Cincinnati will have a moment in the national spotlight on Wednesday as President Joe Biden travels to host a town hall with CNN.
The trip will be Biden’s first to Cincinnati and his third trip to Ohio since taking office.
Don’t know what to expect? Here’s all we know.
When will Biden arrive?
The president is scheduled to land on Air Force One at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. From there he will travel to Cincinnati to visit a local union training center and then to City Hall that evening. It’s unclear whether Biden and the presidential motorcade will use the Brent Spence Bridge to cross the river.
When Vice President Kamala Harris visited Cincinnati in April, she did not use the bridge to cross the Ohio River.
After the town hall, Biden will leave CVG around 9:55 p.m.
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Where will he visit?
According to Biden’s public calendar released by the White House, he will visit a local union training center before heading to Mount St. Joseph University town hall. Details regarding the location and time of the union training center have not been made public.
We hope he will stop somewhere around for an ice cream as well.
Where is the town hall?
The town hall, hosted by CNN presenter Don Lemon, will be held at Mount St. Joseph University, a private Catholic college in Delhi Township, just west of Cincinnati. It will air nationally at 8 p.m. and cover a range of topics, including COVID-19 and the economy.
The location was officially confirmed on Tuesday and has met with disapproval from some local Catholics and anti-abortion groups.
Biden, a Democrat and Catholic who speaks often about his faith, has drawn criticism from conservative Catholics and Catholic leaders for his support for access to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, which opposes abortion, said the university is hosting the “most pro-abortion president in US history” and asked the public to call the university to protest with Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr.
While Mount St. Joseph confirmed Biden’s visit on Tuesday, the university said in a statement it was “capable and willing to host such an important event.”
“The University has always been and will continue to be a diverse and inclusive place where people of different races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, beliefs and religions can come together to discuss and share their unique perspectives,” the statement said. “We look forward to bringing the Mount to a national prime-time television audience. “
What to expect with traffic
Details of Biden’s route to training schedule and town hall have not been made public, but it’s safe to assume that between his visit, the FC Cincinnati game at 8 p.m. at the stadium TQL in the West End of Cincinnati and other regular traffic roads will be fairly backed up.
Cincinnati Police said they are encouraging the public to monitor traffic reports between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday.