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Dem Lawmaker Shuns Campaign Help From Biden While Bragging She ‘Outperformed’ Him

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A leading Democratic lawmaker is putting a lot of distance between herself and President Joe Biden as she gears up for what could be a difficult reelection effort.

What’s more, Rep. Abigail Spanberger pointed out during a Fox News interview on Tuesday that she “outperformed” Biden in her home state of Virginia.

Host Dana Perino told Spanberger the Cook Politico Report shows the district she is campaigning for this November — which is the newly redrawn 7th Congressional District in Virginia — is listed as a “Democratic toss-up.”

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The former White House press secretary under then-President George W. Bush thus asked Spanberger whether Biden would help her campaign. But the Virginia Democrat made it clear Biden will not.

“I intend to do the campaigning myself. I am the candidate. It is my name on the ballot,” Spanberger said. “Certainly when I first ran, I ran in an R +7 district. And I won in that seat by getting out, speaking to voters, and making sure that they know who I am and what it is that I intended to do for them.”

“In 2020, I ran for re-election and certainly outperformed the president on the ballot by telling the people what I had done and what I was going to continue to do,” she added.

Earlier in the interview, the moderate Dem would not say whether she supported Biden for reelection in 2024.

“I’m looking squarely toward 2022 and the re-election ahead of me, working to make sure voters across Virginia’s 7th district know what I’ve been doing on their behalf and why I’m asking for their vote again,” Spanberger said. “I’ll be focused on 2024 after we get through the 2022 elections.”

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Spanberger has made headlines in the past.

During the 2020 election, audio was leaked of her torching her progressive colleagues over the embrace and support for the “defund the police” movement and other far-left policies that most Americans do not support.

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“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said in a post-election phone call with the Democratic caucus after the party lost seats in the House. “We need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again.”

“If we run this race again we will get f***ing torn apart again in 2022,” she predicted.

“We need to be pretty clear” the election “was a failure. It was not a success. We lost incredible members of Congress,” she added.

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Increasingly, Biden appears to be politically radioactive for a growing number of Democrats, many of whom do not want him to run again next time around.

In fact, by April, Biden’s poll numbers had plummeted so low that some Democrats began to hit the panic button.

“It’s bad,” an anonymous Democratic strategist said, according to The Hill. “You have an energy crisis that’s paralyzing and inflation is at a 40-year high and we’re heading into a recession. The problem is simple. The American people have lost confidence in him.”

“Everyone needs to come to terms with the reality that we’re going to get slaughtered in November,” the strategist reportedly continued. “That’s a fact. His polling has gotten worse, not better. It’s indicative of the fact that people have lost confidence in his leadership. There’s nothing they’re going to be able to do.”

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Bill Galston, Chair of the Brookings Institutions governance study program and former domestic policy adviser to former President Bill Clinton, said, “unless and until inflation comes down appreciably, that there’s going to be a ceiling on his job approval that’s a lot lower than the White House wants it to be.”

Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones said, “high gas prices are one of the biggest anchors on presidential approval.”

On Wednesday, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polling, Biden’s approval rating stood at just under 38 percent, his lowest since taking office amid worsening inflation, product shortages, and a chaotic and porous southwestern border.

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