White House plans campaign to highlight political victories ahead of midterm elections


U.S. President Joe Biden leaves Holy Spirit Catholic Church after attending mass on St. Johns Island, South Carolina, U.S., August 13, 2022. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – The White House is seeking to improve President Joe Biden’s low approval rating by launching a campaign to highlight some of the administration’s recent key political victories ahead of the midterm elections in november.

Members of the Biden administration’s cabinet will make 35 trips to 23 states through the end of August, according to a memo released Monday. Biden will hold a fourth Cabinet meeting of his presidency before Labor Day. He will also travel to Ohio to witness the grand opening of a new Intel mega-factory (INTC.O).

The memo says the White House will also host “hundreds of town halls and roundtables” in conjunction with Democratic lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives to highlight recent legislative victories.

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Public approval of Biden, despite hitting its highest level since early June last week, still remains very low as only 40% of Americans approve of his performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted last Tuesday. .

Biden’s approval rating has been below 50% since August last year as Americans grapple with high inflation and an economy still scarred by the COVID-19 crisis.

Biden’s Democrats face an uphill battle to retain tight control of the House and Senate in the Nov. 8 election. However, Democratic victories in recent weeks on major legislative priorities like climate change, gun control, semiconductors and drug prices as well as lower gas prices and subdued inflation have gave Biden and his team hope that voters won’t turn their backs on the party in November. .

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Political analysts have said Republicans are close to winning a majority in the House, but the race for control of the Senate looks much closer.

Republican control of one or both chambers could thwart much of Biden’s legislative agenda for the second half of his four-year term.

Details of the travel and media campaign plan were outlined in a White House memo from deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon and senior adviser Anita Dunn to chief of staff Ron Klain.

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Reporting by Steve Holland; Written by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Mark Porter

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