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Biden is returning to Madison for rally Friday

It's his first appearance in swing state Wisconsin following last week's debate

President Joe Biden speaks into a microphone. Workers in neon vests are seen behind him.
Pres. Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at the LiUNA Training Center in DeForest, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

President Joe Biden is returning to swing state Wisconsin, with a stop in Madison on Friday.

The visit comes on the heels of criticism of Biden’s performance in a debate last week against former President Donald Trump.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the upcoming visit in a news briefing Tuesday, but the White House has yet to announce an exact location.

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An RSVP form shared by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin indicates Friday’s rally is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon.

Biden’s last visit to Madison was in April, when he announced a student-debt forgiveness plan at Madison Area Technical College. He also visited the Madison area in February of last year.

Madison and surrounding Dane County are considered crucial for Democrats because of the area’s growing population and its high concentration of liberal voters. Biden won the county with roughly 76 percent of the vote in 2020.