President Biden will return to Oregon next weekend

Author: KGW Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — President Joe Biden will stop in Oregon next weekend as part of a West Coast trip. It will be his second time this year visiting Oregon, a state where presidential visits tend to be relatively rare.

Biden will travel to California from Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 14 and then to Oregon from Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 15, according to a Friday morning news release from the White House.

The press release didn’t include any further details about the timing, exact location or agenda of Biden’s visit. A spokesman declined to comment when asked if the visit had to do with campaigning for the upcoming midterm elections.

The trip will come one week after First Lady Dr. Jill Biden makes her own visit to the Pacific Northwest, stopping at Bates Technical College in Tacoma Friday afternoon and attending a finance event for Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle on Saturday.

President Biden last visited Oregon in April as part of a nationwide tour to promote the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed late last year. Oregon is estimated to receive about $1.2 billion for transportation projects over the next five years.

In a speech delivered at a hangar near Portland International Airport, Biden highlighted several ongoing and planned upgrades to the airport as examples of the kind of infrastructure renewal that the new bill would bring.

Biden’s visit next week comes just a few weeks before Americans are set to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

The typically deep-blue Oregon has emerged as a surprisingly competitive state this year, due in part to its three-way race for governor, where recent polls have showed Republican Christine Drazan with a narrow lead over Democrat Tina Kotek.

Oregon also has some competitive House races this year, with Democrat Andrea Salinas and Republican Mike Erickson facing off in Oregon’s newly-created 6th Congressional District and Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer battling it out in the state’s 5th District after McLeod-Skinner ousted Democratic incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader in the May primary.

The last time Oregon saw two presidential visits in one year was in 2015, when President Barack Obama visited Nike headquarters in May and then returned to Oregon in October of that year after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

The have been several other times when a president has made back-to-back Oregon stops in a single year, according to Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk.

In one prominent example, President Bill Clinton visited twice in 1996, first as part of a tour of the region after that year’s historic flood, as covered by The New York Times, and then later in the year during his re-election campaign, as covered by CNN and the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

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