President Joe Biden visited a family farm in Minnesota on Wednesday and held a fundraiser attended by many of the state’s top Democrats, highlighting his administration’s investments in rural America while making his political push in state of his new opponent heading into the primaries, Representative Dean Phillips.
The president announced an investment of more than $ 5 billion, especially in rural areas. The funds will be used to better adapt agriculture to climate change, as well as to expand access to high-speed internet and improve local infrastructure. That funding comes from infrastructure and inflation-reducing bills that Biden helped push through Congress.
“Instead of exporting jobs overseas to do with cheaper labor, we are now creating jobs here and expanding American products and selling them overseas,” Biden told a enthusiastic crowd gathered inside a Dutch company barn. Creek Farms in Northfield, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Minneapolis. “We’re not just transforming rural communities, we’re transforming our economy.”
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack accompanied Biden on the trip. He is one of the top members of the president’s Cabinet who will spend this week and next traveling to several states to promote government investments. Vilsack called Wednesday’s announcement “an exciting opportunity to celebrate the importance of rural America,” while Biden said his initiative is “about investing in rural America” but also “about restoring pride in communities.” long.”
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the Minnesota tour was planned before Phillips announced his candidacy last week “and has no connection” to the president’s opponent. The lawmaker is the only Democrat running against the president in the race for the White House.
Phillips, 54, is a moderate from the affluent Democratic suburb of Minneapolis. Since last year he has been saying that Biden should not seek re-election and should step down to allow a new generation to come through. He cited polls that show voters, including many Democrats, are worried about the president’s 80-year-old age and his chances against former president Donald Trump, who leads the Republican polls. .