Schumer: President Obama Will Visit Buffalo Region Aug. 22

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - We have more details about President Obama's scheduled visit to Western New York.

"I can confirm that the President is coming to Buffalo on August 22nd," U.S. Senator Charles Schumer during an unrelated press conference Tuesday morning in Sloan.

On August 22, according to Schumer, the president will begin a bus tour in the Buffalo area then head to Syracuse, Binghamton, and Scranton, Pennsylvania over a two-day span. He'll talk about the improving economy and protecting the middle class at each stop.

While we know the date of the president's visit, determining where, exactly, he will stop here proved to be a bit tricky.

REPORTER: What sites can you tell us the president is considering and why might...
SCHUMER: I know the sites he's considering. They're very good sites, but I'm not allowed to say.
REPORTER: Can you give us a hint?
REPORTER: Just to clarify -- is it likely, probably within the city of Buffalo, or are you talking...
SCHUMER: Oh, you're good. You keep trying...
REPORTER: ...Or more generically about the region?
SCHUMER: No hints as to where he's going.

Buffalo's mayor, however, offered up a big hint Tuesday morning.

"I know that our office was called, so I would assume it will be within the city limits, but we haven't gotten the final details," Mayor Byron Brown said. "Obviously, we would love to see the president visit Buffalo."

There's growing speculation the president could stop at the Buffalo-Niagara medical campus because of the rapid investment and growth there in partnership with University at Buffalo. Or, perhaps the president may visit the city's booming waterfront. During his last visit here in 2010, President Obama toured a manufacturing company in the city.

Then there's the critical question of where the President will eat. Last time, he went to Duff's for some of its famous wings.
This time?

"I'm going to recommend to him that he visit my friend Charlie the Butcher and have a nice beef on a weck when he comes to Buffalo," Senator Schumer said.

The president's speech will focus on the middle class and job growth. According to Senator Schumer, Buffalo made the list of stops for the president because Buffalo is "as middle class as it comes" and the unemployment rate in the region has been dropping thanks in part to job growth in advanced manufacturing and at call centers.

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