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Former President Barack Obama urging Philadelphians to vote for Democrats during a Sept. 2018 rally. Credit: Son Nguyen

Former President Barack Obama will visit Philadelphia on Wednesday to campaign for Joe Biden, his former vice president and former Penn Presidential Professor of Practice. 

The visit will be Obama’s first in-person campaign event this election cycle, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, aside from his address to the Democratic National Convention in August which he delivered from the city's Museum of the American Revolution. Biden, who held a town hall in Philadelphia on Thursday in lieu of the canceled second presidential debate, is not expected to join him.

“He made me a better president, and he’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country,” Obama said of his former vice president during his DNC address.

Details of the Oct. 21 campaign stop are yet to be announced, the Inquirer reported. 

Obama had refrained from making particularly strong remarks against President and 1968 Wharton graduate Donald Trump prior to his DNC address two months ago, during which he said that America's democracy is at stake if Trump wins a second term in office. 

The former president did not endorse a candidate during the Democratic primary, but has since become a fundraiser and public supporter of Biden as the election draws closer. 

“So much is at stake in this election — from getting the pandemic under control to building a fairer economy to taking on climate change to protecting our health care," Obama said in a recently released digital video ad urging Americans to vote early.  

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