President Trump will campaign in key general election battleground states next week at the same time as the Democratic National Convention formally names former Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s standard-bearer.
While the Trump campaign has not announced the president’s travel for next Thursday, campaign officials confirmed to Fox News that Trump is expected to visit Scranton, Pa. – the city where Biden was born and spent his early years. The trip should come hours before Biden is scheduled to give his presidential nomination acceptance address, which will be the biggest speech of his half-century career in politics.
Typically a presidential nominee will lie low as the opposition party holds its nominating convention – but Trump has repeatedly proven that he’s not one to adhere to political traditions.
The announced stops in Mankato, Minn.; Oshkosh, Wisc.; and Yuma, Ariz., are scheduled to be held at hangars or other aviation facilities at airports – and will likely use Air Force One as a backdrop.
Air Force One – one of the most iconic symbols of the presidency and the power that comes with it – was the planned backdrop for a scheduled Trump rally at an airport in the battleground state of New Hampshire last month, which was cancelled. When announcing the postponement of the rally – which would have been the president’s second since the coronavirus swept the nation in March – the Trump campaign cited concerns about a forecast tropical storm that ended up not impacting Portsmouth, where the rally was planned.
In recent days, the president acknowledged that health concerns over large gatherings during the pandemic was the reason the rally was cancelled.
Trump narrowly lost Minnesota four years ago to Democratic 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton. He edged Clinton by razor-thin margins in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and won Arizona by 4 percentage points.
An average of the most recent public opinion polling in those states compiled by Real Clear Politics indicates the president trailing Biden by 7 points in Minnesota, down 6.5 points in Wisconsin, facing a narrow 2-point deficit in Arizona, and down 6.4 points to Biden in Pennsylvania.
Fox News’ Kristina Biddle contributed to this report