President Donald Trump will return to the Keystone State on Thursday to visit Old Forge.
According to a release from the Trump campaign, the president plans to deliver remarks on a “half century of Joe Biden failing America,” at Mariotti Building Products facility just outside of Scranton, where the former VP was born and raised until he was about 10 years old.
Trump’s address is also slated to take place just hours before former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepts the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party.
The Trump campaign said in a statement that Biden’s “socialist agenda” would hurt families in the state.
“Joe Biden is hiding and taking voters for granted but the Trump campaign won’t make the same mistake,” said Samantha Zager, Deputy National Press Secretary for the Trump campaign. “Biden’s socialist agenda would kill jobs and hurt families in the Keystone State, which is exactly why he won’t confront voters in his hometown. President Trump has a record of success to point to in Pennsylvania, and voters in the state will reelect him this November as a result.”
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a statement on Wednesday when it was first reported that the president would be holding an event in the region, criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare, and the economy.
“Instead of coming to Pennsylvania and campaigning next Thursday evening, Donald Trump should do what he does best–sit on his couch and watch TV,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Nancy Patton Mills. “If he turns on the Democratic National Convention, he’ll see the hard-working Americans who’ve been hurt by his disastrous leadership on the coronavirus, his broken promises on health care and his failed economic recovery. And on Thursday, he’ll see a presidential candidate who will truly fulfill America’s promise, who fills Pennsylvania families with hope, and who will take Trump’s seat on Air Force One next January.”
This will be Trump’s first in-person visit to the state since mid-May when he spoke for 30 minutes at a medical equipment distribution center in the Lehigh Valley. Trump’s last virtual visit to the state was on August 2, when he held a tele-rally that attempted to paint Biden as a “radical Democrat,” and leveled a series of attacks on the Democratic presidential presumptive nominee from their differences on the energy industry and questioning if the former VP, a Scranton native, is really a “Pennsylvanian.”
Trump also floated last week accepting the RNC presidential nomination on the final night of the convention in either the Great Battlefield of Gettysburg or at the White House in Washington D.C.
Vice President Mike Pence has made several visits to the state over the past few months, with his most recent trip being in late July headlining a “Cops for Trump” event in Westmoreland County and leading a conversation on America’s economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic in Somerset County.
Biden’s most recent visit to the state was in early July in Lackawanna County to discuss his economic agenda following the coronavirus pandemic.
This story was updated with a comment from the Trump campaign.