President Joe Biden visited Albuquerque on Thursday, making one final midterm push ahead of Election Day. For a few hours, his visit shed light on New Mexico’s local elections, the heated battle brewing at the polls, and the saga involving his student loan scheme. Click on the video above for a preview of his visit.
Update: 6:00 p.m.
President Biden is already on his way to San Diego, where he has planned another political event.
Update: 4:10 p.m.
President Biden is speak now at the Gallegos Community Center on the west side of Albuquerque.
Update: 2:18 p.m.
The President leaves the stage and meets members of the crowd. He will ride in the motorcade to a rally hosted by New Mexico Democrats.
Update: 1:55 p.m.
President Biden go on stage at the CNMtalking about higher education and its student loan forgiveness program.
Update: 1:30 p.m.
Local elected officials took the stage to talk about higher education at the CNM. Officials include U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez and Melanie Stansbury, Senator Ben Ray Lujan and CNM President Tracy Hartzler.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham also spoke. The governor and president will also appear together at a rally hosted by the Democratic Party.
Update: 12:45-1:02 p.m.
The presidential motorcade travels from Kirtland AFB to CNM.
Update: 12:41 p.m.
President Biden steps off Air Force One and greets local politicians and the military, accompanied by Secretary Haaland.
Update: 12:23 p.m.
Air Force One arrives at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Statement from New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce on Biden’s visit:
“President Biden’s visit is obvious political theater. It’s a desperate attempt by Democrats to get a big name last minute to salvage their lost campaign effort. Democrats know they’re in trouble, and Biden’s visit is a way to try to shift the national and local narrative away from the real issues that matter to New Mexicans and others: inflation, crime, the education, border security and the economy. Biden’s visit is a simple act of desperation on the part of Democrats. »
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti told KOB 4:
“There are real issues that people are concerned about, and unfortunately I don’t think this president is in touch with that, and I think this governor brought in the president for political purposes, but unfortunately it was a missed opportunity.”