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University of Arizona professor weighs in on upcoming Presidential Inauguration

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 08:47:57-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Presidential Inauguration is a historic day in American history, but after days of tension in Washington and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event is planned differently than before.

Security is expected to tighten at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

"We won't see the typical public inauguration, as is typically the case and has been for much of American history," said University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy Associate Professor, Christopher Weber.

A smaller audience is invited to the inauguration and is to consist mostly of lawmakers and their guests. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that he plans to attend.

"I think we'll probably see Biden moving away from divisive politics. I think, instead, he will try to embrace a unity-oriented message," said Weber.

Weber specializes in political behavior and American politics and has taught at the University of Arizona since 2013.

"It was quite clear that Arizona played a pivotal role in this year's election. It moved Arizona to a purple state," said Weber.

During Biden's first weeks in office, many are expecting an update regarding the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The plan includes $1,400 stimulus checks.

The public is also anticipating the discussion of issues like immigration, student loans and climate change.

"These are enormous challenges. It will not only come down to how the Biden Presidency navigates these, but also how the Biden Presidency sells these to the American public," said Weber.