Biden makes sixth trip to Ohio as president as he talks economy

Biden hits the road again with a trip to Cleveland – his sixth to Ohio as President – as he desperately tries to turn around dire response to inflation and gas prices and reassure Democrats questioning his future

  • Biden makes sixth trip as president to Ohio on Wednesday
  • He’ll talk pension funds during a stop with union workers in Cleveland
  • Biden trying to woo blue-collar voters ahead of November midterm election
  • Voters give him low marks for his handling of economy
  • Democrats frustrated with president ahead of election 

President Joe Biden is on the road again Wednesday when he heads to Ohio to try and woo blue-collar voters frustrated with high inflation.

It’s his sixth trip to the swing state as president and Biden will use his time there to tout his actions on the economy – an area where voters give him low marks as gas and food prices remain at record-high levels.

Ohio has been trending red – Donald Trump carried it in the last two presidential elections – but it’s also home to Biden-type voters: middle-class voters from union-heavy households whose swing-voting habits decide elections.

Biden needs those voters to help Democrats maintain control of Congress in November’s election.

But questions are being asked – among Democrats themselves – on how much the president can do to help the party at the ballot box as voters voice their frustration with the state of the country.

Democrats fret that could result in losing control of Congress. 

President Joe Biden makes his sixth trip to Ohio as president on Wednesday as he tries to woo blue-collar voters frustrated with high inflation

President Joe Biden makes his sixth trip to Ohio as president on Wednesday as he tries to woo blue-collar voters frustrated with high inflation

Voters are frustrated with high gas and food prices

Voters are frustrated with high gas and food prices

And the Democratic nominee for Ohio’s open Senate seat – Tim Ryan – won’t be with Biden on Wednesday but, instead, will be campaigning across the state. Democrats are trying to flip the seat from red to blue and Ryan is targeting the same blue-collar voters Biden is speaking to at his stop in the state.

Ryan’s Republican opponent is the Trump-endorsed J.D. Vance, who is famous for his rags-to-riches story outlined in his memoir Hillbilly Elegy and for changing his views on Donald Trump, who he once called ‘reprehensible.’ Vance wooed and won the former president’s endorsement, facing criticism for his swift change in opinion.

While in Cleveland, Biden will appear with union workers at an area high school, where he will talk about his efforts to protect retiree’s pension plans.

Specificially, he will tout his American Rescue Plan’s Special Financial Assistance program, which will protect millions of workers in multiemployer pension plans who faced significant cuts to their benefits, the White House said. 

Nearly 2 million workers in Ohio will benefit from the administration’s actions, the White House says.

But Ohio also features many of the challenges Democrats are confronting in the 2022 midterm election, including economic ones.

For example, Intel has put on hold its plans to break ground for a new factory in Ohio, citing concerns over what Congress will do to help chip-manufactuering. 

Biden, in his State of the Union speech earlier this year, called the factory a ‘field of dreams.’ Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger was one of the president’s guests at the State of the Union.

‘If you travel 20 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, you’ll find 1,000 empty acres of land. It won’t look like much, but if you stop and look closely, you’ll see a ‘Field of dreams,’ the ground on which America’s future will be built. This is where Intel, the American company that helped build Silicon Valley, is going to build its $20 billion semiconductor ‘mega site’,’ Biden said in the speech. 

Voters in Ohio have said ‘inflation’ is their number one concern. Gas prices in Ohio, at an average of $4.70 – are slightly below the national average of $4.78, according to AAA. 

Biden economic adviser Gene Sperling told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that the president is ‘deeply aware’ that American families ‘have not escaped the pain at the gas pump and grocery line of global inflation that’s hitting families across the world.’ 

‘The President is also going to strongly point out how much the American Rescue Plan has done to help American workers, to help American working families, and to help ensure that we have the resilience to get through, to make the transition to more balanced growth with lower prices,’ Sperling told the newspaper.

Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan won't appear with President Biden when he's in Ohio

Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance

Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan (left) – who is running against Republican J.D. Vance (right) – won’t appear with President Biden when he’s in Ohio

Racial tensions are also high in the state.

The killing of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black man, by police in Akron, Ohio, last week resulted in protests and calls for Biden to do more on police reform.

And the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade allowed a six-week abortion ban to take effect in Ohio – one of the most restrictive measures of any swing state and one Democrats have decried.

All of these issues – abortion, inflation, gas prices, whether Trump should be charged in his role in the January 6th insurrection – have been on the Democrats’ list of frustrations with the president. 

And Biden’s numbers continue to fall. 

A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday found that Biden’s approval rating dropped to a new low in June, with 58 per cent saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing and only 36 per cent giving him the nod of approval. 

And just 28 per cent approved of Biden’s handling of the eonomy, down from 51 per cent a year ago, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll published last week. 


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