President Biden hits the road Wednesday to defend the infrastructure deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House.
And while the president’s trip is primarily about politics, it’s hard to ignore politics, as Biden’s travel plans will once again take him to a congressional district on the battlefield.
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The president is hosting his event to promote his “Build Better” program at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill., A northwest suburb of Chicago. The school is located in the district of Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood, who was re-elected last November for a second term by less than two points.
While her district may become friendlier due to the upcoming redistribution process, which in the blue state of Illinois is controlled by Democrats, the Republican National Committee of Congress considers her “vulnerable” as she stands. standing for re-election next year.
Veteran Chicago Sun Times political columnist and analyst Lynn Sweet this week described the region as “one of the reddest parts of one of the bluest states in the country.”
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Democrats currently hold their narrowest House majority since World War II, and the GOP needs a net gain of just five seats to reclaim the chamber in the 2022 midterm elections, which will be big. started a referendum on Biden’s first two years as president.
Biden’s trip comes a week after he hosted an event in La Crosse, Wis., In the district of longtime Democratic Representative Ron Kind, who was also narrowly re-elected last year and faces a tough re-election in 2022 if he runs for another term in the House.
When asked about the policy of the president’s arrest in Illinois, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that “I would consider this less of a political trip.” And she again noted that Biden “is posing as someone who will represent not just Democrats, not just Republicans, not just Independents, but everyone.”
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If part of the trip’s mission is to showcase Biden’s bipartisan efforts, McHenry County, which then-President Trump narrowly won last November, appears to do the trick.
The same is true for Central Lake, Michigan, where the president hosted a vacation weekend on July 4. The area is in a safe Republican neighborhood represented by GOP Representative Jack Bergman.
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