Biden predicts Democrats could clinch Senate seats midterm
President Joe Biden predicted on Thursday that his fellow Democrats could win two more U.S. Senate seats by November’s midterm, bolstering the party’s majority to push through his agenda despite declining approval ratings. Speaking at a political fundraiser in Portland, Biden said he needed to promote across the country what his administration had achieved and that was why he was traveling more.
“I am determined to ensure that we keep the House and the Senate,” Biden told donors. He offered no predictions for the party’s prospects in the House. High inflation and the ongoing pandemic have contributed to low poll numbers for Biden and raised concerns that Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives and Senate to Republicans after the November election.
Earlier Thursday, Biden touted his administration’s progress on infrastructure, including new spending made possible by the passage of the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill that includes investments in highways and the high debit. The bill allocates $1.2 billion to Oregon and $8.6 billion to Washington State. Biden visited the Portland airport to talk about investing in a runway that can withstand earthquakes. He will spend Thursday night and Friday in Seattle, where he will observe Earth Day and talk about his administration’s plans to bring inflation under control.
“We’re here today to talk about the investments we’re making to modernize this airport,” Biden said in his earlier speech. “So through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we’re investing $25 billion to upgrade and modernize America’s airports.” White House officials have said in recent weeks that they hope to shift their voter outreach strategy by visiting more states to talk about the administration’s accomplishments rather than outlining the need for legislation that remains stalled.
Biden’s public approval rating stands at 43%, according to a two-day Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted on Tuesday. The two-day national poll found 51% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance as the country grapples with high inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That compares to approval ratings above 50% at the start of his tenure.
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