In Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday, Mr. Biden is expected to herald his economic record while celebrating “the dignity of American workers” at an event with organized workers. His visit will be his third state visit in the past week and his 16th visit to Keystone State since taking office.
Democrats want to usurp two Republican-held Senate seats in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and their success or failure will be a key indicator of the party’s and Biden’s political power ahead of the 2024 presidential election. will be considered.
But the unofficial kickoff to the midterm election season coincided with a series of policy successes for Biden and his party that eased some of the Democratic pressures surrounding the president’s leadership and political acumen.
Biden hopes to use his recent victory to give Democrats a boost and avoid what was once seen as an inevitable midterm election. Biden’s advisers have made plans for the president to make his two to three trips a week for his November vote. With the pandemic preventing him from running for president, Biden has not actively campaigned in person since his early 2020 Democratic primary run.
Later, at an official event in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, Biden called for tougher new gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons, and accused Republicans of loyalty to the gun lobby.
Monday’s events signaled a return to a more consistent theme for Biden. It is the importance of organized labor in building the middle class and enhancing worker protection. Biden’s support from major unions has helped fuel many of his political campaigns, and he’s consistently looking to pay back.
In a memo and strategy document produced in August, Biden’s team detailed a dual-track middle ground message, denouncing Republicans as extremists and promoting his own list of achievements.
Over the summer, though, it was an open question whether Mr. Biden would be a welcome guest in the campaign or shunned by Democrats trying to walk away from a historically unpopular president.
When Biden visited Cleveland in July to deliver an economic speech, Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan declined to attend. He instead chose to campaign elsewhere in the state.
Other Democratic candidates declined to say specifically whether they wanted Biden to participate in the fall election campaign.
“I welcome anyone to come to Arizona and travel across the state at any time. Please talk about whether there are any,” said Senator Mark Kelly. He is running for re-election in Arizona, he told CNN, and he didn’t go so far as to ask Biden to come in person.
But on Monday, there are few signs that Democrats are avoiding the president. He is expected to appear in Milwaukee with Democratic incumbent Gov. Tony Evers in his reelection campaign against Trump-backed Republican Tim Michels.
In Pittsburgh, Biden will meet both Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state attorney general Josh Shapiro and U.S. Senator candidate Lt. John Fetterman.
Both Shapiro and Fetterman face Trump-backed opponents Doug Mastriano and Dr. Mehmet Oz. At a rally in Wilkes-Barre over the weekend, Trump tried to back his favored candidate, but spent much of his speech on the FBI search for Biden and his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump called Biden an “enemy of the state” in a speech near Biden’s hometown of Scranton.
Meanwhile, in Boston, Vice President Kamala Harris agreed with Biden’s message, contrasting what the White House calls “extremist” Republicans.
“Every day, workers are fighting to move our country forward. The extremists, the so-called leaders, are fighting in the State Capitol. Turn back the clock,” she said during a speech at the Greater Boston Labor Council’s annual breakfast meeting.