MILWAUKEE — President Joe Biden is visiting Wisconsin.
The president will be visiting Milwaukee on Feb.16, the White House said in a press release. This trip will mark one of the first stops of his presidency so far.
Biden will be participating in a CNN town hall, the network announced. Biden will be "answering questions from Americans as the nation struggles to contain" COVID-19. The town hall will air live from the Pabst Theater on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. (CST), CNN says.
This will be the president's first visit to the Badger state since taking office. Biden won Wisconsin in the November election by about 20,000 votes. He visited the state three times in 2020.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Pabst Theater said it was honored to host the town hall and to shine a spotlight on Milwaukee.
"We are proud that our strong, long-term relationships with groups like CNN give us opportunities like this,” Pabst Theater Group CEO Gary Witt said. “We're honored to host the President and shine a national spotlight on our city, our beautiful theater, and the Marcus Corporation's gorgeous Saint Kate arts hotel.”
The Republican Party of Wisconsin also released a statement, noting that CNN's town hall was taking place during the same time as Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' budget address.
"It is telling that President Biden has decided to counter-program a governor from his own party," WisGOP Executive Director Mark Jefferson said. "Either the White House isn’t communicating with Democrat governors, or the Democrats realized that it is in Gov. Evers’ best interest for no one to watch him unveil this budget.“