President Joe Biden is basking in his party’s success, claiming credit for several victories and attributing them to the resonance of his administration’s policies with the American electorate.
Among the wins highlighted by Biden is the re-election of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, whom he praised for running on programs aligned with the Biden-Harris agenda.
At a campaign fundraiser in Chicago on Thursday night, Biden expressed satisfaction with the outcomes, stating, “The Biden-Harris agenda has taken hold. People are winning elections on it over and over and over.” The President specifically pointed to Beshear’s re-election in Kentucky, emphasizing that the governor had championed initiatives reflective of Biden’s policy proposals.
However, some observers note that while Biden is quick to credit his administration for the Democratic victories, the roots of these successes may extend beyond his influence. For instance, it was highlighted that Biden did not actively campaign for Governor Beshear, referring to him merely as a “good friend” during his remarks.
Biden Celebrates Election Wins
A Democratic strategist in Kentucky emphasized Beshear’s popularity, indicating that the governor is “extremely well-liked” in the state.
Additionally, a senior Democratic aide in a swing state underscored that while the victories are favorable for Democrats, the President’s name was not on the ballot, suggesting that the results may be influenced by factors independent of Biden’s policies.
One notable win Biden highlighted was in Ohio, where voters passed a ballot initiative enshrining abortion rights in the state’s constitution. Seizing the opportunity to take a swipe at his potential opponent in the upcoming elections, Biden asserted, “The only reason abortion is banned in America is because of Donald Trump.”
However, an NBC News exit poll in Ohio revealed strong Democratic turnout and unfavorable opinions of Biden, with a 39% approval rating among Ohio voters. A significant 73% of respondents indicated that Biden should refrain from seeking re-election, highlighting potential challenges for the President in the state.
In his characteristic style, Biden addressed criticisms and poll numbers during his remarks, joking about recent polls that showed him trailing Trump in battleground states. He mentioned other polls that reportedly show him leading, emphasizing the fluidity of political dynamics.
These celebrations come amidst a backdrop of concern among Democrats, fueled by a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Sunday, which showed Trump leading Biden in five of the six swing states that Biden had won in 2020.
Despite the challenges and varying poll results, Biden remains optimistic, reiterating his commitment to the Democratic cause with a tweet on election night: “Across the country tonight, democracy won and MAGA lost. Voters vote. Polls don’t. Now let’s go win next year.”