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Details of Biden’s visit not released yet

This afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chapel Hill to support U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and her campaign for re-election next year.

The event Biden is attending is a private fundraiser for Hagan and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a spokeswoman for the vice president’s office said in an email. A location and time have not been released to the public.

But Brian Litchfield, assistant transit director of Chapel Hill Transit, said Stadium Drive will be closed to all traffic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a “special event,” causing the A, NU and U buses to be rerouted.

The Alumni Center, the Loudermilk Center for Excellence in Kenan Stadium and Fetzer Hall are among the buildings along Stadium Drive.

When asked if Biden was going to be attending an event at the Alumni Center, Private Events Director Sesha Gaston stated that she was unable to divulge information about any private events.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said his knowledge of the event was solely based on what he had read in the news — he said his office has not been in contact with Biden’s office about the visit.

Kleinschmidt received a phone call from Biden last week to congratulate him for winning re-election.

Lt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said he could not give out specific information about Biden’s appearance.

During past visits by national figures, such as when President Barack Obama came to UNC in spring 2012, the police have been primarily involved in directing traffic, Mecimore said.

Robert Trumbo, Raleigh’s resident agent in charge for the U.S. Secret Service, said he could not say when a time and location for Biden’s visit would be released to the public.

“White House staff will put out where he will be whenever they see fit,” he said.

Though there is some speculation that Biden is considering a run for president in 2016, Kleinschmidt said the vice president himself has not spoken publicly about a presidential campaign.

He said Biden is coming to Chapel Hill to try to help Democrats get re-elected in next year’s elections.

“(Biden) and the president have policies that make it very important for Democratic leadership to continue to control the U.S. Senate,” Kleinschmidt said.

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