White House confirms Obama bus tour will stop in Binghamton

By Candace Chapman
By Matt Porter

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Barack Obama's two-day bus tour will stop in Binghamton, along with Buffalo, Syracuse and a stop in northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to a White House official, the president will be traveling through New York and Pennsylvania Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23.

"He'll discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has access to a quality education by reducing costs and improving the value of higher education for middle class students and their families," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

A local official confirmed the secret service visited a potential speaking venue in the Greater Binghamton area.

Binghamton University in Vestal had been mentioned by Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, as a potential venue. Binghamton Unviversity spokesman Ryan Yarosh said he could not confirm whether it's been selected.

Speaking to the White House Press Corps, Earnest responded to a question about Republicans who said the bus tour is another example of the president campaigning rather than legislating.

Earnest said the president will outline ideas to ensure students have access to quality education beyond just making sure they have the resources to borrow money to pay for it.

"I think there's some evidence to indicate that Republicans share that goal," he said. "We saw there was some cooperation between democrats and Republicans in Congress to reduce student loan interest rates that had doubled on the first of July.  So we did see some cooperation there."

Additional details are expected to be released in the coming week.





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