President Joe Biden returns to the campaign trail Friday, traveling to Northern Virginia to tout Terry McAuliffe’s bid for a second term in the governor’s mansion.
As Biden Returns, Democrats Double His Presidency, Making It the centerpiece of their medium-term strategy for 2022.
Over their efforts looms the shadow of Donald Trump, who is already placing himself in the next rounds of the Republican primaries.
With control of Congress at stake, and Biden’s ability to push through his legislative agenda, Democrats have invested heavily in Joe, creating party anchors in some of the key battlegrounds as part of the coordination effort with the White House. .
That coordination includes a joint messaging strategy, specifically promoting Biden’s legislative agenda, including the Child Tax Credit and its American Rescue Plan. Last week, the three Democratic campaign committees released a rare joint ad touting the child tax credit and its benefits for the middle class.
The economy will be an important topic of discussion.
A White House official told DailyMail.com that the focus is on “the strength of our agenda and the impact it is already having — through things like the child tax credit — and will have through more jobs, tax cuts and lower costs for working people.” families.’
Biden will be in Arlington, Virginia Friday night for McAuliffe’s campaign — his first candidate-specific stop as president.
The Virginia race, along with the New Jersey off-year governor race, is seen as a measure of how the party will fare in the 2022 midterm elections.
President Biden returns to the campaign trail Friday night as Democrats double his presidency ahead of midterm elections
President Biden’s campaign for Terry McAuliffe to run for governor of Virginia; above McAuliffe and Biden campaigned together in Virginia during the 2020 presidential contest
Polls show the race in Virginia is tight with Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly chasing McAuliffe. A JMS Analytics survey published last month found that McAuliffe led Youngkin at 46% to 42%, within the margin of error of 4.2 points.
McAuliffe, a former Democratic Party head, is close to Biden and campaigned for him in the 2020 election. The Democratic National Committee is also investing $5 million in this race, the committee announced this week.
And while Friday marks Biden’s official return to the campaign trail, the White House has been on a soft sell-off of threatened Democrats for weeks.
When Biden was in Illinois earlier this month, Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood, a top GOP target next year, by his side. And when he went to Wisconsin, he had Democratic Rep. Ron Kind with him endangered.
And when Jill Biden visited a COVID clinic in Georgia this month, Senator Raphael Warnock, the most threatened Democratic senator, toured with her. And when the first lady went to New Hampshire for a barbecue on July 4, frail Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan joined her for the celebration.
“The president’s time is one of the most valuable assets a White House has,” the White House official noted. “Where he spends that time is indicative of what we see as the strength of our argument with the American people.”
But bringing in Biden has its risks.
While Biden enjoys a high approval rating — 63% in an Associated Press poll last week — polls also show voters think the country is deeply divided and Republicans are giving him low marks.
And historically, the president’s party tends to do poorly in the first midterm elections after they have spoken office. Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump saw their respective parties lose control of the House of Representatives in their first interim terms – 2010 and 2018.
With the midterm elections more than a year away, the Senate races are getting early attention. Six of the nine Senate races rated as competitive by the unbiased Cook Political Report are in states that Biden won last year.
And the Democrats have a slim majority in the 50-50 Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.
The president is expected to be active in helping his party maintain control of Congress.
“I would expect the president to be actively involved in the 2022 election,” Democratic Senator Gary Peters, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told DailyMail.com. “I fully expect the president to be very involved in making sure we have the majority and expand the majority.”
A soft sell campaign has already begun with President Joe Biden with Democratic Representative Lauren Underwood (to Biden’s left), a top GOP target next year, by his side when he was in Illinois earlier this month.
Jill Biden Sen. Raphael Warnock, the most threatened Democratic senator, by her side as she visited a COVID vaccine clinic in Savannah earlier this month
Democrats have four vulnerable incumbent candidates for reelection in New Hampshire, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. And the party faces crowded, competitive primaries in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The DSCC has already invested on the ground, deployed communications personnel to key Senate battlefield states, and invested heavily in voter protection as Republican-controlled state lawmakers passed new voting laws that critics say would affect minority groups — which tend to be Democratic. to vote – harm the ballot box.
The alignment of messaging and strategy is already in play.
“The DSCC is constantly coordinating communication and political strategy with state parties in the Senate states on the battlefield, as well as with other committees such as the DNC, DCCC and DGA and with the White House political department,” a DSCC employee told DailyMail.com .
Republicans express confidence heading into 2022. On Wednesday, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy referred to Nancy Pelosi as the “lame duck speaker” — which she would be if Republicans gain control of the House next year.
And the Republican National Committee said they will hold the Biden administration accountable in the election.
“Americans are rejecting the Biden administration’s failed policies and turning to the Republicans’ proven message,” RNC spokesman Emma Vaughn told DailyMail.com. “We look forward to holding Biden and Democrats accountable for their resounding failures when we take back the House and Senate in 2022.”
The shadow of Donald Trump looms over all this — though it remains to be seen how far and dark a net will cast the former president during the midterm elections.
Trump has weighed in on Senate races in Georgia and Arizona — featuring two of the most Democratic incumbents — and advised Virginia voters to watch their ballots in November’s election. Trump has endorsed Youngkin in the governor’s race.
Former President Donald Trump has already placed himself in the 2022 midterm elections, choosing favorites in competitive GOP primaries
And Republicans have their own problems, especially among candidates who have the most support from Trump.
Of the nearly 700 Republicans who filed the first paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Senate or House of Representatives, at least a third have embraced Trump’s false claims about his defeat, according to a Washington Post analysis. earlier this month.
Trump’s base of MAGA supporters remains committed to him and could have a huge influence in the GOP primaries.
The former president has already baptized some favorites.
In Georgia, which Trump claims has won and has berated Republican officials there for not supporting him in that lie, Trump is publicly pushing soccer star Herschel Walker to run for Senate. Walker has made no formal announcement of his intentions.
The former president will hold a campaign rally in Arizona on Saturday, where Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is running for reelection. Trump has repeatedly attacked Republican administration Doug Ducey, even after Ducey said he is not running for the Senate.
Trump also praised a recount of Maricopa County, ordered by the Republican-controlled state Senate, which has yet to release the results. Previous recounts found no evidence of voter fraud and confirmed Biden’s victory.
He will also likely attack Biden on border policy, an area where the president could be vulnerable among voters.