Biden, facing challenges after the election, returns to America
WASHINGTON – President Biden on Wednesday returned from his second trip abroad after taking office with an aim to celebrate the return of American leadership on the global stage and hope for Democratic victories in key elections in Virginia and New Jersey. In this case, the matter did not work out.
Instead, as the president left Air Force One on Wednesday morning, Glenn Youngkin delivered a victory speech as the first Republican to win Virginia’s governorship in more than a decade. In New Jersey, an unexpectedly strong Republican elected Governor Philip D. Performing against Murphy made the race so close until later in the evening, when he narrowly won. And a central piece of Mr Biden’s broader domestic agenda remained stalled after Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat from West Virginia, raised new doubts about the $1.85 trillion climate change and social safety net bill.
The political loss meant that in a matter of hours, the president went from celebrating American credibility abroad to facing growing concern in his own party at home.
The Virginia and New Jersey results exposed the party’s limitations in relying on anti-Trump sentiment to inspire voters, and they also highlighted a growing concern for Democrats and the White House: that Biden’s agenda passed. Failed to do or did not perform well on his campaign. The promise of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic fueled discontent.
When asked about the election results on Wednesday, Mr Biden said, “People are upset and uncertain about a wide variety of things, from Covid to schools, to jobs.” He said he believed that passing his infrastructure and social spending bills would address those concerns “quickly and expeditiously”.
He brushed off questions about how much of his stalled agenda was to blame for the Democratic defeat in Virginia. But a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the strategy, said the administration would use it to highlight the urgent need for the president to pass legislation.
Mr. Biden and his advisers are intent on emphasizing progress in negotiations to empower Medicare to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, an issue that White House officials see as an issue that concerns suburban and rural Virginians. may win support among a range of voters, including Turning to Mr. Youngkin on Tuesday.
But it’s not clear when the president’s legislative victory will take place, to show voters. This week, as liberals signaled support for votes on both bills, Manchin outlined his concerns with a revised social policy package and said he would not succumb to pressure on their demands.
It left Biden without a big part of his domestic agenda to use to rally foreign allies, and it left Democrats without a win to boost voters.
David Axelrod, who was a top adviser to President Barack Obama, said the Republican advantage came at a particularly vulnerable time for the White House. Mr Biden’s approval rating has plummeted across the board in recent months amid concerns about rapidly rising inflation, a persistent pandemic, US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a record high number of illegal border crossings.
“On some level, it’s not that complicated. When you have a country that is tense or embellished, the party in charge is in a bad shape,” Mr. Axelrod said. “It’s been a volatile time since summer.”
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, urged the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass an infrastructure bill to inspire voters.
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Quentin James, founder of Collective PAC, an organization dedicated to electing African American officers, said black voters who support Mr Biden are also looking forward to seeing progress on other issues such as police reform and voting rights.
“We asked the entire country to show up to vote last year. We gave the Democrats the House, the Senate and the White House, the presidency, and people are now asking: What have they done with it? he said.
While their legislation is pending, Mr. Biden and other Democrats will also need to develop a more effective message to voters, including a response from Republicans who have taught Trump the history of racism by focusing on how it is. Tapped into Aadhaar’s politics of white complaint. In schools, Mr James said.
“They’re talking about prescription drugs and paid leave and climate change,” Mr James said, referring to the Democrat’s message. He said that while those issues were important, “a different conversation is taking place in Loudon County, Virginia.”
White House officials said some election results point to Mr Biden’s growing influence over the Democratic Party. Former New York City police captain, Eric Adams, won the city’s mayoral race Tuesday by striking a similar balance to the president on public safety: appealing for reform while not hesitating to support funding for police.
But Tuesday’s election results showed Biden would need to address not only the potential impact of his broader policies, but also issues that are currently animating voters, Axelrod said.
“It’s a very tough fight,” he said. “But if the economy is better then you have a tough chance; You pass these bills, and the approval rating is in a better position.”
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