Biden goes to Massachusetts to support Senate candidate

To help Democrats win their 51st Senate seat in the runoff election in Georgia, President Joe Biden will go to…Massachusetts?

Biden had no plans to visit Georgia before Tuesday’s vote. Instead, he will try to help Sen. Raphael Warnock’s re-election campaign from afar with appearances Friday at a Boston call center and a fundraiser.

These actions mark the culmination of Biden’s long-distance support strategy that he employed during the November midterm elections and that his aides attribute to his party’s positive results in key races.

Biden will be on Friday at a call center operated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that was helping Warnock’s campaign and then will go on a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has spent millions of dollars to boost Warnock’s campaign. against Republican Herschel Walker.

Aides said the trip to Boston was requested by the Warnock campaign and Biden agreed, reflecting his promise to go where the Democratic candidates wanted him to in 2022. More often than not, that also meant not going where he didn’t. they wanted.

Ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Biden steered clear of key Senate races in states including Georgia, Arizona and New Hampshire, where his approval ratings trail their numbers nationally.

With 50 years in the political arena, Biden understood that state candidates in particular would seek to reframe a distinct identity for voters frustrated by politics in Washington, the president’s aides said. Instead, he proved a boon to Senator-elect John Fetterman’s candidacy in Pennsylvania, and his appearances with more than a dozen House candidates helped leave Republicans with the narrowest majority for the next Congress. .

Although he was not in those states in person, White House aides said, Biden was speaking on the issues that were relevant to those races from afar, from lowering health care costs to combating efforts to undermine election results.

“It didn’t matter where the president went; The message from him resonated a lot,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, adding that Biden spoke about the Democrats’ legislative accomplishments. “And that worked. TRUE? That worked”.

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