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President Biden set to visit Park City for fundraising event

PARK CITY, Utah – On Monday, the White House announced that President Biden will be visiting Utah during a three-state tour from August 7-10, touring Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Deseret News recently reported that President Biden’s Utah trip and fundraiser will be held in Park City, hosted by Kristi and John Cumming, founder of the ski resort company Powdr, and Nancy and Mark Gilbert, the former U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.

Besides releasing the schedule, the White House has provided little information about Biden’s visit to Utah. The event in Park City is being advertised as a fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund, the political action committee supporting Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign.

President Biden is expected to discuss climate change, investments into clean-energy projects, and the record-breaking heat waves that have plagued much of the West this summer. He is also expected to tout the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed in August of last year. The Inflation Reduction Act includes $369 billion in funding for clean-energy projects and initiatives to combat climate change throughout the country.

Another one of Biden’s expected talking points is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which, through the Environmental Protection Agency, recently announced $599,000 in funding to reduce lead in schools and childcare facilities throughout Utah.

Biden is not the only 2024 Presidential hopeful to visit Park City, as Republican primary candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited Deer Valley just a few weeks ago, as well as in the summer of 2022.

Despite the fact that Utah has not elected a Democrat for president in nearly 60 years, Biden’s showing in the state in 2020 was the highest for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Biden’s trip to Utah will be his first since he stopped in Park City for a campaign fundraiser in 2019, when he was campaigning for the 2020 Presidential election. Biden gave a speech at the University of Utah in 2018 and took part in a group discussion at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2016 while serving as Vice President.

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