A Saturday kickoff in Philly.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will be holding his presidential campaign kickoff rally in Philadelphia on Saturday May 18 at Eakins Oval.
This rally, happening rain or shine, will be Biden’s second public appearance in Pennsylvania since he declared his intentions to seek the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020. His first public event was held at Teamster Hall Local 249 in Pittsburgh, just days after officially jumping in the race.
A release from his campaign today said Biden will “lay out his vision for unifying America with respected leadership on the world stage — and dignified leadership at home.”
Biden has placed a specific emphasis on winning over voters in Pennsylvania early in his campaign. The Scranton native said at his Pittsburgh campaign appearance that if he’s going to beat Donald Trump, he needs to win the keystone state.
The former Vice President has racked up a number of endorsements from Pennsylvania elected officials thus far as well. Sen. Bob Casey and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) pledged their support for Biden in the first 24 hours of his campaign announcement. All four were on the invite list for a Biden fundraiser in Philadelphia the same day he entered the race.
Biden remains the front runner in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania according to recent polling. An Emerson College poll and Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll show Biden holding double digit leads over the rest of the crowded field.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has also made multiple campaign appearances in Pennsylvania, stopping in two counties that swung to Trump in 2016, is a distant second in both of those polls.
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke was the first declared 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to stop in PA at State College in March.
Pa. holds its 2020 primary on April 28, right at the midpoint of the Democratic calendar.