President Biden grew to become defensive on Thursday when requested why so few Democrats have requested him to campaign with them forward of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
While on his method to Pennsylvania to campaign alongside the Democratic Senate hopeful Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a reporter pressed him about why so few different candidates need to be seen with him.
“That’s not true,” he snapped. “There have been 15. Count.”
The president’s sore spot was revealed on the South Lawn of the White House as he ready to board Marine One to start the Pennsylvania outing.
Democrats face stiff headwinds heading into the midterms with persistent inflation and an financial outlook that grows extra gloomy by the day. That’s another excuse Democratic candidates in robust races haven’t campaigned alongside the low-polling Mr. Biden.
Mr. Biden, who accomplished a three-state journey out west final week, notably steered away from stops in Arizona and Nevada, the place his presence may harm Democrats in tight Senate races important in figuring out which celebration controls the higher chamber.
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The president’s swing by way of Pennsylvania with stops in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is a part of the administration’s full-court press in the state to drum up assist for Mr. Fetterman in an important Senate race that can assist decide which celebration controls the higher chamber.
Mr. Fetterman, whose well being is below intense scrutiny since a stroke in May that left him with auditory processing difficulties. He’s in an more and more tight race towards Republican Mehmet Oz.
After skipping a number of occasions with Mr. Biden, Mr. Fetterman joined the president final month for a Labor Day rally close to Pittsburgh.
On Thursday, Mr. Biden appeared alongside Mr. Fetterman in Pittsburgh earlier than each heading to Philadelphia for a closed-door fundraiser.
Next week, Vice President Kamala Harris will be a part of the combine for one more Democratic fundraiser in Philadelphia alongside Mr. Biden.
A reporter requested Mr. Biden whereas in Pittsburgh if he plans to journey to Nevada to campaign alongside Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto or Georgia to assist Democrat Sen. Raphael G. Warnock.
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“I’ve got about 16 to 18 requests” from round the nation, Mr. Biden mentioned, including that his employees was nonetheless determining his journey plans.