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Obama, Biden to visit Philly next week

WASHINGTON – President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected in Philadelphia next week, where they are scheduled to speak at House Democrats' policy retreat in Society Hill.

The two-day gathering will bring the entire caucus to the city for two days of huddling about their strategy for the next two years. Obama will speak Thursday the 29th, and Biden will speak the next day, the White House said. Politico first reported their plans.

Local congressmen hope the event will also give them a chance to show off the city as Philadelphia pushes to host the 2016 Democratic national convention.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.) said he hopes to arrange a trip to Independence Hall, if time and security allows.

"I'm a born and raised, proud and totally biased Philadelphian," Boyle said of the competition to host the convention.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) said his entire focus is on the convention. Each day on the House floor, he said, he makes sure to find U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) – the chair of the Democratic National Committee – and give her a hug.

Hershey hosted the House Republican retreat earlier this month.

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