ST. PAUL — President Donald Trump is set to visit Bemidji, Minn., on Sept. 18 as part of an airport hangar tour of the Midwest, his campaign announced Thursday, Sept. 10.
The president is set to speak to supporters during a tarmac stop before flying to Mosinee, Wis. Trump's campaign said supporters would be invited to join the "Great American Comeback" events.
The visits coincide with a Minnesota stop from former Vice President Joe Biden who will make his first campaign visit to the North Star state Friday, Sept. 18. Details about that event had not yet been released Thursday afternoon. Early voting in Minnesota also begins the 18th.
Trump has committed to snapping Minnesota's longest-in-the-nation track record of supporting a Democrat in a presidential contest. He came within 1.5 percentage points of victory in the state in 2016 and with more money and campaign infrastructure in the state this time around, Minnesota has increasingly been viewed as a toss-up leading into Election Day.
Recent polling in Minnesota shows Biden has an edge over Trump. A poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult showed Biden had a 5-point advantage over Trump, while a KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA poll indicated the former vice president had a 9-point lead in the contest.
The Minnesota Republican Party on Thursday celebrated news of the president's visit, while Democrats pointed to shortcomings in Trump's COVID-19 response strategy and said Biden would provide better leadership.
"President Trump’s visit to Bemidji next week is his sixth trip to Minnesota in two and a half years, unlike Joe Biden who only recently decided to end his 1000 plus day absence in our great state," Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan said. "What Joe Biden took for granted, President Trump is making a priority."
Democrats said Trump opted to stop in Minnesota only after Biden made his announcement earlier Thursday.
“While Biden will talk with voters about his plans to build back better after the pandemic, Donald Trump will undoubtedly spew dangerous lies about the state of our country in hopes to distract Minnesotans from the reality of his failed administration," Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chair Ken Martin said in a news release. "Minnesotans won’t be fooled."
The Trump campaign event is set to take place at Bemidji Aviation Services Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Those interested in attending can register for tickets on the Trump campaign's website.