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President Joe Biden to deliver speech in Austin as Republican National Convention opens in Milwaukee

By meerna Jul11,2024
President Joe Biden to deliver speech in Austin as Republican National Convention opens in Milwaukee

President Joe Biden will deliver a speech at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin on July 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a White House official confirmed Sunday.

The visit is the first of three stops over three days, starting in Austin before heading to Las Vegas, where Biden will deliver a speech at the 115th NAACP National Convention on July 16 and then the following day at the annual UnidosUS conference, billed as one of the largest gatherings of Latinos in the country.

His appearance in Austin coincides with the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Republicans will outline their party’s platform and formally nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate.

The trips to Texas and Nevada follow Biden’s lackluster performance in a June 27 debate with former Trump, which shook confidence among many in his party in the president’s ability to win and lead for another four years. The president’s stumbles have prompted some Democrats in Congress, starting with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, an Austin Democrat, to call on Biden to drop out of the presidential race.

Doggett was not available Sunday to comment on Biden’s upcoming visit to Texas.

“We are honored to have President Biden at the LBJ Library to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act,” said Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and presidential historian. “It is fitting that he returns to the Library to mark this milestone as our 46th president, whose administration has committed to a ‘comprehensive approach to promoting racial equality for all.’”

On July 2, 1964, Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin. Biden plans to discuss “his administration’s progress on civil rights and his vision for delivering America’s promise to all communities,” according to White House staff.

In 2014, U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter visited Austin for a three-day summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Biden’s speech at the NAACP national convention in Las Vegas will focus on his administration’s efforts to promote racial justice, according to a White House statement.

A growing number of Democrats, including in Texas, have expressed concerns that Biden could cost them seats in November. The president has engaged in a series of campaign stops to try to calm Democratic concerns about Biden’s fitness for another term. Biden would be 86 by the time he finishes his second term.

By meerna

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