President Joe Biden is heading down to the Sunshine State to campaign for struggling Democratic candidates in races that, just a week away from election day, they almost certainly cannot win.
Joe Biden to Campaign in Florida with Charlie Cristhttps://t.co/r3VoXKaI5J
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) October 17, 2022
The campaign event today is slated to begin at 7:00pm with Biden slated to speak for the Democratic candidates.
With Biden’s approval rating hovering consistently around 40%, he has been noticeably absent from many tight campaigns. According to PBS, “Biden has avoided appearing with some of the Democrats’ most embattled candidates, including Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, but his aides insist he can be helpful from afar by talking about GOP policies they believe voters find objectionable.”
What seems more likely, however, is that Biden is being sent to states where Democrats cannot win in an effort to keep him away from voters in races that are close. Obama, while Biden is campaigning in the unwinnable state of Florida, will be campaigning in Nevada for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) who is basically running even with Republican candidate Adam Laxalt and Gov. Steve Sisolak who is down by a single point in his reelection bid against Joe Lombardo (R).
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement, “Florida Democrats rubber-stamped Joe Biden and his disastrous agenda every step of the way, so there’s no better way for them to spend their final week than campaigning by his side. Everything Biden touches becomes a disaster, and Democrats’ midterm prospects are no different.”
To go along with his low approval rating, Biden has looked confused at times on stage in recent months, and has struggled more than ever to put coherent sentences together when he is forced to answer questions from reporters. The best thing Democrats can do is keep Biden out of the spotlight, and sending him to campaign for losing candidates in Florida seems to be the perfect solution.