President Joe Biden will deliver a speech in Arizona on Sept. 28 paying tribute to his late friend and colleague Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate who represented the state in the U.S. Senate for more than three decades.
According to the White House, President Biden will deliver the speech in the Phoenix area of Arizona, which is likely to be a key battleground state in the upcoming 2024 Presidential election.
Earlier this month, the president visited the John Sidney McCain III Memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam to honor the late Senator and Navy pilot whose plane was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 during the Vietnam War.
'Democracy' Key Focus of Biden CampaignHe lost a second presidential election race in 2008 to Barack Obama.
McCain died in August 2018 at the age of 81 following complications related to his battle with brain cancer.
President Biden's campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said Thursday that "democracy" will remain a key theme in his upcoming speeches amid his 2024 White House bid.
Second GOP Debate LoomsThe president will also attend a fundraiser hosted by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Rep. Greg Stanton, (D-Ariz.) during his trip to the state, The Arizona Republic reports.
His trip to the state will take place one day after the second Republican Party presidential debate which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sept. 27.
At least six Republican candidates will likely take part in the upcoming California debate: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, biotech investor Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, although the Republican National Committee (RNC) has not yet confirmed which candidates have qualified to attend.
It is not yet clear if North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson have qualified to attend.
Former President Donald Trump has also not indicated if he will be attending the debate, after skipping the first Republican debate in Milwaukee in August, citing his clear lead in multiple polls.
Instead, President Trump opted for an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.