Thursday, March 30, 2023

Biden says the Virginia race wasn’t against him

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Democratic failures in Tuesday’s election emphasize the party must “produce for the American people,” but he opposed the notion that the year-to-year election results belied his presidency.

Biden suggested that his failure to convince Congress to pass the $ 1 trillion infrastructure deal and the $ 1.75 trillion social and climate package before the vote was irrelevant.

In Virginia’s governor’s race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost for the first time to Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in the state, which Biden won 10 percentage points a year ago.

“I think we should have accepted it before election day,” Biden said. “But I’m not sure if I could change” the opinion of people in the republican regions.

He added that “people are upset and unsure about many things,” including the pandemic, the job market, and the price of a gallon of gasoline.

Biden made comments to reporters after the speech to emphasize that he said it was a “great day” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as children aged 5 to 11 were eligible to start receiving a preventive vaccine.

This was good news for Biden, who returned to Washington early Wednesday morning from Europe after learning that McAuliffe was nearly defeated by Yangkin, the first candidate and former chief executive of the private equity firm Carlyle Group. And Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy found himself caught up in an unexpectedly close fight for re-election in New Jersey, Biden, which won by 16 percentage points.

White House officials noted that while Virginia has followed a democratic trend in recent years, the incumbent’s party lost the gubernatorial race in 11 out of 12 elections.

Before leaving Glasgow on Tuesday, Biden argued that “the weekend is always unpredictable” and that he saw no evidence that “whether my agenda gets done or not will have any real impact on winning or losing.” two races of governors. …

In recent weeks, Biden’s polls have dropped, accusing the American public of being tired of the coronavirus. At the same time, rising prices and supply problems are affecting American households and political sentiment.

But the president said those flops could appear in the rearview mirror well ahead of the midterm elections in a year if Democrats unite on his agenda.

“If I can get through, sign up to the law, my Build Back Better initiative, I’ll be in a position where you see a lot of these things improve quickly and quickly,” Biden said.

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