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Biden to be ‘fall guy’ for expected Democratic midterm defeats: report

President Biden will be scapegoated by Democrats if they lose seats in the House and Senate following next month’s midterm elections, according to a new report citing party sources.

“It’s all about the economy, and at the end of the day, everything is more expensive than it was a year ago, retirement accounts are plummeting, and gas prices are lower but they’re inching up again,” a Democratic strategist told The Hill. “And President Biden is in charge, so of course people are going to point to him, unfairly or not.”

Another source agreed, telling the outlet that Biden would be the “fall guy” if Republicans regain the House and Senate after two years of total Democratic control in Washington.

In the days, weeks and months leading up to Election Day, several Democrats seeking higher office have avoided the president — both physically and rhetorically.

Ohio Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan said in no uncertain terms earlier this month that he doesn’t want Biden on the campaign trail with him. 

“I won’t be asking the president to come in — or very, very few, if any, national people to come in and actually campaign with us,” Ryan told CBS News, “because I want to be the main face, the main messenger of that of this campaign.”

Biden speaks about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in DC on October 19.
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In Georgia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams skipped a Biden event in Atlanta earlier this year over a “scheduling” issue and Sen. Raphael Warnock, running for reelection, has avoided mentioning Biden by name or praising the administration’s accomplishments — instead touting the times he’s “stood up against the administration” and pushed the president on issues, such as student loans. 

In a possible sign of the president’s toxicity among the party, Biden is due to take part in just one campaign event this week, a Thursday reception for Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman.

While Biden’s status as the most prominent Democrat in America makes him the focus of every election, other party veterans suggest he’ll have little impact on the course of several races this year.

“This is a choice. Not a referendum on Biden,” Democratic pollster and strategist Paul Maslin told The Post, before using Shakespeare to reference former President Donald Trump. “Banquo’s ghost standing just off stage is still less popular than Biden.”

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Biden is expected to be the source of blame as midterms approach.
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“Biden’s numbers, while not great, have picked up a bit recently,” he added. “And turnout matters a lot. So I would not term him either harm or help.”

“What’s been interesting this cycle is watching candidates like Fetterman and Warnock in strong positions while Biden’s numbers have dragged,” strategist Christy Setzer told The Hill. “It seems like voters were already mentally divorcing Biden’s performance from that of Democratic Senate and House candidates, which means he’s not and hasn’t been a drag, but he’s also not helping bolster poll numbers for the [Wisconsin Senate candidate] Mandela Barnes of the world.”

The biggest effect of the Nov. 8 elections could be whether it makes Biden rethink his stated desire to run for a second term.

The president, who turns 80 next month, told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview last week he’s still considering running in 2024 — and would be “in the process of deciding” after the midterms.

“Is one of the calculations that you think you’re the only one who can beat Donald Trump?” Tapper asked, to which Biden replied, “I believe I can beat Donald Trump again.”

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