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Biden trip to Wisconsin recalls Clinton speech in La Crosse after ’98 State of the Union

A greeting to President Clinton is projected on the Holiday Inn Express in La Crosse in January of 1998 (photo from La Crosse Public Library)



President Joe Biden is set to visit the Madison area on the day after the State of the Union speech.

The White House announced last week that Biden will visit the region on Wednesday. The announcement did not say what specific town Biden would be in.

A presidential visit to Wisconsin following the State of the Union has been done before. 

Twenty-five years ago, on January 28th, 1998, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore flew to La Crosse on the day after the State of the Union address, to speak to a crowd of 25,000 outside the La Crosse Center. The trip had been announced about two weeks ahead of time, despite some speculation that Clinton had been invited to La Crosse at the last minute to avoid national media coverage of the sex scandal that led to his impeachment that year.

Clinton’s visit happened two days after he publicly denied having “sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. John Q Public

    February 8, 2023 at 5:13 am

    One liar follow in the foot steps of the other…

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