states from Iowa —- a majority white state — to South Carolina, a state with a larger diverse population.
Latino advocacy groups are already out to sway the administration to adopt the new calendar.
Latino Victory Project, a group that aggressively organized in the 2022 midterms — sent a letter to the DNC Chair, asking to approve the proposal.
“The proposed calendar prioritizes states with large numbers of Black, Latino, and AAPI voters states that look like the rest of America,” the letter said.
“By putting South Carolina and Nevada at the very front of the early window, you have challenged the status quo of the past 50 years and made sure that we put real representation over tradition,” it continued.
Biden — expected to seek reelection with no significant opposition from the party — has championed South Carolina as the priority state, given its diverse population.
Twenty-seven percent of South Carolina’s population is Black. If the new calendar is adopted, it sets the tone for which voting base the administration is most likely to hone in on in the early days of the presidential horse race.
“This will benefit our future nominees, the next generation of campaign staff, and our entire party by ensuring that the base of the Democratic Party is prioritized in this process,” the letter continued.
Biden and Harris head back to Washington on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.
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