President Joe Biden’s poll numbers continue to plummet as bunch of different crises that are having a dramatic impact on the American people, but that’s not stopping him from planning to campaign for struggling Democrat gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia.
Apparently, the president isn’t aware that his endorsement at the moment might be considered the kiss of death for any Democrat serious about trying to win an election.
Politico recently reported that the Biden administration is really hoping for a good news cycle this week, which is just seven days before voters in both New Jersey and Virginia will cast ballots for Democratic Party candidates to be their next governors.
Biden is currently in New Jersey to stump for Gov. Phil Murphy, who is predicted to win re-election, despite the fact the race has tightened significantly over the last several weeks.
In May, polls showed Murphy up 26 points over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. Last week, a poll from Emerson College showed the race had tightened considerably, with Murphy leading by just 6 points. Politico reported that New Jersey pols have warned “that there is a serious lack of enthusiasm among Democrats in the state.”advertisement — content continues below
On Tuesday, Biden will travel to Virginia to campaign for former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) who is running to be one of the few politicians in state history to serve two non-consecutive terms as governor (Virginia law prohibits governors from serving two consecutive terms). McAuliffe had led Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin in every poll, but in the past week, the race has become tied.
The president’s current approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s, which is pretty darn bad.
Earlier this month, McAuliffe acknowledged that Biden’s unpopularity was creating “headwinds” in the Old Dominion. The Daily Wire previously reported that McAuliffe made the comments during a virtual campaign event, suggesting the president had become a liability in Virginia.
“We got to get Democrats out to vote. We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington,” McAuliffe said to his supporters during the event. “As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia so we have got to plow through.”
A spokesperson who works for McAuliffe spoke with Politico and stated that after the event was over, “Terry’s point was clearly that Democrats can’t take anything for granted and must turn out to vote this year: Glenn Youngkin is running on a divisive, Trumpian agenda that puts election conspiracy theories and banning abortion first.”
The gubernatorial race in the state of Virginia has really become tight around the issue of education. During the last part of September, at the final gubernatorial debate, McAuliffe stated that he was “not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions.”
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe continued.
“Youngkin jumped on McAuliffe’s comments, releasing TV ads featuring McAuliffe’s statements. McAuliffe later doubled down on the comments and then released his own ad claiming he had been taken out of context,” the report from DW said.
While in New Jersey on Monday, both Biden and Murphy paid a visit to the East End Elementary School, where the president issue an apology for apparently knocking over a student’s infrastructure project.
“Whoa! I’m sorry, that was my fault,” Biden stated, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs.
"Whoa! I'm sorry, that was my fault," Biden says as child's mini infrastructure project collapses.
Gesturing to @GovMurphy, Biden tells kids at East End Elementary in NJ: "See this man here? He's the governor of the state. He runs the state. And this is his wife, who runs him." https://t.co/ghltjMuEH0
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 25, 2021