by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Joe Biden’s domestic travel schedule appears to have two clear goals in mind: ginning up support for his infrastructure and economic proposals while boosting Democrats’ electoral chances heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
Several of Biden’s recent out-of-office stops have been to blue-collar areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that voted for former President Donald Trump in past elections. Multiple Democratic strategists told the Washington Examiner this deliberate targeting of “Trump country” voters could prove critical to maintaining majority control of the House and Senate in 2022.
Randy Jones, a Democratic campaign veteran and co-founder of United Public Affairs, pointed out to the Washington Examiner that Biden’s twofold travel approach is a “winning strategy.”
“When we talk about Trump Country we are speaking about relatively rural Americans with blue collar careers who have felt left behind or left out by Democrats in the recent past,” Jones said in a written statement. “This landmark infrastructure bill will not only bring jobs into these communities, but connectivity through broadband and incentives for investment through improved infrastructure. Coming into the midterms, this administration is talking about jobs, roads and bridges in the places where they are needed most.”
Ammar Moussa, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, called the strategy “good politics.”
“In just over six months, President Biden and Democrats have tirelessly worked to lead us out of a pandemic, build our economy back with record job growth, put more money in people’s pockets, and make massive investments in our nation’s infrastructure,” he said. “That is why the majority of voters continue to approve of the job President Biden is doing.”
Biden vocalized those appeals and took a non-verbal shot at his predecessor while publicly announcing new proposed “Buy American” rules at a Mack Trucks facility in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.