PARK CITY — Former Vice President Joe Biden will make a campaign stop in Park City on Sept. 28, but it's not clear if the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination will hold a rally or is coming just to raise money.
"I think we’ve discovered that there are some pockets of Utah that are excellent fundraising opportunities for Democrats," the head of Biden's campaign in Utah, Wayne Holland, said.
The visit is also part of an effort to bring the front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying to take on GOP President Donald Trump in November 2020 to all of the states holding presidential primaries next year on March 3, Super Tuesday, he said.
Holland said it has not been determined yet whether Biden's morning visit to Utah will include a campaign rally or another event open to the public in addition to a private fundraiser.
Park City was also a fundraising stop for former President Barack Obama, even before his 2008 election on a ticket with Biden. The first time he came to Park City, Obama held a last-minute rally near Kimball Junction that attracted a big crowd.
Biden is starting September in Iowa, then making stops in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, South Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.
He is also scheduled to be in Denver on Sept. 28.
"Vice President Biden believes we are in a battle for the soul of the nation and must make Donald Trump a one-term president," Biden's campaign manager, Greg Schultz, said in a statement.
He said Biden is running "to rebuild the middle class and ensure everyone get a fair shot. Our campaign will maintain a rigorous schedule to engage with voters in every corner of the country and build upon our grassroots momentum."
So far, the only Democratic presidential candidate polling close to Biden who's visited Utah is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who came in Apriland held a news conference in Big Cottonwood Canyon before her downtown campaign rally.
Another Democrat presidential candidate, Julian Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama, spoke at a Chicano leadership conference at the University of Utah in February.
In 2016, Utah's Republican and Democrats had to attend party caucus meetings in March to vote for their presidential choice. Before that election, many presidential candidates from both parties campaigned in Utah, including Trump.
The Utah Legislature voted earlier this year to abandon political party caucus voting in favor of funding a presidential primary election on the same day as 14 other states and America Samoa.