House GOP convinced Biden remains an anchor who will drag Democrats in November

House Republicans are still betting that President Biden is a liability for Democratic candidates, even as the president’s party says his legislative victories have shifted the momentum in their favor for the midterm elections.

The House GOP campaign arm plans to spend millions on TV ads tying Democratic incumbents to Mr. Biden by highlighting their party voting record.

The National Republican Congressional Committee unveiled new ads against Representatives Cindy Axne of Iowa and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, while the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, posted similar content. against a host of other Democrats.

“We are working hard to make sure every vulnerable Democrat has Joe Biden as their running mate,” NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said.

The CLF echoed that sentiment, pointing to their efforts to highlight swing district Democrats’ votes for higher spending, which they linked to high gas prices and inflation.

Joe Biden and his toxic agenda will be an anchor for every Democrat in Congress,” said super PAC’s Cally Perkins.

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Meanwhile, Democrats are banking on a change in the country’s sour mood after Mr Biden, who has long struggled with low approval ratings, won a string of legislative victories.

His victories include sweeping legislation to fight climate change, lower prescription drug prices and higher corporate taxes. That, coupled with outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights nationwide, helped energize the Democratic base.

But even as Mr. Biden’s approval score has risen in recent weeks, his jobs approval rating remains underwater.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she felt the momentum was turning for her party.

“Democrats can hold the House, despite some of the so-called conventional wisdom,” Ms Pelosi said. “We are now in a different reality, in terms of our own democracy on the ballot, the planet on the ballot, the future of our country on the ballot, and also we have always believed that we would win.”

Yet television screens across America are filled with unflattering images of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Mr. Biden.

Rep. Mike Levin, a Democrat from California who is a frontline member, dismissed GOP attacks tying Democrats to Mr. Biden as a distortion of the president‘s record.

“They’re going to do and say whatever they think is effective in trying to misrepresent the record of Congress and the administration,” Levin said.

The NRCC has issued numerous statements attacking Mr. Levin for backing Mr. Biden and linking him to inflation and high consumer prices.

Representative Matt Cartwright, a Pennsylvania Democrat who is one of the few members of his party to win a district won twice by former President Donald Trump, said he does not see Mr Biden as a liability, but it is important to distinguish his record from that of the president and his colleagues.

“I’ve been friends with Joe Biden for over 30 years, and I said what kind of person abandons his friends just because he’s behind a few ticks in the polls? I haven’t,” Mr. Cartwright said. “But, people know that I am not a candidate for the presidency. I’m running for Pennsylvania’s 8th District and I’m doing my best to represent them. I think the people back home understand that.

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