I'm very proud of the way he [Biden] is leading with science. I am very proud that he loves the auto industry and is going to support what we do in Michigan manufacturing. — Democratic  Rep. Haley Stevens
I'm very proud of the way he [Biden] is leading with science. I am very proud that he loves the auto industry and is going to support what we do in Michigan manufacturing. — Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens
Vulnerable House Democrats stick by Biden as GOP attack ads ramp up
After struggling for months to dent Biden's popularity, House Republicans finally see an opening with his sagging approval ratings and are looking to take full advantage. The House GOP's campaign arm rolled out new attack ads this week tying 17 House Democrats to Biden and their $3.5 trillion economic bill -- the GOP's first campaign blitz directly linking the most vulnerable Democrats to the President.

... A president's job approval rating is one of the strongest indicators of how their party will perform in the midterms, and Republicans see Biden as increasingly toxic in battleground districts. The president's party typically loses 26 seats in their first midterm, and the GOP needs to flip only five to seize back power next year. Ahead of the 2010 midterm "shellacking," some Democrats had distanced themselves from Barack Obama as voters soured on the then-President.

But so far, Democrats are showing zero signs they're sweating the GOP's efforts to yoke them to Biden or expressing any concern about his decline in poll numbers. In fact, several of them who were targeted by the latest ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee said they'd welcome the President into their districts with open arms.

Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey said he would have Biden campaign in his district "any day, any time." Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia said she would "absolutely" welcome both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. And Rep. Haley Stevens said the President is "doing a great job" and "should come to Michigan."

"I'm very proud of the way he is leading with science," said Stevens, who noted that Biden had won Oakland County by 100,000 votes. "I am very proud that he loves the auto industry and is going to support what we do in Michigan manufacturing."

The National Republican Congressional Committee's 17 new digital spots attempt to paint vulnerable Democrats as foot soldiers of Biden who are going to support the "biggest tax hike in decades." The ads also use an out-of-context clip of Biden saying "your taxes are going to be raised, not cut," even though he has said he would support tax hikes only on the wealthiest Americans.

... Democrats aren't yet sounding the alarm over Biden's approval ratings, which have taken a dip following the surge in the Delta coronavirus variant and the administration's chaotic exit from Afghanistan. They argue there is plenty of time for things to trend back in the right direction.

"Presidents go up and down," said Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was one of the Democrats targeted by the National Republican Congressional Committee. "We get this stuff done, he's going to go back up."
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