WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will visit Milwaukee Next Monday to celebrate Labor Day — a milestone that comes just over two months before Wisconsin’s high-profile midterm elections.
Biden plans to speak at Laborfest in Milwaukee to honor “the dignity of working Americans,” according to the White House. He will travel to Pittsburgh the same day.
The White House did not provide further details of the trip. It’s unclear whether Biden will appear with any of the top contenders on the Wisconsin Democratic ticket, including Senate hopeful Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers, who is in a race to tight re-election.
The president‘s visit comes as his approval rating in Wisconsin is low. A Marquette University Law School poll released earlier this month indicated that 40% of voters polled approved of Biden’s professional performance while 55% disapproved.
Evers said last week he would welcome a visit from the president after CNN reported that Biden aides had been asked by Evers’ aides to avoid traveling to Badger State due to the weak state. Biden’s endorsement.
But Evers said he didn’t make that call and wasn’t sure it was a real claim.
“Both President Biden and Kamala Harris are welcome in the state, especially to talk about things that impact the people of Wisconsin,” Evers said during a campaign stop at West Allis.
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Biden last came to the state in March, when he visited Superior to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure package.
Pamela Fendt, chairwoman of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, which hosts Laborfest, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler are expected to travel with Biden on the day of Labor Day.
Fendt said she thinks Biden will tout the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year, as well as the Cut Inflation Act, which the president enacted earlier this month.
“We are honored and thrilled that President Biden wants to be with Milwaukee-area workers on Labor Day,” Fendt told the Journal Sentinel. “And we look forward to hearing his message and celebrating with him the important legislation that has been passed under his presidency so far.”
Laborfest has not taken place since 2019. The 2020 event was canceled by the pandemic, and the 2021 event did not take place “due to logistical issues”.
This year, Laborfest features a parade that ends at Maier Festival Park.
“What a way to kick off the resurgence of union organizing in our region with the visit of a pro-union president,” Fendt said.
Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contributed to this report from Madison.