On Monday, we told you about how the President would be making a pit stop in several places in New York State. He's skipping over the Capital Region, where he's visited several times over the year, and instead is expected stop in the Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton areas. At least one elected official is already offering up suggestions for what should be included on the tour. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports.
NEW YORK STATE -- Senator Charles Schumer on Tuesday confirmed Upstate New York will be the destination for President Obama next week. Obama is expected appear in Buffalo on August 22, part of a renewed effort on economic issues.
"I can confirm that the president is coming to Buffalo as he does a bus tour of upstate and Pennsylvania. His focus is very appropriate for Western New York: It's on the middle class and jobs," Schumer said.
The president is no stranger to upstate New York. He last appeared in Buffalo in 2010 and has traveled to the Capital Region three times, including a visit to SUNY's nanotech college last year.
"Right now, some of the most advanced manufacturing work in America is being done right here in Upstate New York," Obama said in 2012.
For now, Schumer is only confirming the Buffalo stop. But the president is expected to make a two-day swing that includes Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Schumer said, "I am urging the president to come to Central New York. It fits perfectly with his theme and I'm glad the president is focused on the theme of jobs and the middle class."
Details on the president's trip to upstate New York are being closely guarded. A Binghamton trip, of course, would highlight the contentious issue of hydrofracking. But with Governor Andrew Cuomo likely to be in attendance, the issues Obama will raise will likely be as non-controversial as possible.
"I know the sites he's considering," Schumer said. "They're very good sites, but I'm not allowed to say."
Ever the promoter of New York, Schumer even has regional delicacies for the president to try during stops in both Western New York and Syracuse.
Schumer said, "I'm going to recommend that he visit my friend Charlie the Butcher and have a nice beef on weck when he comes to Buffalo. If the president comes to Syracuse, I'm going to say make a surprise stop at Dinosaur BBQ."
Whatever is on the menu for Obama, New York is a friendly state for him to visit. Having won the state by nearly 30 percentage points in 2012 over Mitt Romney, Obama's favorable rating stands at 56 percent according to a Siena College poll released this week.