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Kamala Harris to visit Minneapolis for abortion talk and Tim Walz fundraiser

Details yet to be released

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions President Donald Trump's nominee for director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, during a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2018. Photo by the Washington Post.
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ST. PAUL — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the Twin Cities on Saturday for at least two events.

Details of the events remained Thursday, but here’s what we know:

At some point Saturday, Harris will headline an official event in Minneapolis described as a “moderated conversation on protecting reproductive rights,” according to an advisory from her office. “Protecting reproductive rights” has become shorthand among Democrats for supporting widespread access to abortions, as well as other related issues. It’s unclear if the public will be able to attend that event.

After that event, during the “early afternoon,” Harris will attend a Minneapolis fundraiser for Gov. Tim Walz, who is running for re-election against Republican challenger Scott Jensen. Seats for the event range from $50 for a student or “Young Professional” to $1,000 for “VIP Premium Seating,” according to information from an invitation Walz’s campaign emailed to the Pioneer Press. No other details were available.

The governor’s race is widely seen as close. President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings have resulted in few Democrats inviting him to stump for their campaigns, and Walz doesn’t appear to have solicited his help, either. Harris has traveled to several states to highlight abortion, which Democrats believe can help their chances during next month’s elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision over the summer, which struck down a decades-long federal right to abortion.

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Jensen and Walz participated in their only televised debate Tuesday night, and the two men are scheduled to debate live on Minnesota Public Radio at noon Friday, Oct. 28.

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