The Biden marketing campaign was hardly shocked: Its inner polls have additionally been worrisome.


The bitter numbers for President Biden within the new polls of battleground states from The New York Occasions and Siena Faculty didn’t come as a shock to officers in his re-election marketing campaign.

The marketing campaign’s inner polling had in latest weeks discovered Mr. Biden shedding floor amongst voters of shade, a key Democratic Celebration constituency, and trailing former President Donald J. Trump in vital battleground states.

On Sunday, the Biden marketing campaign circulated speaking factors to its surrogates that downplayed the relevance of polling normally, questioned how a lot voters are tuned into the 2024 contest a 12 months away from Election Day and supplied a reminder that previous presidents have had awful approval numbers earlier than being re-elected.

“Our marketing campaign is being constructed to win an election in November 2024 — not the subsequent New York Occasions ballot,” stated Kevin Munoz, a Biden marketing campaign spokesman.

Biden aides pointed to a clip of Donna Brazile, the veteran Democratic operative, delivering a certified don’t-fret message throughout a Sunday morning look on the ABC program “This Week.”

“I’m sufficiently old to keep in mind that Ronald Reagan was trailing in 1980 for his re-election,” Ms. Brazile stated. “I’m sufficiently old to recollect when Invoice Clinton was trailing, and Barack Obama was toast proper earlier than the 2012 re-election. Don’t depend out Joe Biden.”