White House says Georgia voters should look to Biden’s record in runoff

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President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Biden is traveling to Arizona to visit the building site for a new computer chip plant and speak about his economic agenda.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) Luis M. Alvarez/AP

White House says Georgia voters should look to Biden’s record in runoff

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Georgia runoff voters should have President Joe Biden‘s record in mind as they cast ballots Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, defended Biden’s record during his first two years in office and implied that it means Peach State voters should keep Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in Congress.

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“I can point to the midterms and what the American people have been very clear about — protecting our democracy and making sure we continue to deliver for the American people,” she said. “That’s something that Democratic officials, especially in Congress, have been doing.”

Democrats outperformed expectations in the midterm elections, losing just nine seats in the House of Representatives and keeping control of the Senate. Should Warnock defeat GOP challenger Herschel Walker, the party will actually gain a seat in the upper chamber.

“When you think about the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Inflation Reduction Act … the American Rescue Plan, which is something that Republicans did not vote for, it helped our economy get back on its feet,” Jean-Pierre said. “That’s why you’re seeing the data points that we are seeing the last couple of months, with GDP [growing], inflation moderating, you’re seeing historic job growth. All of those things are important.”

Republicans have focused on other issues, including 40-year-high inflation that was arguably fueled by the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion price tag, record numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border, and rising crime in major cities.

Biden has not visited Georgia during the midterm or runoff campaigns. However, Warnock holds a small but consistent lead against Walker in polling.

An Emerson College poll conducted this week found Warnock is 2 percentage points ahead of Walker, 51% to 49%, but his edge is within the survey’s 3.2-point margin of error. The same poll found Biden’s approval is at 42%, a 1-point improvement compared to Emerson’s final preelection survey. Biden’s 52% disapproval is steady.

The results of the race should be known by Wednesday.

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“What I can say is what our message has been to the American people,” Jean-Pierre said. “What I can say is what the work that president Biden has done for the American people, and just lean into that again, what we talked about during the midterms, and that contrast about what Republican officials are trying to do. They want to stop all of the gains that we have been making.”

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