In an interview that was published on Sunday, former senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond called it “political malpractice” for Democratic candidates to not campaign alongside President Joe Biden.
In April, Richmond resigned from the Biden administration to take a senior adviser position with the DNC. He was questioned as part of a Washington Post investigation that polled more than 60 Democrats running in the most heated contests nationwide. Despite recent legislative and political victories for Democrats, the majority of the candidates have either not asked the 46th president to campaign with them or are “actively avoiding him when he does,” according to the report.
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In reference to Biden’s long list of accomplishments, Richmond told the publication that “Democrats have been trying to achieve them for a long time.” Who wouldn’t want the individual who was finally able to accomplish that to appear and run for office?
He continued, “If they are reluctant, I think it’s political malpractice.” “To not want Biden is malpractice,” the speaker said.
Richmond rejected the notion that candidates would distance themselves from the president and predicted that Biden would frequently appear on the campaign trail this fall.
“We could pay off the national debt if we had a dollar for every time someone underestimated or counted Joe Biden out,” he told the newspaper. “You’ll observe increases in his numbers and accomplishments. Voters want to see that, and if I were running, I would pledge my support for it.
The Post reported that Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who are both in tight races for the Senate, rejected suggestions that Biden would campaign there. Bennet declined to comment, but Ryan spokeswoman Izzi Levy issued the following statement: “We have not requested that Vice President Harris or President Biden campaign in Ohio and have no intentions to do so. Tim has made it quite obvious that he wants to lead this campaign, and nothing will change that anytime soon.
Not all Democrats in crucial election states oppose the president’s involvement in their campaign. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) stated that he would appreciate having Biden campaign for him on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
Kelly said to host Jake Tapper, “Hey, I will welcome anybody to come to Arizona, travel across the state at any time—as long as I’m here, if I’m not up in Washington in session—and talk about what Arizona needs.”
When Tapper asked the senator and former astronaut if he was worried that Biden would not be the best Democrat to keep Arizona blue in 2024, he responded, “Not at all, Jake.”
In a separate interview with The Post last month, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes—the Democratic candidate running against Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the Senate race—said he would urge the president to get involved.
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Barnes told the newspaper, “If he wants to come to Wisconsin, please come on down.” “We’re here to talk about a vision, to rebuild the middle class, and he’s more than welcome to join us in spreading that vision throughout the state.”
The 46th president will go to a rally on Thursday in support of Maryland’s Democratic governor candidate Wes Moore, however a trip to Wisconsin does not yet appear to be scheduled. The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, is a centrist with a preference for working across party lines. Moore is up against a Trump-backed rival in a state that leans heavily toward the blue.
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