The choice is both practical and symbolic for Biden. Philadelphia is convenient to his homes in Wilmington, Delaware, and northern Virginia. The site of the nation's founding also highlights Biden's campaign promise to "restore the soul of this nation" as he casts President Donald Trump as a threat to U.S. values.
Pennsylvania was one of the key states that Trump flipped in 2016. Biden's campaign announced his decision ahead of a Saturday rally in Philadelphia that caps a two-week opening tour that started across the state at a union hall in Pittsburgh.