Axios is out with a piece that games things out already….
‘IF’ the Democfratic President does run for a second term….
Joe Biden has always been about ‘people’….
Not just making money off the government and supporters….
As Biden weighs a final decision on whether to run for a second term, White House officials are showing how the powers of the presidency can be harnessed for a re-election campaign.
Driving the news: The emerging strategy is on full display this week. Biden is traveling to Michigan to talk domestic manufacturing and semiconductors, addressing tribal nations at the Interior Department, and hosting a glitzy state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron.
The big picture: It’s a formula we can expect to see more of over the next two years as legislating comes to a standstill: diplomatic engagements to emphasize Biden’s statesman role, day trips to swing states and special attention for key Democratic constituencies.
Why it matters: Biden advisers don’t expect the president to dominate the news cycle; they want him to fly above it.
- Democrats’ better-than-expected showing in the midterms confirmed team Biden’s theory of the electorate: Voters are concerned about protecting democracy and women’s reproductive rights, and give Biden passing grades on the economy.
- Biden didn’t pay a political price for only visiting friendly states and spending most weekends at home in Delaware or at Camp David.
- Many voters appeared to accept his argument that inflation was a global phenomenon and not the direct result of his spending.
What they are saying: “The midterms validated the President’s focus on delivering for the American people and speaking to their priorities,” said a Biden adviser.
- “Since taking office, he’s traveled the country talking about how he’s lowering costs, bringing back manufacturing and supply chains, protecting and strengthening our democracy at home and abroad, taking action to protect women’s rights and enact tougher gun safety measures and more,” the adviser said…..
Biden IS gonna have to get his disapproval numbers lower….
image…Biden greets visitor after pardoning turkeys at the White House. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images