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Vice President Harris visits Park City after presidential debate

A motorcade leads Vice President Kamala Harris to a private fundraising event in Park City.
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A motorcade leads Vice President Kamala Harris to a private fundraising event in Park City on June 28, 2024.

On the heels of the first presidential debate of the election, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Utah Friday for a private fundraiser in Summit County.

Motorists saw traffic delays while the vice president traveled around Summit County Friday afternoon.

Harris attended a private campaign fundraiser at a local home on behalf of President Joe Biden, who is running for reelection in November.

Authorities were tight-lipped about the travel route, road closures and timeline.

Summit County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kacey Bates said the lack of public information is standard as a precaution for dignitary and state visits.

“When the vice president comes, or anybody of that nature, a lot of protections come into play. And with those protections come delays. So we just ask that motorists be patient,” Bates said.

If the vice president’s visit is anything like Biden’s stop in Park City last year, residents can expect intermittent road closures and traffic delays in Parleys Canyon and along state Route 224.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Tribal Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at the Department of the Interior in Washington.
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Tribal Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at the Department of the Interior in Washington.

In Biden's journey to four more years in the White House, he was in Atlanta Thursday night to face former President Donald Trump in their first debate of the year.

The Associated Press reports the discourse focused on the familiar campaign trail talking points – the economy, immigration and reproductive rights – but also put a spotlight on Biden’s age and his ability to serve another term in the Oval Office.

During the debate, the 81-year-old president’s speech was raspy and halting, and at times he appeared to lose his train of thought. That’s raised eyebrows among Democrats and political pundits, some of whom are now questioning whether he should step aside.

In a post-debate interview with ABC News, however, Harris said Biden had a “slow start,” and added the election shouldn’t be decided by a single debate.

“The bottom line is this," she said. "Let’s not decide who’s going to be the president of the United States based on the 90-minute debate. Let’s measure it against the last 3.5 years.”

The vice president’s Park City stop Friday marks the third time Biden’s campaign has appeared in Utah over the past year. Biden himself was in Park City to fundraise in August 2023 and First Lady Jill Biden came in January to meet with donors and visit a Salt Lake City high school.

In 2020, just 38 percent of Utah voters backed Biden in the election, while Trump won the state with 58 percent of voter support. Federal Elections Committee data shows that during this election cycle, Utahns have donated more than $1 million to Biden’s re-election campaign.

KPCW will have updates throughout Harris’ visit Friday including road closures and delays.

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