Joe Biden to deliver primetime address in Philadelphia on the 'battle for the soul of the nation'
The White House has said the speech is a major address
Joe Biden is set to deliver a primetime speech on Thursday where he will address "the continued battle for the soul of the nation", the White House has said.
The White House have described the speech as a major address, saying Biden will discuss how America's standing in the world and its own democracy is at stake.
Philadelphia will host the speech and it will come two months before midterm elections in which the Democrats will attempt to hold Congress.
They will be competing against Republican candidates who will look to gain further traction for a potential Donald Trump run for the presidency in 2024.
Biden will speak outside of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and where Abraham Lincoln delivered a key speech ahead of the civil war of 1861.
The speech will also take place within close vicinity of Congress Hall, where Congress sat between 1790 and 1800, while Philadelphia was the temporary US capital.
The Democrats are said to have growing hopes over their chances of holding the House and the Senate.
The White House said Biden would “talk about the progress we have made as a nation to protect our democracy, but how our rights and freedoms are still under attack. And he will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy.”
The speech will come after a trip to Pennsylvania, where Biden is expected to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence, marking the first of three visits over a week to the political battleground ahead of November's congressional elections.
Biden will lay out plans that include asking Congress for $37 billion for crime prevention programs and providing some of that money to police to reduce gun crime.
But the visit to the small city of Wilkes-Barre also gives Biden an opportunity to address a key concern for voters in a critical state that lifted the Democrat to the presidency and plays host to one of the closest-watched 2022 Senate races.
Republican former President Donald Trump, who is flirting with challenging Biden for a second term in 2024, is expected to hold a rally in the same city on Saturday.