Obama to visit College Park
With the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling fast approaching, President Barack Obama will visit Maryland on Friday to deliver his message to college students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The White House announced Tuesday that Obama will hold a town hall meeting at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus. It marks the first time the president has visited Maryland since April.
Though White House officials did not say what the focus of the town hall will be, the visit will come as Congress heads into what is expected to be a weekend of work on raising the debt ceiling -- an issue that has dominated Washington for weeks.
The town hall will begin at 11 a.m.
Millree Williams, a spokesman for the University of Maryland, said a "limited number" of tickets would be available to the public, though he said he did not know how many. Williams said the university first found out about the meeting from a phone call from the White House on Monday morning.
"This all came together in less than 24 hours," he said.
Obama last came to Maryland in early April for an event in Landover to tout an effort by private companies to purchase electric vehicles for their fleets.