PHILADELPHIA — The Biden administration is mounting a full-court press in Pennsylvania in a bid to woo Democratic voters in the state’s crucial U.S. Senate election that is just 21 days away.
President Biden will even send Secretary of State Antony Blinken to an event in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
In an unusual appearance for America’s top diplomat, Mr. Blinken will attend the dedication of a new passport office in the city and unveil a mural honoring Robert NC Nix Sr. who was the first African-American congressman. of Pennsylvania.
He will also deliver remarks and administer the oath of allegiance at a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens, the State Department said.
It’s part of Mr. Biden’s scramble to bolster support in the Democratic stronghold of Philadelphia for the tight Senate race between Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz.
On Thursday, Mr Biden will land in Philadelphia to campaign for Mr Fetterman, whose health has come under intense scrutiny since a stroke left him with auditory processing problems.
Next week, Vice President Kamala Harris will join the mix for another Democratic fundraiser in Philadelphia alongside Mr. Biden.
Democratic candidates in tough races have been wary of campaigning alongside Mr Biden, amid months of low approval ratings.
After skipping several events with Mr. Biden, Mr. Fetterman joined the president when he stopped in Pennsylvania last month for a Labor Day rally near Pittsburgh.
Mr. Biden, who made a trip to three states in the West last week, notably avoided stops in Arizona and Nevada, where his presence could hurt Democrats in tight Senate races, essential to determine which party controls the upper house.
But Mr Biden has always fashioned himself a son from Pennsylvania as he spent his early childhood in Scranton before his family moved to neighboring Delaware.