SEUNG MIN KIM, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden takes his November 8 election closing arguments to the battlegrounds of Congress as he tries to reassure recalcitrant voters while inflation and recession risks rage on. It has its sights set on Thursday’s message, which is primarily focused on the economy.
Biden’s visits to Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday and Philadelphia on Friday are part of a strategic two-step process designed for a perennially unpopular president. While touting the administration’s achievements at official White House events, he avoids overt campaigns in states where Mr. Biden has political power. You can directly endorse the Democratic candidate.
The White House has been focusing a lot of attention on Pennsylvania lately. In Pennsylvania, Democrats are actively competing for Senate seats held by Republicans, helping offset potential losses in other major Senate elections.
Biden was boosted on Thursday by news that the economy grew at a better-than-expected 2.6% annual rate from July to September, overcoming inflation and interest rates and ending two straight quarters of recession.
“For months, pessimists have argued that the U.S. economy is in recession, and Republicans support recession,” Biden said in a statement. We have further evidence that the United States continues to make strong progress, a testament to the resilience of the American people.”
“Great economic report today. Things are going well,” Biden said before leaving for New York.
Senior White House and Democratic leaders have publicly expressed optimism that they will maintain control of Congress against the traditional midterm headwinds. There is fear that the Senate will lose control of the Senate to a coin toss.
This is a position that points to Democrats having a far greater advantage than they had earlier in the election cycle. Especially before the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, ending constitutional protections against abortion and turning the political landscape upside down. Loss of at least one chamber.
The president has seen a steady increase in travel in recent weeks, but has avoided states such as Nevada and Arizona, where he doesn’t like Democratic candidates tagged with national party brands. Appearing at official White House events in California and New York with vulnerable House Democrats, raising campaign funds for candidates in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Oregon, and fundraising in Washington and elsewhere. Raised millions of dollars for the Democratic National Committee. He held his three virtual fundraiser Wednesday night for congressional candidates in Iowa, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Vice President Kamala Harris will also be in attendance at a reception with state Democrats scheduled for Friday in Philadelphia to mark Biden’s 15 visits to Pennsylvania during his presidency.With former President Barack Obama. Plans are underway for next week to make a state appearance on .
Also next week, Biden will headline a political rally in Florida on Tuesday. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Christ has publicly encouraged presidents to campaign alongside him in states that have tended to lean more and more Republican in the recent election cycle.
In Syracuse, Biden will showcase a major investment by US-based company Micron, one of the world’s largest microchip manufacturers. The company credits the region’s new so-called mega-fabs with new laws boosting domestic production of semiconductors. This will create 50,000 new jobs, paying an average of $100,000 annually.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) privately recommended the White House send Biden to Syracuse for a Micron-specific event, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Democrats believe it helps voters connect directly to party performance and job growth.
A White House official said Biden would use Micron’s event to highlight a closing message aimed at shaping the contrast between the two parties’ economic agendas.
“Everybody wants a referendum, but it’s a choice between two very different visions of America,” Biden said of the midterm elections. “Democrats are building a better America for everyone, growing from bottom-up to middle-out, an economy that works for everyone. We focus on trickle-down economics.”
In recent weeks, Biden has been standing next to a rebuilt bridge in Pittsburgh bragging about his infrastructure laws, reassuring seniors in Portland, Oregon, and making sure prescription drug costs are at your fingertips. and used the presidential bully pulpit quite a bit to further the achievements of the Democratic Party. capped.
Still, there are concerns among Democrats that voters are not sufficiently tying economic growth in their communities to what the Democratic-dominated government has achieved during the first two years of Biden’s presidency.
“I think we have to be more aggressive,” said Rep. Lo Khanna, a California Democrat. “We’re really getting our jobs back, but it’s not enough to acknowledge people’s anger and fear and say, ‘This is what we’re doing.'”
In the Syracuse area, moderate Republican Rep. John Catko is home to the House election for the vacated seat, a key pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the district Biden won by more than 7 percent in 2020. . A Biden visit could also give a boost. To New York Governor Kathy Hochul, whose reelection race against Republican Lee Zeldin has been heating up in recent weeks. White House officials said Schumer, Hochul, Katko and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will all be in attendance.
Ministers are spread across the country to spread the government’s economic message. For example, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is scheduled to travel to Cleveland on Thursday to discuss Biden’s manufacturing agenda with Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. Republican colleague Senator Rob Portman’s retirement has led to another pivotal Senate election between Republican his J.D. His Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan.
Follow AP’s coverage of the 2022 midterm elections at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections. Also, check out https://apnews.com/hub/explaining-the-elections to learn more about the issues and factors that will arise in the midterm elections.
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.