As the Democratic Party continues too look toward the 2022 midterms with a great deal of rightful trepidation, a startling new trend is appearing out on the campaign trail.
President Joe Biden, whose abysmal approval ratings have conjured serious doubts about whether or not he should run for office again in 2024, hasn’t been receiving the usual glut of requests to head out to nation at large to boost other Democrats’ chances.
Few candidates said they wanted Biden to campaign for them in their state or district, with many not responding to the question at all. The Post also asked if candidates wanted Vice President Harris as a surrogate campaigner for the Biden administration and got the same set of unenthusiastic responses.Advertisement - story continues below
“No comment from the campaign at this time,” said a spokeswoman for Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), who is a Republican target in a state that Biden won by more than 13 points.
“We have not asked President Biden or VP Harris to campaign in Ohio and have no plans to do so,” said a spokeswoman for Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who is the Democratic nominee in a tight U.S. Senate race. Pointing to a range of surrogates for Republican nominee J.D. Vance, the spokeswoman, Izzi Levy, added, “Tim has been very clear that he wants to be the face of this campaign, and that’s not changing anytime soon.”
Some even stumbled over their words when confronted with the possibility.
Several Democratic candidates didn’t say they were opposed to Biden appearing with them in their states. But they weren’t exactly warmly embracing the idea, either.Advertisement - story continues below
“Well, I mean, I welcome anybody to come to Arizona and let me, you know, show them around the state and, you know, the issues that we’re facing,” Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) said when asked if he wanted Biden to campaign with him. “So, yeah, I mean, it doesn’t, doesn’t matter who it is.”
Some Democrats have had similar trouble answering questions about Biden’s own candidacy in 2024, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the NY Rep. dancing around the question in a recent public appearance.