Travels of Fmr. Vice President Joe Bidenf—September 2020

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Campaigning in the time of COVID.  Biden has made a dozen trips out of Delaware, traveling to eight states and DC: FL, MI, MN, NY, NC, OH, PA (five times), WI (two times) and DC.  Biden's events are all tightly controlled with social distancing and very small numbers of participants.  He has done several backyard conversations and some OTR stops.  Five times Biden made scheduled remarks from Wilmington (Sept. 2 - reopening schools, Sept. 4 - jobs report, Sept. 14 - climate change/wildfires, Sept. 16 - COVID vaccine and 27 - Supreme Court) and on Sept. 20 he made a speech on the Supreme Court from Philadelphia.  Biden did virtual only events on five days and generally took the weekend off in terms of public events, other than attending Mass.  Highlights of the month were the CNN town hall on Sept. 17, the first debate on Sept. 29 and the Ohio/Pennsylvania train tour that followed.  Biden has also done eight virtual fundraisers.  @JoeBiden   See also: Travels of Dr. Jill Biden
Mark Leibovich.  "When Joe Biden's in Town, but It's Hard to Tell."  New York Times, Sept. 22, 2020.
Charles C.W. Cooke.  "Biden's Campaign Schedule Is Mystifying."  National Review, Sept. 23, 2020.
Christopher Cadelago and Marc Caputo.  "When Biden calls a 'lid,' Democrats wet the bed – and Trump starts mocking."  Politico, Sept. 25, 2020.

Sept. Oct.



Wilmington, DE

Milwaukee, WI
Kenosha, WI
Wauwatosa, WI
Wilmington, DE

no public events

[Wilmington, DE]

Lancaster, PA
Harrisburg, PA

no info.

Warren, MI
Detroit, MI


New York, NY
Shanksville, PA

no public events

[Wilmington, DE]

Wilmington, DE

Tampa, FL
Kissimmee, FL

Wilmington, DE

Scranton, PA

Duluth, MN

no public events

[Wilmington, DE]
Philadelphia, PA

Manitowoc, WI


Charlotte, NC

no public events

Washington, DC


Wilmington, DE


Cleveland, OH

train tour:
eastern OH
western PA

Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign, news accounts and tweets from reporters.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes OTR/unannounced stops and other details, again based on publicly available information. See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.

Tues. September 1, 2020
- Virtual fundraising event.
[also today campaign posted "Joe + Kamala: A Socially Distanced Conversation."] >

Wed. September 2, 2020
- Jill and Joe Biden receive a briefing from education leaders and experts at Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE.
Remarks on how Trump’s failure to address COVID-19 is impacting students, educators, and children, and his plan to safely and effectively reopen schools, at Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE. (+, >)

Thurs. September 3, 2020
New Castle > Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport > New Castle.
- Private meeting for about an hour with family and attorneys of Jacob Blake, the Kenosha man shot and seriously wounded by a police officer in an Aug. 23 incident, in an airport building in Milwaukee, WI.
- Holds a community meeting to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face, at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI. >
- Jill and Joe Biden have a conversation about school reopening with local parents and educators in the backyard of a home in Wauwatosa, WI.

Fri. September 4, 2020
- Remarks on the jobs report at the West End Neighborhood House community center gym in Wilmington, DE. (+, >)
- Two virtual fundraising events: 30 people attended the first; second hosted by Gov. John Carney, Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (447 people participated). 2$

Sat. September 5, 2020
no public events.

Sun. September 6, 2020

Attends church services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, DE.

Mon. September 7, 2020
\New Castle > Lancaster, PA > New Castle.
- Conversation with four labor leaders in the backyard of a supporter's residence in Lancaster, PA. >
- Joins a virtual event from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO headquarters to speak with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, take questions from union members, and recognize America’s working families on Labor Day. >

Tues. September 8, 2020
no info. - pool: "nothing to report"

Wed. September 9, 2020
New Castle > Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport > New Castle.
- Remarks on "his plan to ensure the future is Made in America by all of America’s workers" at UAW Region 1 headquarters parking lot in Warren, MI. (+, >)
Tapes local interviews with WJBK, WWJ-TV and 105.9 Kiss Radio, as well as an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, at UAW.
- OTR stop at Three Thirteen, a clothing store on Livernois Avenue in Detroit, MI. 
Conversation with steelworkers at a residence in the Boynton neighborhood of Detroit, MI. >

Thurs. September 10, 2020
- Two virtual fundraising events:  1. Hosted by J Street PAC and its president Jeremy Ben-Ami.  2. Musician Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy (raised more than $2 million).  2$

Fri. September 11, 2020
New Castle > Newark Liberty International Airport > Johnstown-Cambria County Airport > New Castle.
- Jill and Joe Biden attend the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s 19th anniversary commemoration ceremony in New York, NY.
Flight Newark Liberty International Airport to Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
- Jill and Joe Biden pay their respects at Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. 
- Jill and Joe Biden OTR stop at Shanksville Volunteer Fire Co. Station 627 "delivering a Bundt cake, pastries and beer."
Sat. September 12, 2020
no public events.

Sun. September 13, 2020
- Attends church services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, DE.
- Returns to St. Joseph on the Brandywine early afternoon with family for confirmation of granddaughter Natalie.

Mon. September 14, 2020
- Jill and Joe Biden vote in Delaware's statewide primary elections at the New Castle County Board of Elections in Wilmington, DE.
- Remarks on climate change and the ongoing wildfires in the west, at the Natural History Museum in Wilmington, DE. >
- Two virtual fundraising events:  1. Hosts included Eric Holder, former US Attorney General and Sally Yates, former Deputy US Attorney General (636 participants).  2. Main hosts were Rep. Adam Schiff and Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group (22 people, $4.5 million raised).  2$
Remarks to the Poor People’s Campaign virtual event “Voting is Power Unleashed."  >

Tues. September 15, 2020
New Castle > Tampa, FL > New Castle.
- Roundtable with veterans at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. >
Flight Tampa to Orlando, FL.
- Attends a Hispanic Heritage Month event focusing on Puerto Ricans at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. >

Wed. September 16, 2020

- Briefing from public health experts on a COVID-19 vaccine, then delivers remarks on developing and equitably distributing a safe and effective vaccine, at The Queen in Wilmington, DE. >
- Meetings at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, DE.

 Thurs. September 17, 2020
- Virtual fundraising event hosted by Gov. Jared Polis, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Jason Crow, and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.  $
- Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden host a virtual Rosh Hashanah event.
Flight New Castle, DE to Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport.
- CNN town hall at 8 p.m. ET at PNC Field in Scranton, PA. +

Fri. September 18, 2020
New Castle > Duluth, MN > New Castle.
- Tours and makes remarks at the Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center in Hermantown, a northeast suburb of Duluth, MN. >
Flight Duluth MN to New Castle, DE.
- Remarks on death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a terminal building at New Castle Airport.
Sat. September 19, 2020
no public events.

Sun. September 20, 2020
- Attends church services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, DE.
- Remarks on the Supreme Court at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. (+, >)

Mon. September 21, 2020
New Castle >Green Bay, WI > New Castle.
- Tours and makes remarks at Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, WI. (+, >)
Virtual address to CHCI 43rd Annual Awards Gala.

Tue. September 22, 2020
- Two virtual fundraisers:  1. National Indian American event (268 people participated).  2. Hosted by Dennis Mehiel, CEO of U.S. Corrugated, Inc.. 2$

Wed. September 23, 2020
New Castle > Charlotte, NC > New Castle.
- Attends a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, NC. >
- OTR stop with Mayor Vi Lyles and NBA star Chris Paul at Mert’s Heart & Soul, picks up food to go, Charlotte, NC.

Thurs. September 24, 2020
no public events.  pool: "No news from Wilmington."

Fri. September 25, 2020
New Castle > Reagan National Airport.
- Jill and Joe Biden pays respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Capitol.
Joe Biden returns by motorcade to Delaware and Jill Biden proceeds to Maine.

Sat. September 26, 2020
- Virtual remarks to L'ATTITUDE 2020 conference ("the largest gathering of Latino leaders in American history").
- Remarks to the virtual U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Fall Leadership Meeting.

Sun. September 27, 2020
- Attends church services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, DE.
- Remarks on the Supreme Court at Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE. >

Mon. September 28, 2020
- No events planned but per pool report Biden "joined a virtual fundraiser on Monday night to fill in for his wife, Jill, who he told donors was delayed on her way back from Wisconsin."  Hosted by Joe Kiani (Masimo Corporation) and Sarah Kiani (Masimo Foundation) (60 people). $

Tues. September 29, 2020
New Castle > Burke Lakefront Airport (Cleveland, OH).
- Arrived in Cleveland at 4:45 p.m., brief stop at Sampson Pavilion, down time at "a private rental residence on Gates Mills Boulevard in Pepper Pike" [per the Chagrin Valley Times], an eastern suburb of Cleveland, OH.
- First presidential debate at Health Education Campus (HEC) in Cleveland, OH.
RON at the residence in Cleveland, OH.

Wed. September 30, 2020
Jill and Joe Biden travel across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania on a "Build Back Better Express" train tour. 1, 2
- Launch in Cleveland, OH.
- Station stop in Alliance, OH.
- Station stop in Pittsburgh, PA.
- Station stop in Greensburg, PA.
- Event with Joe Biden at the Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 66 training facility in New Alexandria, PA.
- Stop at Joey D's restaurant at the train station in Latrobe, PA.
- Drive-in event with Jill and Joe Biden adjacent to the Amtrak station in Johnstown, PA.
John Murtha Airport > New Castle.