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President Biden will swing through Scranton and Philly next week for an 'economic tour' across Pa.

Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden is heading back to his childhood home next week to kick off an economic-themed tour across the state.

Biden is averaging nearly a trip a month to Pennsylvania in his bid to hold onto the state — and the White House. He will visit Scranton on Tuesday as part of a three-day swing that will also bring him to the Pittsburgh area Wednesday and the Philadelphia region on Thursday, his campaign said.

The campaign did not say what part of the Philadelphia area he’ll visit or what he’ll do here.

In Scranton, the day after Tax Day, Biden will deliver “a major address,” scrutinizing the nation’s tax code and drawing a contrast with former President Donald Trump, on whether the system should work for the rich or the middle class.

“The president has made it clear what he thinks the answer is,” a campaign spokesperson said. “And so has Donald Trump.”

Biden’s visit to the state will come on the heels of Trump’s Saturday stops in Bucks and Lehigh Counties, two key battlegrounds in the state.

 

The economy has been an ongoing problem for Biden, who had just started seeing some improvement in his polling around it when inflation soared to its highest level in six months, according to the Consumer Price Index report issued Wednesday.

Biden has struggled to connect with voters on his record given the price pains felt at gas stations and grocery stores. He’s acknowledged the need to bring prices down while trying to highlight his administration’s work driving down health care costs, student debt, and junk fees.

Trump is more trusted on the economy, which remains a top issue for voters, polls show.

Biden and Trump have polled incredibly closely in the state, with the most recent poll from Franklin & Marshall College showing Biden up two points, within the survey’s margin of error.

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